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By Hanna Samir Kassab

This ebook stories systemic vulnerabilities and their effect on states and person survival. the writer theorizes that the constitution of the overseas approach is a made from the distribution of services and vulnerabilities throughout states. States functionality or behave when it comes to those systemic threats. the writer examines a couple of particular case-studies targeting army, fiscal, environmental, political and cyber vulnerabilities, and the way assorted states are impacted by means of them. Arguing that present makes an attempt to securitize those vulnerabilities via protective international guidelines are mostly failing, the books makes the case for prioritizing fiscal improvement and human security. 

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Simply put, people who see themselves as different for whatever reason, due to ethnic differences and historical experiences for example, want to rule themselves. We are, of course, not so different; as the saying goes, all are created equal, equal in the sense that we all die in similar ways. We can die from vulnerabilities: from being shot or stabbed (military and political vulnerabilities), from starvation (economic vulnerabilities), from exposure to the elements (environmental vulnerabilities), from disease outbreaks and epidemics (societal vulnerabilities), and from a lack of city-provided infrastructure (cyber-vulnerabilities).

The process of globalization in one form or another, which has been centuries in the making since 1492 (even before that), has formed an interrelated, interdependent world. The intercourse of nations and peoples, economies and environments, has resulted in an explosion of wealth but also negative externalities with serious systemic reach. The spread of these shocks forces states to behave in a reactionary way to prevent unnecessary death and suffering of their people. Today, state survival can be endangered not just by other states, but by economic shock, disease, natural disasters and so forth.

9 puts forward a cognitive framework of state capacity which discusses the power of mentalities in shaping state behavior. This constructivist chapter will examine how states identify themselves as either great or weak. A state’s mentality produces behavior. Mentalities are created out of a normative necessity for the purposes of self-esteem and independence. Their power to influence the international system is derived from this given historical interaction as either colonized or colonizer. This question requires students to go deeper into psychoanalysis.

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