Nowhere to Hide: Nation States' Security and Stability in the Age of Globalization

Author: Taiwo, Bello
Journal: Journal of Globalization Studies. Volume 8, Number 2 / November 2017

Nations of the world have become closely connected and interdependent today than they were many centuries ago. This development did not emerge in a flux; it happened as a result of the active globalization mission or project championed by the United States beginning from the 1990s after the end of the Cold War. Globalization, since then, has played many roles in the lives of people as well as the nation states. While some have viewed the impacts of globalization as negative, others have argued that globalization has several benefits to offer countries that subscribe to its philosophy. This paper examines the impacts of globalization on the stability or security of nation states. Using some key literature and drawing on case studies from current global developments, the paper argues that globalization, though does not have the capacity to reduce the power of the nation states, has a high capacity to challenge and threaten the security and stability of nation states.

Keywords: globalization, nation states, United States, security.