The Global Village Myth
Patrick Porter presents his book, The Global Village Myth - Distance, War, and the Limits of Power, and disputes globalism's claims and the outcomes that so often waste blood and treasure in the pursuit of an unattainable "total" security.
In this seminar, Patrick Porter will give a presentation based on his recent book The Global Village Myth Distance, War, and the Limits of Power:
“According to security elites, revolutions in information, transport, and weapons technologies have shrunk the world, leaving the United States and its allies more vulnerable than ever to violent threats like terrorism or cyberwar. As a result, they practice responses driven by fear: theories of falling dominoes, hysteria in place of sober debate, and an embrace of preemptive war to tame a chaotic world.
Patrick Porter challenges these ideas. In The Global Village Myth, he disputes globalism's claims and the outcomes that so often waste blood and treasure in the pursuit of an unattainable "total" security. Porter reexamines the notion of the endangered global village by examining Al-Qaeda's global guerilla movement, military tensions in the Taiwan Strait, and drones and cyberwar, two technologies often used by globalists to support their views. His critique exposes the folly of disastrous wars and the loss of civil liberties resulting from the globalist enterprise. Showing that technology expands rather than shrinks strategic space, Porter offers an alternative outlook to lead policymakers toward more sensible responses—and a wiser, more sustainable grand strategy.”
Patrick Porter is Professor of Strategic Studies, University of Exeter (UK) and the author of Military Orientalism: Eastern War through Western Eyes. Svein Efjestad, Policy Director at Norwegian Minstry of Defence will give comments before we open for Q&A.
Programme 13 - 14.30:
Patrick Porter: The Global Village Myth
Comments: Svein Efjestad
Svein EfjestadPolicy director, Norwegian Ministry of Defence