Turbulence in the Post-Cold War Era

Autor: Stanisław Bieleń

Wydawnictwo: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego

The author pinpoints the relations between geopolitics and globalisation from the angle of the post-Cold War politically turbulent order. Against this background of a clash between two opposing tendencies revisionism and defence of the status quo the author determines the dynamics of the deconcentration of forces in the international system, which is increasingly polycentric and less and less monocentric. He devotes much attention to the identity crisis of the West (from the crisis of US leadership to the depreciation of NATO). He characterizes Russia, with its aspirations to rebuild its superpower status and its imperial mission, as the main geopolitical opponent of the West. Pointing to the contemporary discourse on Russia and the risk of escalating a new confrontation reminiscent of the Cold War era, he critically assesses the consequences of Poland's international policy. Perhaps the biggest virtue that jumps out from the pages of the book under review is the authors intellectual independence and scrupulousness, which pay heed to no fashion or environmental conformism. The social sciences today, unfortunately, are not free of these, nor of ideological and political commitments that may certainly enhance individual academic careers, but objectively harm science, whatever the political system; above all, they violate the academic imperative of impartiality in the pursuit of knowledge. In this respect, Bieleńs book can serve as a model to be emulated by younger generations of researchers, whom it will encourage to take the high road of individual sovereignty, avoiding compromises with the truth that could lead them to put undue, ill-directed emphasis on their own career success and rapid advancement as measured by quantitative administrative methods. (From a publishers review by Jarosław Dobrzański) Professor Bieleńs work, in comparison with those of many other Polish authors, has the merit of approaching the subject investigated from a broad perspective that is untainted as often happens with polonocentrism, which is frequently combined with a very subjective view of history that limits an authors ability to refrain from overly partial analyses. The method employed in this work is helpful in making sense of the interests of particular states, and of the pleasant or unpleasant realities functioning within every state, especially powerful states including those allied with Poland - that never put the interests of their allies ahead of their own (...). From the perspective of foreign researchers who are rather unfamiliar with the realities of Poland, Professor Bieleńs work can be helpful in understanding todays Poland as it actually functions, but is not too subjective for readers to accept the description provided of situations that often discourage many researchers from the realities of Poland. This also applies more broadly, to the educated foreign public, especially in the countries of the West and in Russia; in both cases, Poles are often suspected of being partial and of taking a subjective view of the reality around them. (From a publishers review by Bruno Drwęski) ****** Turbulencje epoki pozimnowojennej Autor diagnozuje relacje między geopolityką i globalizacją przez pryzmat zakłóceń (turbulencji) ładu pozimnowojennego. Na tle dwóch przeciwstawnych tendencji rewizjonizmu i obrony status quo omawia dynamikę dekoncentracji sił w systemie międzynarodowym, który jest coraz bardziej policentryczny (poligonia), a coraz mniej monocentryczny (hegemonia). Wiele uwagi poświęca kryzysowi tożsamości Zachodu (od kryzysu przywództwa USA, po deprecjację NATO). Jako głównego geopolitycznego oponenta Zachodu najszerzej charakteryzuje Rosję, jej dążenia do odbudowy statusu mocarstwa oraz misyjność imperialną. Opisując współczesny dyskurs wokół Rosji i ryzyko eskalacji nowej konfrontacji, przypominającej czasy zimnej wojny, krytycznie ocenia konsekwencje prowadzonej przez Polskę polityki międzynarodowej. Publikacja na licencji Creative Commons Uznanie autorstwa 3.0 PL (CC BY 3.0 PL) (pełna treść wzorca dostępna pod adresem:
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