Reflection Group “Monopoly on the use of force 2.0?”

Is there a need for new peace and ­security rules in the 21st century?

Ann L. Phillips

Think Piece No. 14: The impact of identity politics on the monopoly on the use of force

According to Ann L. Phillips, identity politics are the driving force behind fragmentation, undermine the nation-state and threaten order and predictability. She suggests strengthening the capacity of governments and societies to negotiate solutions to problems and disagreements.

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Summary

  • Identity politics mobilized along ethnic and/or religious lines has filled the vacuum created by the demise of ideological contenders for universal allegiance at the end of the twentieth century. It constitutes the driving force behind fragmentation and undermines the nation-state as the organizing unit of international relations.
  • The unraveling of the nation-state and its monopoly on the use of force has dire consequences for order and predictability upon which security, stability, development and prosperity have been based.
  • A healthy response requires strengthening the capacity of governments and societies to negotiate effective and legitimate solutions to existing problems and disagreements among them.

Arbeitseinheit: Think Piece

Phillips, Ann L.

The impact of identity politics on the monopoly on the use of force

Berlin, 2016

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