Hot Spot: North America and Europe (Hot Spot Histories) by Joseph R. Rudolph Jr.

By Joseph R. Rudolph Jr.

Even within the really serene global of North the USA and Western Europe, various conflicts with the propensity for sustained political violence are performed via family teams with alarming regularity. This in-depth quantity explores conflicts and power sizzling spot components in those areas, from anti-globalization protests to immigration politics to the Basque provinces and the ETA. assurance is split into 3 regions—the demonstrated democracies of the united states, Canada, and Western Europe; the democratizing nations of post-communist Europe; and the extra risky zone encompassing Russia, the Balkans, the Causasus, and Post-Soviet jap Europe—for a better figuring out of geographic interrelationships. This accomplished quantity is a first-stop reference resource for the main major political, cultural, and financial conflicts in North the USA and Europe at the present time.

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Notes 1. “CrisisWatch No. org. org; and Andrew Duncan and Michel Opatowski, Trouble Spots: The World Atlas of Strategic Information (Dollingdale, PA: Diane Publishing Company, 2000). 2. David C. Rapoport and Leonard Weinberg, in the Introduction to their edited volume, The Democratic Experience and Political Violence (London and Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2001: 5). 3. Although the two men convicted for bombing the building, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, had prior contacts with militia and white supremacist groups, no evidence indicated the latter’s complicity in their crime, which took the lives of more than 100 people, injured another 800, and constituted the worst terrorist attack in American history prior to the September 11, 2001, attack by al Qaeda on New York and Washington.

Prospects for Future Violence As in most areas of protest politics, antiglobalization politics and protests ebb and flow over time depending on a myriad of factors, including the activities of their designated adversaries, developments in the broader political world, the organizational cohesiveness of the carrier movements, and the mood of their members. Thus, antiglobalization protests in the early years of the twenty-first century abated somewhat, not only because WTO and G-8 members were unable to agree on agricultural policy, which slowed the pace of globalization, but also as a result of the growth of violent transnational terrorist organizations, whose successes dampened at least temporarily the enthusiasm of many antiglobalization groups for confrontations with local authorities.

The post–Cold War world thus remained a troubled one, and conflicts and violence are still very much a part of daily life on every continent, including the most developed regions of North America and Europe. The problems, issues, and forces that produce these conflicts are also to be found on most continents, and certainly among the advanced democratic—and democratizing—post-communist states of North America and Europe. The most visible of these are perhaps the threat or reality of terrorism, both domestic and transnational, and the force of nationalism, both benign and disruptive.

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