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A Fearful Symmetry: The New Soldier in the Age of Asymmetric by Rumu Sarkar Ph.D.

By Rumu Sarkar Ph.D.

In A nervous Symmetry: the recent Soldier within the Age of uneven clash Professor Rumu Sarkar deploys a brand new set of analytical strategies to border the phenomenon of world terrorism in a manner that's either illuminating and fruitful in its useful purposes for NATO, UN, and AU forces. With cutting edge conceptual instruments built in her essay, "Une Sym?trie de los angeles Peur," which was once the Prix Fondation Saint-Cyr 2007 essay award winner, Sarkar makes use of the dialectic solution to build in A nervous Symmetry a brand new severe paradigm to unravel the underlying tensions resulting in worldwide terrorism. imperative to this paradigm is Sarkar's transformational version of the recent Soldier: a warrior who makes use of compassion, empathy, and cultural knowing as strategic guns of struggle so as to definitively finish the apprehensive Symmetry. those highbrow talents and emotional functions has to be inculcated within the New Soldier, now not as ethical imperatives, yet as key operational resources for struggling with international jihadism and resolving the conflicts and tensions that lead to international clash. A worried Symmetry exams its paradigm opposed to case experiences of the dialectics of terrorism in failed states (e.g., Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone) and non-failed states (including Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), the stalemates blocking off state-centered recommendations of zero-sum counterclaims, as in Palestine, Western Sahara, and Kashmir, and the promise of recent kinds of multilateral, multinational, multicultural, and multilingual activity strength cooperation exemplified via the experimental partnership among NATO and AU Standby Forces.

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For 60 years, the United States has pushed countries to open their markets, free up their politics, and embrace trade and technology. American diplomats, businessmen, and intellectuals have urged people in distant lands to be unafraid of change, to join the advanced world, to learn the secrets of our success. Yet just as they are beginning to do so, we are losing faith in such ideas. We have become suspicious of trade, openness, immigration, and investment because now it’s not Americans going abroad but foreigners coming to America.

The country thrives on the hunger and energy of poor immigrants. Faced with the new technologies of foreign companies, or growing markets overseas, it adapts and adjusts. 17 Despite his optimism, he also warns: Americans—particularly the American government—have not really understood the rise of the rest. This is one of the most thrilling stories in history. Billions of people are escaping from abject poverty. The world will be enriched and ennobled as they become consumers, producers, inventors, thinkers, dreamers, and doers.

It is a thoroughly modern state with vast infrastructure, a fiercely critical and diverse media, an active global economy and strong ties with regional powers such as China and Iran. ’’ . . The monotonous drone of ‘‘failure’’ implies that its fragile democracy is not worth preserving. 13 15 16 A Fearful Symmetry However, the actions of the Pakistan government have belied this overly reductionist viewpoint. In fact, Pakistan’s political and military leaders have endorsed a peace agreement known as the Malakand Accord, which allows for the imposition of shari’a, or Islamic law, in a large portion of the Northwest Frontier Province and ends the military operation of the Pakistan government in Swat.

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