Complexity Science and World Affairs by Walter C. Clemens Jr.

By Walter C. Clemens Jr.

Applies complexity technology to the learn of foreign politics.

Why did a few nations transition peacefully from communist rule to political freedom and marketplace economies, whereas others didn't? Why did the USA take pleasure in a quick second because the sole final superpower, after which lose energy and impact around the board? What are the clients for China, the most challenger to American hegemony? In Complexity technological know-how and international Affairs, Walter C. Clemens Jr. demonstrates how the fundamental recommendations of complexity technological know-how can expand and deepen the insights received via different ways to the examine of worldwide affairs. He argues that societal fitness--the skill of a social approach to deal with advanced demanding situations and opportunities--hinges seriously at the values and lifestyle of every society, and serves to provide an explanation for why a few societies achieve and others lose. using conception to a number of wealthy case stories, together with political advancements throughout post-Soviet Eurasia and the us, Clemens exhibits that complexity technological know-how deals a robust set of instruments for advancing the examine of diplomacy, comparative govt, and, extra widely, the social sciences.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Stuart A. Kauffman

To the Reader


1. Why a technological know-how of Complexity?

2. uncomplicated thoughts of Complexity Science

three. a very important attempt Case: Why the Baltic isn't the Balkans

four. tradition and the potential to deal with Complexity

five. Complexity technological know-how as a device to appreciate the recent Eurasia

6. How Complexity recommendations clarify previous and current Fitness

7. Hyperpower Challenged: customers for Americans

eight. What destiny for the yank Dream?

nine. Why Is South Korea no longer North Korea?

10. towards a brand new Paradigm for international Studies

eleven. demanding situations to Complexity Science

Afterword: technological know-how and artwork during this booklet: Exploring the Genome Together
Daniel Kohn


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Thus, the history of human culture has been autocatalytic. Jumping ahead to events since the first large human settlements, Jared Diamond (1997) explained how geographical peculiarities such as the existence of cattle and horses in Eurasia bolstered the fitness of Eurasians compared to Americans and other peoples. Cattle and horses proved invaluable both in peace and war. Aztecs and Incas, for example, had nothing comparable. In chapters 3 to 6 below we shall see how, starting six centuries ago, other developments, intangible but not entirely accidental, helped Westerners dominate the world.

In complex systems with elements in dynamic connection, conventional scientific assumptions do not seem to hold. Instead, the behavior of a system “emerges” from the interaction of its elements (Casti 1995; Holland 1998; Levin 1999). Relationships among elements rather than the elements themselves become the focus of research. The elements in a complex system adapt in response to the actions of other elements in the system and to their environment—hence the concept “complex adaptive system” or CAS.

Enablements that permitted each hominoid to wield weapons led to polygyny and later to monogamy, but individuals and groups with the most lethal weapons could still dominate others or die trying. The combination of larger brains and improved weapons produced carnage on scales hitherto unknown. Pair bonding led to cooperation and harmony among ever-larger social entities, but when one large political unit confronted another, whole peoples were decimated, enslaved, or even exterminated. Pair bonding helped defend mothers and infants, prolonging the time when children could develop.

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