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By Yosef Lapid

In an exam of cultural swap within the post-Cold conflict period, this paintings addresses a sequence of questions protecting issues reminiscent of the inability of curiosity in tradition and identification in IR thought, and the case for rethinking the modern theoretical succeed in of the techniques.

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The Versailles conferees tried to limit the principle to the Hapsburg and Ottoman empires, which, because of their polyglot character, were the worst places to start. The result set the stage for World War I I and is echoed in current B alkan conflicts. The self-determination principle was also enshrined in the UN Charter, where it was invoked after 1 945 in sup­ port of Third World independence movements. Decolonization proceeded despite the fact that the only unity in evidence in some cases was that imposed by arbitrary colonial boundaries.

In later years, of course, the United States attracted immigrants of so many ethnicities that the only possible "American" ethnos was one based on myths of individual liberty and democratic citizenship. The American experience points up the fact that democracy is a brilliant ideo­ logical invention, not least because it does not demand that citizens give up their ethnic, religious, or other loyalties, unless those threaten the democra­ tic process itself. It is significant, for example, that rioting blacks in urban ghettos demand not a separate state but a share of the pie promised by their status as Americans.

As Peters and I DENTITIES AND LOYALTIES IN GLOBAL POLITICS 41 Peters explain, there are "at least three large games being played" in Europe today. One is a "coping with interdependence" game in which governments seek "to extract as much as possible from the EC, while relinquishing as lit­ tle . . " Another involves competition among European institu­ tions themselves. " Twenty-three directorates-general develop ''their own organizational cultures and approaches to policy," compete for �'policy space," and attempt to establish "their own working relationships .

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