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Category: Political theory

New Sovereignty Challenges for the West

By Ignas Kalpokas

Sovereignty, once the key organising principle of the international system, has become increasingly problematic in today’s world. Globalisation, migration, the rise of international organisations, human rights, and transnational businesses – all of them have put sovereignty in question in their own ways. And yet, this post argues that the West currently faces a completely new sovereignty challenge, one that is, ultimately, also a question of the self. Drawing some inspiration from a 2010 book by Wendy Brown, I will endeavour to show that sovereignty, instead of being relegated to the margins of the modern world, has simply been disconnected from its usual referent – the state – and has taken new forms. And, the argument has it, this transformation underpins the West’s inability to deal with some of the most pertinent current crises.