Relevance Of Sovereignty And The Threat Of Terrorism

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Relevance of Sovereignty
Sovereignty, in its’ most traditional Westphalian view, is defined by scholars as the principal and expectation that states have legal and political supremacy –or ultimate authority–within their territorial boundaries (F.L.S. 47), but as the world continues to grow and complex, the relevance of Westphalian sovereignty is repeatedly questioned. Many factors now play into the role of sovereignty, complicating the once simplistic view. These factors include the expanding necessity of humanitarian intervention along with eliminating the threat of terrorism. Sovereignty, as defined in the Westphalian sense, is only useful today in international politics to the extent that states still require justification for their interventions, heavily varying from the idea of state supremacy within its borders. Globalization alongside intricate international affairs, such as terrorism and humanitarian intervention, largely influence current sovereignty norms.
Conventional sovereignty assumes a world of “autonomous, internationally recognized, and well-governed states” according to Stephen Krasner, international relations professor at Stanford University. Krasner poses a strong and widely acknowledged argument around the evidence that the rules of sovereignty are continually broken by powerful states to “fix badly governed or collapsed states,” and breaks sovereignty down into three main types; domestic, international legal, and Westphalian. These types all have…

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