In the face of globalization, the War on Terror, and massive shifts
in migration patterns, analysts and scholars are finally being
forced to reckon with the limitations of the old territorial models
of global politics. As these and other political and economic
changes continue to defy national borders, interested readers owe
it to themselves to appreciate the power of kinship and
diaspora---two of the most powerful factors in transnational
Yossi Shain's essential new work replaces the old, nationally
bounded image of international politics (a vestige of the age of
empire and the rise of the nation-state) with a new, more fluid
vision, in which borders are understood to be permeable and formal
institutions mingle with informal networks of blood and belief.
Shain's "politics of belonging" provides the much-needed framework
within which analysts can better understand the power of
pan-Islamism, organized crime syndicates, even regional security
organizations and other transnational political phenomena. This
concise, visionary work demands nothing less than a total
reassessment of standard ideas about the international political
Yossi Shain heads the Hartog School of Government at Tel Aviv
University and is Professor in the Department of Government at
Jacket design by Don Hammond
"An astute and provocative analysis of the changing role of
diasporas in international relations. Drawing on the rich
experience of the Jewish people, Shain trenchantly suggests ways in
which diaspora groups can strengthen their former homelands
politically and economically. Essential reading for our globalized
---David A. Harris, ExecutiveDirector, American Jewish
"This book will be required reading for anyone interested in how
and why diasporas support homeland political violence, including
---Clark McCauley, Professor of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College;
Co-director, National Consortium for Study of Terrorism and
Responses to Terrorism (START)
"An important contribution to understanding how collective
identities of diasporas are being shaped by and in turn affecting
international relations as well as domestic politics."
---Devesh Kapur, Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of
India, University of Pennsylvania
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