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Adam Hodges

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937271.001.0001

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“New World Coming”

“New World Coming”

Narratives of the Future in US Post–Cold War National Security Discourse

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Discourses of War and Peace

Patricia L. Dunmire

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the discourse of “democratic peace” that has characterized the post–Cold War era. Working within a modernist conception of the future, it focuses on narratives of the future that have circulated in post–Cold War US national security policy documents. The chapter argues that the conception of the “real world order,” which divides the world into zones of democratic peace and zones of turmoil and advocates a security strategy of extending the zone of democratic peace, has led to a “peacetime” policy of “semiwar.” Specifically, narratives of “peace” that divide the world into mutually exclusive zones serve to legitimate the structural violence that has been, and continues to be, endemic to the making and maintenance of the modern world.

Keywords:   democratic peace, futurology, legitimation, militarism, narrative, national security, political discourse

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