African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 382

Full Length Research Paper

Beyond classical peace paradigm: A theoretical argument for a ‘Glocalized Peace and Security’

Samuel Marfo
  • Samuel Marfo
  • Department of Social, Political and Historical Studies, University for Development Studies, Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, Post Office Box 520, Wa Campus, Ghana
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Halidu Musah
  • Halidu Musah
  • Department of Social, Political and Historical Studies, University for Development Studies, Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, Post Office Box 520, Wa Campus, Ghana
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Dominic DeGraft Arthur
  • Dominic DeGraft Arthur
  • Department of Social, Political and Historical Studies, University for Development Studies, Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, Post Office Box 520, Wa Campus, Ghana
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  •  Received: 17 November 2015
  •  Accepted: 05 March 2016
  •  Published: 30 April 2016

Abstract

Throughout ages, one of the greatest needs of humans has been a peaceful and secured society devoid of violence. In pursuit of this agenda, different approaches including classical peace paradigm have been employed at different times in the world history. Ironically, these peace and security architectures largely tend to be state centric, where peace and security are construed in terms of military might and states monopoly of violence. Arguably, the dynamics of contemporary world has proved that nation states are all vulnerable to natural and physical calamities such as earthquakes, typhoons and infectious diseases (example AIDS and Ebola), criminal net-works operating across the globe manifested in violent demonstrations as experienced in Egypt, terrorist attack in America, arbitrary kidnapping and bombardment in Nigeria, and narcotic drugs trafficking among others. These developments suggest that nation states have to ‘think beyond the box’ of national boundaries. Data gathered through critical review of secondary sources demonstrated that classical peace paradigm is deficient and global peace is also not attainable. This paper therefore makes a case for ‘glocalized peace and security architecture’, an approach which is domestically relevant and internationally feasible.

 

Key words: Classical peace paradigm, globalization, peace and security, glocalized peace and security.