Examining source help please? Thank you very much! Analyze and interpret the following source. Explain the ideological perspective reflected in the source. Discuss the principles...

Examining source help please? Thank you very much!


Analyze and interpret the following source. Explain the ideological perspective reflected in the source. Discuss the principles of nationalism and explain any keys terms or concepts used in the source.

 

"No nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over all others. We all share responsibility for each other's security, and only by working to make each other secure can we hope to achieve lasting security for ourselves."

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It seems to me that the source is advocating a sense of international cooperation in the new globalized setting.  When Kofi Annan spoke these words in 2006, he was advocating a sense of understanding or a paradigm that sought to enhance international unity outside of nationalist based supremacy.  In his own mind, the globalization that had emerged in the new century is a force that has to be embraced.  In this understanding, nationalist based aggressive superiority does not benefit anyone because globalization has linked all nations to one another.  It is no longer the antiquated paradigm of one nation taking on another.  Trade and commerce have made nations dependent on one another.   Information access and the sharing of understanding through technology has also increased our interdependence on one another.  This paradigm has forced a reevaluation of old ideologies like nationalism and nation building on the premise of superiority.  Rather, Annan seems to be suggesting that cooperation and tolerance has to replace this premise which he sees a flawed, in general.  The speech seems to be suggesting that America can take the lead in this realm, which is unique given the nation's own involvement at the time with wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.