By John Arquilla
This examine discusses the possibilities which may be raised through the emergence of noopolitik--ranging from development of noosphere to suggestions.
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The driving motivation of noopolitik cannot be national interests defined in statist terms. National interests will still play a role, but they may be defined more in societywide than state-centric terms and be fused with broader, even global, interests in enhancing the transnationally networked ''fabric" in which the players are embedded. While realpolitik tends to empower states, noopolitik will likely empower networks of state and nonstate actors. Realpolitik pits one state against another, but noopolitik encourages states to cooperate in coalitions and other mutual frameworks.
Here we advance the idea of "noopolitik" (nü-oh-poh-li-teek), a new approach to statecraft based principally on the primacy of ideas, values, laws, and ethics, as enabled by the emergence of the noosphere (an all-encompassing realm of the mind), to extend our research agenda in a new direction. S. policymakers and strategists, this report will also interest those in academia and think tanks concerned with how the information revolution is altering the conditions for and conduct of strategy. This study was prepared for a project on information strategy.
The National Infrastructure Protection Center) are taking shape for instituting systemic and nodal defenses to protect America's national and global information infrastructures and strategic subsystems. Despite this considerable progress, inspection of the debates that are evolving around the more technical issues indicates that the technological pole cannot provide a sole basis for the formulation of information strategy. , an "electronic Pearl Harbor"). S. 1 But this is far from adequate, even for developing the technological dimension as a 1 For a recent discussion, see Smith, (Issues in Science and Technology), and the replies posted in the Forum section of the Winter 1998 issue of that journal by John J.
The emergence of noopolitik: toward an American information strategy by John Arquilla