The twenty-first century global community is confronted with unprecedented challenges as well as unique opportunities. The degree to which it can establish and institutionalize norms and mechanisms designed to promote and sustain meaningful global cooperation will determine the future course of civilization. This volume brings together a broad range of scholars to highlight some of the areas of contemporary transnational cooperation and to examine the scope and levels at which cooperation can and does take place. The study examines the issue of weapons of mass destruction, explores the promises of biotechnology and space technology, and investigates the roles of global conventions and institutions as strategies for addressing the common threats facing the international system. In short, the volume raises important, timely issues regarding the challenges and opportunities confronting the global community which both policy makers and academicians will find informative and thought-provoking in their efforts to understand the nature and complexity of the twenty-first century global community.

Contents: Introduction; Challenges of a transnational world: imperatives for cooperation, Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel; Space technologies for global environmental governance: transitions in thinking, diffusions of power, Ross M. Neil; Biotechnology, Cross-level cooperation and the efficiency of governance, Selcan Serdaroglu; Two faces of the Ottawa convention on landmines: international humanitarian law and disarmament obligations, Mika Nishimura Hayashi; The nexus of WMD proliferation, international terrorism and failing states: a new transatlantic security orthodoxy?, Ian Davis; EU-American relations and the future of transatlantic cooperation, Yannis A. Stivachtis; Cooperation for development: explaining the institutionalization of ideas in multilateral development organization, Pamela Bromley; And a world to win: is there an alternative globalization consensus?, Annette Freyberg-Inan; Epilogue; Index.