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Authors

Leighninger

Abstract

Earlier this year, Jim Midgley, until recently Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, was asked to write a guest editorial for the National Association of Social Work's (NASW) premier journal Social Work by its new editor Jorge Delva. The topic was international social work and the challenges of globalization. After presenting some of the pros and cons of globalization, Jim chose to focus on "unipolarism," a foreign policy articulated by neoconservatives like Charles Krauthammer, Paul Wolfowitz, and William Kristol and embraced by officials of the George W. Bush administration, particularly Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. This doctrine, he argues, works in direct opposition to the positive aspects of globalization which promise greater international cooperation. A unipolar world is one in which the only remaining superpower, the United States, can and should spread its values across the globe, by force if necessary. Confronting the unipolar agenda should be the first order of business for anyone interested in international social work.

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