By Vasile Puşcaş, 2010


The contemporary international system can be considered a complex network of unities, which are involved in a multitude of interactions, transactions and communications. In order to see these interac-tions as power relations (―the balancing of pow-ers‖), one should see the cooperative and integra-tive potential of transactions and communications. For those who have skeptically considered the ―so-cio-causal perspective‖ of Karl Deutsch to be more about an integrated international system, the recent global economic and financial crisis revealed the meanings of Deutschiane conceptualization.

Aspects of global interdependence are common subjects of analysis, whether the focus is the eco-nomic sub-system, or the cultural, social or political ones. ―The world is not divided into camps‖, says Fareed Zakaria, in his most recent book, ―and it is far more connected and interdependent than it was. ‹‹Balancing›› against a rising power would be dangerous, destabilizing and potentially self-fulfilling policy‖ (Zakaria, 2009). Furthermore, Joseph S. Nye defines globalization at the beginning of the 21st century as ―worldwide networks of interdepend-ence‖ (Nye, 2003).