"Perhaps worlds should be layered like onion skins, realities within realities, or loosely linked like neighborhoods..." (Benedikt 59).

International relations as a discipline has traditionally concentrated on war, security, and order. This approach reached its zenith during the Cold War, when international (or, more accurately, American-Soviet) affairs were based on a militaristic bipolarity.

Now, with the end of the Cold War, the study of 'peaceful', normative relations is beginning to come to the forefront. The meanings attached to the concepts of war, security, and order have changed. And the people have a new role.

Traditional goals of power-seeking and territorial aggrandizement must give way to a new paradigm of cooperation, interdependence, and personal security.

We can learn lessons from women in constructing this new paradigm.