In the past two decades, many have posited a correlation between the spread of globalization and the decline of the nation-state. Moreover, such scholars have maintained that the increasing interdependence between countries means that nations are no longer the sole providers of their territorial security. They point to the increasing role of transnational institutions, NGOs, and regional security agreements role in national defense. In Globalization and the National Security State, T.V. Paul and Norrin Ripsman argue that this thesis has not been borne out by events. Despite the effects of globalization, weak and powerful states have continued to pursue traditional nation-state security strategies.