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Updated in its 4thedition, Conflict After the Cold Warassembles classic and contemporary readings on enduring problems of international security. Edited by one of the most renowned scholars in the field, Richard Betts, this text offers a broad historical and philosophical breadth, with carefully chosen and excerpted selections. This popular reader helps engage key debates over the future of war and the new forms that violent conflict will take. Conflict After the Cold Warencourages closer scrutiny of the political, economic, social, and military factors that drive war and peace.

Author Biography

Richard K. Betts is the Arnold Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies in the Department of Political Science, the director of the Institute of War and Peace Studies, and the director of the International Security Policy Program in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies on the Council of Foreign Relations, acommissioner to the National Commission on Terrorism, and former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His research interests include national security, military strategy, and international conflict, and he has published numerous articles on foreign policy, military strategy, intelligence operations, conventional forces, nuclear weapons, arms trade, collective security, strategic issues in Asia, and other subjects.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Visions of War and Peacep. 1
The End of History?p. 6
Why We Will Soon Miss the Cold Warp. 18
The Clash of Civilizations?p. 35
Economics Trumps Politicsp. 54
International Realism: Anarchy and Powerp. 66
The Melian Dialoguep. 69
Doing Evil in Order to Do Goodp. 74
The State of Nature and the State of Warp. 78
Realism and Idealismp. 82
The Origins of War in Neorealist Theoryp. 100
Hegemonic War and International Changep. 107
Power, Culprits, and Armsp. 120
International Liberalism: Institutions and Cooperationp. 133
Perpetual Peacep. 136
Peace Through Arbitrationp. 143
Community of Power vs. Balance of Powerp. 146
Liberalism and World Politicsp. 149
Power and Interdependencep. 164
Psychology: The Human Mind and International Conflictp. 172
Why War?p. 175
How Good People Do Bad Thingsp. 183
Why Hawks Winp. 190
War and Misperceptionp. 194
Culture: Customs, Norms, and Learningp. 211
Anarchy Is What States Make of Itp. 214
Spirit, Standing, and Honorp. 236
Warfare Is Only an Invention¨Not a Biological Necessityp. 244
The Obsolescence of Major Warp. 249
Constructing Norms of Humanitarian Interventionp. 262
Men, Women, and Warp. 280
Economics: Interests and Interdependencep. 294
Money Is Not the Sinews of War, Although It Is Generally So Consideredp. 297
The Great Illusionp. 299
Paradise Is a Bazaarp. 301
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalismp. 309
Imperialism and Capitalismp. 317
War as Policyp. 326
Structural Causes and Economic Effectsp. 339
Trade and Powerp. 349
Politics: Ideology and Identityp. 364
Nations and Nationalismp. 368
Democratization and Warp. 380
Possible and Impossible Solutions to Ethnic Civil Warsp. 394
The Troubled History of Partitionp. 412
Military Technology, Strategy, and Stabilityp. 421
Cooperation Under the Security Dilemmap. 425
The Offensive/Defensive Balance of Military Technologyp. 442
Arms Control: Historical Experiencep. 454
The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: More May Be Betterp. 465
Revolution, Unconventional Warfare, and Terrorismp. 477
The Strategic Logic of Terrorismp. 481
Religious Radicalism and Political Violencep. 495
Speech to the American Peoplep. 511
Jihadi Networks of Terrorp. 516
Science of Guerrilla Warfarep. 530
On Guerrilla Warfarep. 539
Patterns of Violence in World Politicsp. 550
Insurgency and Counterinsurgencyp. 575
Principles, Imperatives, and Paradoxes of Counterinsurgencyp. 591
A Strategy of Tactics: The Folly of Counterinsurgencyp. 598
New Threats and Strategies for Peacep. 611
Environmental Changes as Causes of Acute Conflictp. 614
Ecoviolencep. 629
A World of Liberty Under Lawp. 641
China: Can the Next Superpower Rise Without War?p. 646
Peace Among Civilizations?p. 659
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