A Calculus of Power

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-10
  • Publisher: VERSO
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In this wide-ranging and incisive collection, Peter Gowan traces the contours of the world order that emerged after the end of the Cold War and assesses its prospects in the light of the global economic downturn. Arguing that the present inter-state system was shaped from the outset by Washington's drive to maintain its status as global hegemon, Gowan dissects several cherished myths of the liberal mainstream, offering a radical counter-history of the UN and a sharp critique of the West's interventions in the Balkans. He provides a forceful response to advocates of a new cosmopolitanism, and engages with neo-realist theories of international relations'”asking whether the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a crisis for their visions of American power, and discussing what the lineaments of a future order might be.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
A Liberal World Order
Neoliberal Cosmopolitanismp. 3
The NATO Powers and the Balkan Tragedyp. 19
US: UNp. 47
Twilight of the NPT?p. 72
The Origins of Atlantic Liberalismp. 87
American Lebensraump. 96
The Crisis of Realism
A Calculus of Powerp. 111
Instruments of Empirep. 133
A Radical Realistp. 141
After America?p. 157
Crisis in the Heartlandp. 169
Introduction to the Interviewp. 197
Interviewp. 203
Acknowledgmentsp. 245
Indexp. 247
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