Conflict after the Cold War : Arguments on Causes of War and Peace

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2007-07-23
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Edited by one of the most renowned scholars in the field, Richard Bettsrs"sConflict After the Cold Warassembles classic and contemporary readings that argue about the shape of international conflict in this post-Cold War and post-9/11 era. Contextualized within a broader philosophical and historical context, the carefully chosen and excerpted selections in this popular reader introduce students to the core debates about the causes and the future of war and peace. Through the precision of its approach and attention to new issues, this reader challenges conventional wisdom and encourages more critical examination of the political, economic, social, and military factors that underlie political violence.

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

Introduction: Three Visions of War and Peace Francis Fukuyama, "The End of History?"
"Why We Will Soon Miss the Cold War"
ldquo;The Clash of Civilizations?rdquo;
International Realism: Anarchy and Power
"The Melian Dialogue"
"Doing Evil in Order to Do Good"
"The State of Nature"
"Realism and Idealism"
"The Origins of War in Neorealist Theory"
"Hegemonic War and International Change"
"Power, Culprits, and Arms"
International Liberalism: Institutions and Cooperation
"Perpetual Peace"
"Peace Through Arbitration"
"Community of Power vs. Balance of Power"
"Liberalism and World Politics"
"Society and Anarchy in International Relations"
"Power and Interdependence"
Psychology: Unconscious Sources of Conflict
"Why War?"
"The Psychoanalysis of War"
"How Good People Do Bad Things"
"Why Hawks Win"
Culture: The Sociology of Norms
"Anarchy is What States Make of It"
"War is Only an Invention, Not a Biological Necessity"
"The Obsolescence of Major War"
"Constructing Norms of Humanitarian Intervention"
"Men, Women, and War"
Economics: Interests and Interdependence
"Money is Not the Sinews of War..."
"The Great Illusion"
"Paradise is a Bazaar"
"Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism"
"Imperialism and Capitalism"
"War as Policy"
"Structural Causes and Economic Effects"
"Trade and Power"
Politics: Ideology and Identity
"Nations and Nationalism"
"Democratization and War"
"Possible and Impossible Solutions to Ethnic Civil Wars"
"The Troubled History of Partition"
Strategy, I: Military Technology, Doctrine, and Stability
"Arms Races: Prerequisites and Results"
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