9780415392174

European Security in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenge of Multipolarity

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415392174

  • ISBN10:

    0415392179

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-02-23
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Combining a sophisticated theoretical analysis with detailed empirical case-studies, this book provides an original view of the challenges and threats to a stable peace order in Europe. The end of Cold War bipolarity has transformed Europe. Using structural realist theory, Adrian Hyde-Price analyzes the new security agenda confronting Europe in the twenty-first century. Europe, he argues, is not '¬Üprimed for peace'¬" as mainstream thinking suggests, rather, it faces new security threats and the challenge of multipolarity. This critical and original volume looks at European security after the Iraq War, the failure of the EU constitution and the change of government in Germany. Reflecting on the inherently competitive and tragic nature of international politics, it concludes that realism provides the only firm foundations for an ethical foreign and security policy. European Security in the Twenty-First Centurywill appeal to students and scholars of international relations, European politics and security studies.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgementsp. xii
List of abbreviationsp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Liberalism and the end of the Cold Warp. 16
Realist International Theoryp. 29
Anarchy and power in the European security systemp. 54
Transatlantic relations and continental driftp. 75
Western Europe: the limits of integrationp. 94
Germany: Europe's Zentralmachtp. 117
Russia, Eastern Europe and Mitteleuropap. 138
Realism, tragedy and ethicsp. 163
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 234
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