The Perils of Anarchy

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-03-27
  • Publisher: Mit Pr

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Current debates about the nature of international politics have centered on the clash between supporters and critics of realism. The Perils of Anarchybrings together a number of recent essays written in the realist tradition. It includes realist interpretations of the collapse of the Cold War order and of the emerging order that has replaced it, the sources of alignment and aggression, and the causes of peace. A final section provides a counterpoint by raising criticisms of and alternatives to the realist approach. Contributors:Charles L. Glaser. Christopher Layne. Peter Liberman. Lisa L. Martin. John J. Mearsheimer. Paul Schroeder. Randall Schweller. Stephen M. Walt. Kenneth N. Waltz. William C. Wohlforth. Fareed Zakaria. An International SecurityReader

Author Biography

Michael E. Brown is Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is Editor of International Security, the International Security Program's quarterly journal. He is also series editor of the Belfer Center Studies in International Security, the Program's book series that is published by MIT Press.

Steven E. Miller is director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

Table of Contents

The Contributors
Realism and International Order, Old and New
Realism and the End of the Cold Warp. 3
The Emerging Structure of International Politicsp. 42
Back to the Future: Instability in Europe After the Cold Warp. 78
The Unipolar Illusion: Why New Great Powers Will Risep. 130
Realism on the Sources of Alignment and Aggression
The Spoils of Conquestp. 179
Alliance Formation and the Balance of World Powerp. 208
Bandwagoning for Profit: Bringing the Revisionist State Back Inp. 249
Realism and the Causes of Peace
Kant or Cant: The Myth of the Democratic Peacep. 287
The False Promise of International Institutionsp. 332
Realists as Optimists: Cooperation as Self-Helpp. 377
Real Flaws? Criticisms of Realism
Historical Reality vs. Neo-realist Theoryp. 421
Realism and Domestic Politics: A Review Essayp. 462
Institutions and Cooperation: Sanctions During the Falkland Islands Conflictp. 484
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