Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation : An Introduction to Theory and History

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-17
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Written by renowned scholar and former policymaker Joseph S. Nye, Jr. and new co-author David A. Welch, Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation is a brief and penetrating introduction to the study of world politics in an era of complex interdependence. This text deftly employs lessons from both theory and history to evaluate conflict and cooperation among global actors and to provide students with a resilient analytical framework. From twentieth and twenty-first century conflicts to global trade and finance, global governance, and the information revolution, Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation, formerly titled Understanding International Conflicts, expands substantially on previous editions of this classic work to provide a lucid and thought-provoking survey of international relations today.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Is There an Enduring Logic of Conflict in World Politics?p. 1
What is International Politics?p. 2
Differing Views of Anarchic Politicsp. 4
Building Blocksp. 9
The Peloponnesian Warp. 13
A Short Version of a Long Storyp. 13
Causes and Theoriesp. 16
Inevitability and the Shadow of the Futurep. 18
Ethical Questions and International Politicsp. 21
Limits on Ethics in International Relationsp. 22
Three Views of the Role of Moralityp. 24
Chronology: Peloponnesian Warsp. 30
Explaining Conflict and Cooperation: Tools and Techniques of the Tradep. 33
Key Conceptsp. 33
States, Nations, and Nation-Statesp. 34
International Actors, Power, and Authorityp. 37
International System and International Societyp. 42
System Stability and Crisis Stabilityp. 44
The "National Interest"p. 45
Levels of Analysisp. 46
The Individual Levelp. 48
The State Levelp. 51
The System Levelp. 53
Paradigms and Theoriesp. 55
Realismp. 56
Liberalismp. 58
Constructivismp. 63
Marxismp. 64
Counterfactuals and 'Virtual History'p. 65
Plausibilityp. 66
Proximity in Timep. 66
Relation to Theoryp. 66
Factsp. 67
From Westphalia to World War Ip. 71
Managing Great Power Conflict: Balance and Concertp. 74
Balances as Distributions of Powerp. 75
Balance of Power as Policyp. 76
Balance of Power as Multipolar Systemsp. 78
Alliancesp. 80
The Structure and Process of the Nineteenth-Century Systemp. 81
Chronologies: Europep. 84
The Origins of World War Ip. 86
Three Levels of Analysisp. 87
Was War Inevitable?p. 92
What Kind of War?p. 95
The Funnel of Choicesp. 98
Lessons of History Againp. 99
Chronology: The Road To World War Ip. 100
The Failure of Collective Security and World War IIp. 103
The Rise and Fall of Collective Securityp. 103
The League of Nationsp. 104
The United States and the League of Nationsp. 106
The Early Days of the Leaguep. 107
The Manchurian Failurep. 110
The Ethiopian Debaclep. 111
The Origins of World War IIp. 112
Hitler's War?p. 112
Hitler's Strategyp. 114
The Role of the Individualp. 118
Systemic and Domestic Causesp. 119
Was War Inevitable?p. 120
The Pacific Warp. 122
Appeasement and Two Types of Warp. 126
Chronology: Between The World Warsp. 128
The Cold Warp. 132
Deterrence and Containmentp. 133
Three Approaches to the Cold Warp. 134
Roosevelt's Policiesp. 136
Stalin's Policiesp. 137
Phases of the Conflictp. 138
Inevitability?p. 144
Levels of Analysisp. 145
U.S. and Soviet Goals in the Cold Warp. 147
Containmentp. 148
The Vietnam Warp. 149
Motives, Means, and Consequencesp. 150
Chronology: American Involvement in Vietnam (1954-1975)p. 151
The Rest of the Cold Warp. 155
The End of the Cold Warp. 156
The Role of Nuclear Weaponsp. 161
Physics and Politicsp. 161
Balance of Terrorp. 165
Problems of Nuclear Deterrencep. 166
The Cuban Missile Crisisp. 168
Moral Issuesp. 170
Chronology: The Cold War Yearsp. 173
Post-Cold War Conflict and Cooperationp. 181
Managing Conflictp. 181
International Law and Organizationp. 184
Domestic Analogiesp. 185
Predictability and Legitimacyp. 187
The United Nations: Collective Security and Peacekeepingp. 188
Intrastate Conflictp. 194
Intervention and Sovereigntyp. 196
Defining Interventionp. 197
Judging Interventionp. 199
Exceptions to the Rule of Noninterventionp. 200
Problems of Self-Determinationp. 201
Genocide and the "Responsibility to Protect"p. 203
Interstate Conflictp. 205
The Middle Eastp. 206
Arab-Israeli Conflictp. 209
Conflicts in the Persian Gulf, 1991 and 2003p. 217
Chronology: Conflict In The Middle Eastp. 222
A Nuclear Iran?p. 225
Chronology: Iran's Nuclear Programp. 226
India and Pakistanp. 228
Chronology: The Kashmir Conflictp. 230
The Taiwan Straitp. 231
Chronology: The Taiwan Straitp. 232
North Koreap. 233
Chronology: North Koreap. 235
Globalization and Interdependencep. 239
The Dimensions of Globalizationp. 240
What's New about Twenty-First-Century Globalization?p. 242
Political Reactions to Globalizationp. 244
Power and Globalizationp. 245
The Concept of Interdependencep. 245
Sources of Interdependencep. 246
Benefits of Interdependencep. 247
Costs of Interdependencep. 249
Symmetry of Interdependencep. 251
Leadership and Institutions in the World Economyp. 253
Realism and Complex Interdependencep. 257
The Politics of Oilp. 259
Oil as a Power Resourcep. 263
The Information Revolution and Transnational Actorsp. 268
Power and the Information Revolutionp. 268
Lessons from the Pastp. 269
A New World Politics?p. 272
Sovereignty and Controlp. 277
Transnational Actorsp. 280
Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)p. 283
The Information Revolution and Complex Interdependencep. 286
Transnational Terrorism and the "War on Terror"p. 289
Conclusionsp. 292
What Can We Expect in the Future?p. 296
Alternative Visionsp. 296
The End of History or the Clash of Civilizations?p. 301
Technology and the Diffusion of Powerp. 303
Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destructionp. 305
Transnational Challenges to Securityp. 307
A New World Order?p. 316
Future Configurations of Powerp. 317
The Prison of Old Conceptsp. 320
The Evolution of a Hybrid World Orderp. 321
Thinking About the Futurep. 324
Glossaryp. 327
Creditsp. 331
Indexp. 332
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