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Edited by one of the most renowned scholars in the field, Richard Betts' Conflict After the Cold War assembles classic and contemporary readings on enduring problems of international security. Offering broad historical and philosophical breadth, the carefully chosen and excerpted selections in this popular reader help students engage key debates over the future of war and the new forms that violent conflict will take. Conflict After the Cold War encourages closer scrutiny of the political, economic, social, and military factors that drive war and peace.
New to the Fifth Edition:
Fred C. Iklé, "The Dark Side of Progress"
G. John Ikenberry, "China’s Choice"
Kenneth N. Waltz, "Why Nuclear Proliferation May Be Good"
Daniel Byman, "Drones: Technology Serves Strategy"
Audrey Kurth Cronin, "Drones: Tactics Undermine Strategy"
Eyre Crowe and Thomas Sanderson, "The German Threat? 1907"
Neville Henderson, "The German Threat? 1938"
Vladimir Putin, "The Threat to Ukraine from the West"
Eliot A. Cohen, "The Russian Threat"
James C. Thomson, Jr., "How Could Vietnam Happen? An Autopsy"
Stephen Biddle, "Afghanistan’s Legacy"
Martin C. Libicki, "Why Cyberdeterrence is Different"
Praise for the Fifth Edition
Conflict After the Cold War is a carefully selected, tightly inter-related, and crisply summarized collection that introduces the reader to the key conceptual approaches to the study of international conflict. It illustrates how different theoretical approaches offer contrasting explanations for key historical episodes and suggest different policy responses to future problems. No stone is left unturned: Causes of conflict at the international, domestic, and human levels are all addressed. Betts' clear, comprehensive introductions connect each section to the overall theme of the book. Reflecting a lifetime of careful scholarship and teaching, this book is a gift to undergraduate and graduate students, and to the faculty tasked with teaching them the fundamentals of international politics.
Barry R. Posen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This collection of readings is both timeless and timely, offering an unrivaled introduction to the core questions and concepts of international relations. By assembling and judiciously excerpting classic texts into one handy volume, Richard Betts has done a real service to the field.
Rosemary Kelanic, Williams College
In this new edition, Richard K. Betts, one of our shrewdest and wisest observers of international affairs, has assembled a varied and illuminating set of readings to help students and other readers better understand the major issues of war and peace in the second decade of the contentious and confusing twenty-first century.
Michael Mandelbaum, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Author of Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era
For students of international relations and security, and those who teach them, the fifth edition of Conflict After the Cold War is the indispensable volume. It is a superb collection of foundational and contemporary readings on the causes of war and peace, curated to stimulate serious thinking about today’s conflicts as well as tomorrow’s. Pulling it all together are Betts’ ten commentaries, each one an illuminating gem of thematic overview, scholarly synthesis, and critical insight.
Timothy Crawford, Boston College
There is no better source of essential readings on the topic of war and security. Conflict After the Cold War introduces students to many seminal works that form the foundations of contemporary thinking in international relations. I highly recommend this book to those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of realist and liberal thought on anarchy, power, and domestic and international institutions. Excellent readings throughout the book help explain a diverse set of issues related to international conflict, such as economic interdependence, terrorism, and climate change.
David Lektzian, Texas Tech University
Conflict After the Cold War is an indispensable resource for any course on international security. The blend of contemporary and classic writings, presented by leading thinker Richard Betts, helps students understand the causes of war and peace and the elements of sound security policy. All aspiring strategists should read, and re-read, this volume.
Michael Beckley, Tufts University
A generation after the Cold War, Richard Betts’ Conflict After the Cold War remains the gold standard of international security readers. Grounded in classical theory and immersed in contemporary issues, Betts' blend of world leaders, philosophers, and scholars offers a three-dimensional foundation for classroom discussion that is both informative and provocative.
Richard W. Maass, University of Evansville
Richard Betts has assembled an essential collection of essays for any student of security studies. Expertly organized and introduced, the new edition of Conflict After the Cold War provides historical and contemporary perspectives on a wide range of security challenges.
Brian Urlacher, University of North Dakota
This new edition brings together an impressive collection of classic readings with contemporary work on modern and currently emerging challenges. It works perfectly in exposing students to both theoretical concepts and practical policy problems. With well-edited selections, students can understand the key ideas of competing viewpoints without exhaustive reading.
John W. Dietrich, Bryant University
Part I. Visions of Conflict and Peace_____________________________________
Part II. International Realism: Anarchy and Power_____________________________
Part III. International Liberalism: Institutions and Cooperation_______________
Part IV. Psychology and Culture: The Human Mind, Norms, and Learning________
Part V. Economics: Interests and Interdependence__________________
Part VI. Politics: Ideology and Identity_____________________________
Part VII. Military Technology, Strategy, and Stability__________________
Part VIII. Terrorism, Revolution, and Unconventional Warfare________
Part IX. Threat Assessment and Misjudgment: Recurrent Dilemmas
Part X. New Threats and Strategies for Peace______________________