1st Edition

Debating a Post-American World What Lies Ahead?

Edited By Sean Clark, Sabrina Hoque Copyright 2012
    344 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The United States is currently the linchpin of global trade, technology, and finance, and a military colossus, extending across the world with a network of bases and alliances. This book anticipates the possible issues raised by a transition between American dominance and the rise of alternative powers.

    While a ‘post-American’ world need not be any different than that of today, the risk associated with such a change provides ample reason for attentive study. Divided into four parts, 50 international relations scholars explore and discuss:

      • Power Transitions: addressing issues including the rise of China; the passing of American primacy and the endurance of American leadership.
      • War and Peace: addressing nuclear weapons; the risk of war; security privatization and global insecurity
      • Global Governance: addressing competition, trade, the UN, sovereignty, humanitarian intervention, law and power.
      • Energy and the Environment: addressing resource conflict, petrol, climate change and technology.

    This unique project offers a compilation of disparate arguments by scholars and policy practitioners, encompassing a plurality of disciplines and theoretical perspectives. By providing clarity and focus to this essential debate on the future of the world in the next several decades, Debating a Post-American World will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations and global politics, American politics, US Foreign policy and International Security.

    Foreword Madame Louise Frechétte  1. Introduction: Into the 21st Century  2. The Rise of the Rest Fareed Zakaria  3. Optimism and Pessimism in an Era of Changing Power Sean M. Lynn-Jones  4. Global Transitions Jacek Kugler, Ronald L. Tammen and John Thomas  Part 1: Power Transitions: America in World Politics  5. The Real Post-American World Christopher Layne  6. Grace, Murder, or Suicide? The Passing of American Primacy Terry Terriff  7. A Flawed Lens for Viewing U.S. Foreign Policy Steven Holloway  8. Analyzing Relative Decline in Zakaria’s Post-American World William R. Thompson  9. Déjà Vu All Over Again? Kim Richard Nossal 10. Constancy and Change in the Future International System James Fergusson  11. A Post-American World? Perils, Possibilities, and Preparations Mark R. Brawley  12. The American World, Mark III William C. Wohlforth  13. The Misleading Metaphor of Hegemonic Decline Joseph Nye 14. Postscript: Whither the American Colossus?  15. Three Questions on China's Rise: What is causing it? Will it continue? What are the consequences? Paul Bowles  16. Scenarios for China’s Role in a Post-American World Charles Burton  17. A Hard Act to Follow: Thoughts on World Leadership in America’s Shadow Alexander Moens  18. What Do Americans and Chinese Think of Themselves and Each Other? David R. Mandel  19. The ‘Rest’ and the Global South: Varieties of Actors, Issues, and Coalitions Timothy M. Shaw  20. America and the Emerging Powers in Tomorrow's Middle East Paul Salem  21. Two Hubs, Many Spokes, No Frame: The Shape of the Post-American Americas Jean Daudelin  22. Attraction and Repulsion: Brazil and the American World Paulo Roberto de Almeida  23. Pondering Canadian Defence in a ‘Post-American’ World Philippe Lagassé  24. Canada in the Post-American World John English  25. Postscript: Balances Disturbed  Part 2: A Golden Age: The Passing of American Primacy  26. Paths to War and Peace in a Post-American World Brandon Valeriano and John Vasquez  27. Our Nuclear (Free?) Future David Mutimer 28. Nuclear Weapons: Stability of Terror Kyungkook Kang and Jacek Kugler  29. An Increasingly Fragile World David Carment and Yiagadeesen Samy  30. New Wars, the Age of Risk, and the Future of International Relations Andrew Latham  31. Security Privatization in a Post-American World Christopher Spearin  32. The Global Insecurity Future Wesley Wark  33. Zakaria’s Past Meets Zakaria’s Future Robert Bothwell  34. Postscript: Security in the Post-Cold War Era  Part 3: Global Governance  35. What Lies Ahead for the OECD? Richard Woodward  36. Competing Rules of the Game in a Post-American World Richard Stubbs  37. Global Governance from America, Canada, and the Responsible Rest Aarie Glas and John Kirton  38. Lies Ahead for the Emerging Countries? Denise Gregory  39. On Free Trade, and the Post-American World C.L. Lim  40. The United Nations and Europe in a Post-American World Thomas Fues  41. 2025: A New World Order? Jeremy Kinsman  42. Addressing ‘So What?’ Sovereignty and Humanitarian Intervention in a ‘Post-American World.’ Alistair Edgar  43. Law, Power, and the International System Steven Haines  44. Postscript: Ordering Anarchy  45. Postscript: Ordering Anarchy.  Part 4: Energy and the Environment  46. Still Living in a Material World? The ‘Rise of the Rest’ and the Question of Resource Conflict David G. Haglund  47. Democracy's Petro State Satya Brata Das  48. In the Face of an Unknown Future Matthew Paterson and Simon Dalby  49. American Prosperity and the High Politics of Climate Change Radoslav S. Dimitrov  50. Words From the Forgotten: The Environment in The Post-American World Heather A. Smith  51. Technology and the Future: Lessons from the Green Revolution Howard D. Leathers  52. Postscript: Our Fragile Home.  53. Concluding Reflections Denis Stairs


      Sean Clark and Sabrina Hoque are PhD candidates in International Relations and Doctoral Fellows at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University.

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