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National Security and International Relations (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Peter Mangold


118 pages

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First published in 1990, National Security and International Relations provides a concise analysis of the problem of national security in the twentieth century. It examines the criteria by which states decide what level of security they want to seek in an uncertain and essentially Hobbesian world, and why some states tend to underinsure, while obsessively insecure states overinsure, frequently making others more insecure in the process. In the wake of two world wars and the threat of nuclear destruction, the book argues that war was becoming as much a source of insecurity as the intentions of other states. It then explores the different approaches attempted during the twentieth century to ameliorate or ideally escape from the security dilemma. These range from international regimes, to the restructuring of the international politics of Western Europe so as to substitute cooperation for conflict, and U.S. and Soviet attempts to render nuclear competition safer through arms control and confidence building measures. Of special value to students of International Relations and Strategic Studies, this book will also interest those keen to understand the challenges embodied in Gorbachev’s ‘new thinking’ in foreign policy.


"There is a contribution of significance here to the debate on both the future of security studies and the shape of any new world order" - Michael Fry, Intelligence and National Security

"Peter Mangold's densely argued little book packs much into a small compass" - John Howe, Journal of the Royal United Services Institute

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Problems and definitions 2. Risk-taking and underinsurance 3. Fear, default and overinsurance 4. The fear of war 5. Breaking out 6. Common security 7. The international dimension 8. Conclusions and implications; Select bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Peter Mangold has worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Research Department and the BBC World Service, and is currently Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, Oxford. He has written widely on international affairs and is the author of National Security and International Relations (Routledge, 1990; Routledge Revivals, 2013).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security