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Power Relations in the Twenty-First Century

Mapping a Multipolar World?, 1st Edition

Edited by Donette Murray, David Brown

Routledge

226 pages

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This volume critiques contemporary power trends by examining key bilateral dynamics between five putative ‘poles’ of the multipolar order in the twenty-first century.

Written by emerging scholars and established academics, this work provides a timely and authoritative analysis of one of the most controversial and compelling security debates of the twenty-first century. Adopting a detailed case study approach, the volume examines contemporary great power relations between the US, China, Russia, India and the EU. Each chapter explores the essential nature and characteristics of individual inter-state relationships in order to explicate and appraise the empirical evidence for a putative multipolar order. The volume aims to deepen understanding of power trends and critically assess the individual inter-dynamics at play. In doing so, it critiques the various models offered, such as the hub and spoke model (with the US remaining as the primary actor) and Zakaria’s ‘networked’ model, as part of a purported ‘post-American world’. The work places each of the individual relationships into a wider strategic and political context, in relation to the continued international turbulence and change that has seemed even more prominent in recent times, taking into account the twin challenges of Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump. It concludes by returning the focus to the central questions of if, how and when a post-American, multipolar world could develop.

This volume will be of much interest to students of global security, foreign policy, and IR in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Perpetual Preoccupation with Power, David Brown

1. US-China, Michael Beckley

2. US-India, Daniel Twining

3. US-Russia, Robert Singh

4. US-EU, Stefan Fröhlich

5 China-Russia, Simon Saradzhyan and Ali Wyne

6. China-India, Shashank Joshi

7. China-EU, Andrew Cottey

8. Russia-India, Natasha Kuhrt and Yulia Kiseleva

9. Russia-EU, Kevork Oskanian

10. EU-India, David Brown

Conclusion: Brave New World, Donette Murray

About the Editors

Donette Murray is Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK, and the author of several books, including US Foreign Policy and Iran (Routledge, 2009) and George W. Bush's Foreign Policies (Routledge, 2017).

David Brown is Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK, and author/editor of several books, including Unsteady Foundations: The European Union, counter-terrorism and police co-operation 1991-2007 (2010) and George W. Bush's Foreign Policies (Routledge, 2017).

About the Series

Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POL035000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General