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Resolving Security Dilemmas
A Constructivist Explanation of the INF Treaty

ISBN 9780415791823
Published November 7, 2019 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

This title was first published in 2000. The book applies constructivist arguments about culture, norms and identity to explain the superpower negotiations that produced the INF Treaty. It contributes to the constructivist research program in two ways. First, it develops a speech act model of social interaction to illustrate constructivist arguments and second, it develops a constructivist theory of security dilemmas that suggests practical ways to resolve them. The substantive conclusion of the book is that the dominant understanding of the end of the Cold War (the buildup argument) is not correct as it advocates policies that tend to perpetuate conflicts. Instead this book argues that the 'new thinking' explanation is more coherent and suggests improved practical ways to resolve other security dilemmas.

Table of Contents

Contents: The buildup argument; Constructivism; The rules of the Cold War; Deadlock: the 1981-1983 INF negotiations; Challenging Cold War rules; Agreement: the 1985-1987 INF negotiations; The new thinking argument; Bibliography; Index.

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Brian Frederking


’...blows away the fog that has enveloped constructivism...’ Nicholas Onuf, Florida International University, USA ’Resolving Security Dilemmas offers a novel thesis about the INF Treaty and makes a valuable contribution to the burgeoning literature on the end of the Cold War.’ Journal of Cold War Studies