Resolving Security Dilemmas: A Constructivist Explanation of the INF Treaty, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Resolving Security Dilemmas

A Constructivist Explanation of the INF Treaty, 1st Edition

By Brian Frederking


184 pages

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pub: 2018-10-24
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This title was first published 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.


’…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

Table of 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;

About the Series

Critical Security Series

Critical Security Series
A number of crises since the Cold War have demonstrated in the most dramatic way the insecurity of ordinary people in circumstances where states and the international system of states are either unable to provide protection or are themselves the principal sources of violence. Against such a backdrop, narrow views of security have become increasingly inappropriate. New challenges are emerging, and new dimensions need to be explored: accordingly, a radical reassessment of the notion of security is currently under way, leading to the notion of ’critical security’ with which this series is principally concerned. In the process of change, scope has been found for a wide variety of disciplines to enter the fray, and for fresh fields of study to claim some relevance and value to the field of security studies. This timely series seeks to encourage an interdisciplinary understanding of the notion of security in contemporary global life.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General