War, Peace and Hegemony in a Globalized World

The Changing Balance of Power in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Chandra Chari

© 2008 – Routledge

238 pages

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About the Book

This book focuses on how the US could adapt its foreign policy initiatives to fit in with the growing aspirations of a multipolar world for a more balanced international order.

Written by leading scholars, such as Joseph Nye, Eric Hobsbawm and Akira Iriye, the volume examines if the absence of a superpower status would lead to anarchy, or if an alternative is possible. In view of the globalization process and the changing perceptions of US hegemony in the various regions of the world, it addresses the possibility of re-examining and redefining the nineteenth century classical balance of power.

Divided into two sections, it analyzes:

  • global perspectives on war, peace and hegemony, and the role of the United States
  • each region of the world in the context of the unfolding processes of globalization; the various ways in which economic and socio-political organizations are impacting inter- and intra-regionally; and the role of the United States vis-à-vis the individual countries and regions.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Chandra Chari Section 1: Global Perspectives 2. War, Peace and Hegemony at the Beginning of the 21st Century Eric Hobsbawm 3. Global Governance in the Age of Transnationalism Akira Iriye 4. The Future of Power Joseph S. Nye, Jr. 5. The Troubled Quest for International Nuclear Order William Walker 6. Globalization, Hegemony and the Failure of Empire Prem Shankar Jha 7. Global Prosperity and the Prospect of War in the 21st Century T.C.A. Srinivasa-Raghavan 8. Human Security in Asia in a Conservative Era: Against the Odds, Twice Paul M. Evans 9. Hegemony and Strategic Choice Kanti Bajpai and Varun Sahni Section 2: Regional Perspectives 10. Europe, NATO and the Emergence of a Polycentric World Chandrashekhar Dasgupta 11. The International Role of Latin America after September 11: Tying the Giant Jorge Chabat 12. The Change of the World in the Early 21st Century and China’s Strategy of Peaceful Rise Yu Xintian 13. Changing Balance of Power in the International Order in the Context of Globalization: The Case of Japan Akiko Fukushima 14. Security in Northeast Asia: Alternative Scenario Vyjayanti Raghavan 15. East Asia, ASEAN and Regional Order: Power, Cooperation and Principle Simon S.C. Tay 16. South Asian Economy: A Mix of Positives and Negatives N. Ravi 17. West Asia: Is There an Alternative to Sole Super-Power Hegemony? Hamid Ansari 18. Africa in 21st Century International Relations: Challenges and Responses Abdul Lamin

About the Editor

Chandra Chari is a journalist, editor and translator. She is one of the founder-editors of The Book Review, a literary journal of repute. Currently, she is editor of The Book Review and Chairperson of The Book Review Literary Trust.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL034000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOC036000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying
SOC051000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society