The Perils of Anarchy: Contemporary Realism and International Security

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Michael Edward Brown, Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Steven E. Miller, Director of Studies Center for Science and International Affairs Steven E Miller
MIT Press, 1995 - Political Science - 519 pages
"The end of the Cold War was accompanied by a rush to proclaim the failure of realism as a theory of international politics. The news about the death of realism is premature, as this volume convincingly shows....Realism is alive and well. This excellent volume will help get the word out."
-- "Foreign Affairs"

"A superb collection of recent articles from the journal "International Security.".. The introductory essay, which summarizes the development of realist theory, and the high quality of each contribution make this volume appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students alike."
-- "Choice"
Current debates about the nature of international politics have centered on the clash between supporters and critics of realism. "The Perils of Anarchy" brings together a number of recent essays written in the realist tradition. It includes realist interpretations of the collapse of the Cold War order and of the emerging order that has replaced it, the sources of alignment and aggression, and the causes of peace. A final section provides a counterpoint by raising criticisms of and alternatives to the realist approach.

Contributors: Charles L. Glaser. Christopher Layne. Peter Liberman. Lisa L. Martin. John J. Mearsheimer. Paul Schroeder. Randall Schweller. Stephen M. Walt. Kenneth N. Waltz. William C. Wohlforth. Fareed Zakaria.

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About the author (1995)

Michael E. Brown is Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is Editor of International Security, the International Security Program's quarterly journal. He is also series editor of the Belfer Center Studies in International Security, the Program's book series that is published by MIT Press.

Steven E. Miller is director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

Steven E. Miller is director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

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