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The Security Dilemma : Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics - Ken Booth

The Security Dilemma

Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics

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This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the concept of the 'security dilemma', the phrase used to describe the problems of insecurity which are often thought to be the inevitable consequence of living in a world of independent sovereign states. What do we mean by security in world politics? And can the security dilemma be mitigated or even transcended - or must permanent insecurity be suffered as part of the sad lot of humanity? The book examines the evolution of the theory and practice of security in international relations and the impact of globalisation and the collapse of Communism.

'An excellent book which has already stimulated me to rethink some aspects of a field in which I have worked for many years. I can recommend it to both experts and students.' - Robert Jervis, Columbia University 'A major theoretical contribution on one of the core concepts in international politics. It is filled with smart insights and treats other approaches in a fair and sophisticated way. No future scholar will be able to write about the security dilemma without engaging this cutting-edge work.' - John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago, USA 'Learned and incisive, yet also impressively clear and balanced, this long-anticipated book has been well worth the wait. Booth and Wheeler put the concept of the security dilemma at the centre of how we should think about international relations knitting the whole subject together so well around their core theme that this could easily be used as a main teaching textbook in IR. It is hard to think of a better written or more stimulating (re)introduction to the subject than this'. - Barry Buzan, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK 'A landmark work of great intellectual depth and normative contemplation. This book speaks to theorists, policymakers, and global citizens as they grapple with the most daunting issues of our time.' - Geoffrey Wiseman, University of Southern California, USA, and formerly of UN Secretary-General's Office '[I]ncisive, well research and thought-provoking ... Booth and Wheeler falls into the "must read" category for anyone seeking an in-depth understanding of the security dilema.' - Andrew Liaropoulos, The International Spectator

Forewordp. viii
Prefacep. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introduction: What is the Security Dilemma?p. 1
The quintessential dilemmap. 1
Dilemmas within a dilemmap. 3
Predicaments and paradoxesp. 6
Logics of insecurityp. 10
Anarchy
Uncertaintyp. 21
John Herz and the invention of the security dilemmap. 21
Herbert Butterfield and 'Hobbesian fear'p. 26
Interpreting Nazi Germanyp. 30
John Mearsheimer and the certainty of uncertaintyp. 34
Uncertainty: past, present and futurep. 38
Weaponsp. 42
Weapons as ambiguous symbolsp. 42
Robert Jervis and the spiral and deterrence modelsp. 45
'They have nothing to fear from us'p. 51
Threat assessmentp. 58
Fearp. 62
'The dog that did not bark'p. 62
'We must fear them because of who they are'p. 65
'In violence we forget who we are'p. 70
'Fear itself'p. 78
Society
Normsp. 83
The live-and-let-live logic of anarchyp. 83
Security regimes against anarchyp. 87
Reconstructing anarchyp. 93
Society in anarchyp. 96
Rationalism, responsibility and reassurancep. 104
Regimesp. 107
The Concert of Europep. 107
US-Soviet detente in the 1970sp. 114
The nuclear non-proliferation regimep. 123
The fragility of international cooperationp. 131
Cooperationp. 137
Common security versus national defencep. 137
Non-provocative defence and security in Europep. 141
The great mitigation; Gorbachev, Reagan and the end of the Cold Warp. 145
Common security in Europe after the Cold Warp. 158
Modalities of mitigationp. 165
Community
Reformp. 173
Towards an 'organized common peace'p. 173
A 'working peace system'p. 177
Security as 'undisturbed social life'p. 182
A 'laboratory atop a vast graveyard'p. 190
Trust in international reform?p. 197
Transformationp. 201
The end of the states systemp. 202
The end of warp. 205
The end of historyp. 209
The end of capitalismp. 212
The end of patriarchyp. 216
The end of governmentp. 221
Trust in structural change?p. 225
Trustp. 228
The promise of trustp. 229
The properties of trustp. 234
Elusive trust: the Oslo Accordsp. 245
Trust and transcendencep. 251
The Future
The Security Dilemma in the Twenty First Centuryp. 261
John Herz, the security dilemma and survival researchp. 261
An idea whose time has comep. 265
The new age of uncertaintyp. 268
Logics and the futurep. 276
Beyond the Security Dilemmap. 294
Notesp. 300
Referencesp. 309
Indexp. 353
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ISBN: 9780333587454
ISBN-10: 0333587456
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1st February 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1