A Primer in Power Politics

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Political Science - 233 pages
In clear and jargon-free style, A Primer in Power Politics explains the concept of power politics and provides an introduction to the principles of humanistic political realism. This book answers the questions: When and why do states resort to the use of force, and what are the uses and limits of force in conflicts among nations? What can we realistically expect from the United Nations, the World Court, arbitration panels, and other peaceful settlement techniques? What role do morality, ethics, and world public opinion play in the international interactions of nations? Accessible and stimulating, A Primer in Power Politics provides important historical context and will teach students how to think analytically about the issues of war and peace. It shows what approaches to peace have failed in the past and explains why they will fail in the future. Students will know what kinds of questions to ask when addressing past, present, and future foreign policy issues. The first contemporary work in international politics that addresses power politics, this text is ideal for courses in international relations, United States foreign policy, comparative foreign politics, international conflict, and national security.
 

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Contents

International Politics Is Primarily about Order and Interests It Is Only Secondarily about Justice and Moral Principles
1
Revisionism Is the Driving Force in International Politics
45
Be Wary of the Itch to Use Military Force Those Who Give In to It Frequently Rue the Day They Did So
81
Maintaining Peace Is the Job of the Status Quo Powers
125
There Is No Viable Alternative to Power Politics
173
The Prospects for Peace in the PostCold War World Where You Stand on Questions of War and Peace Depends on Where You Sit
215
Index
225
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Stanley Michalak has worked in the government department of Franklin & Marshall College, where he served as chairman from 1973 to 1976. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and an author and consultant on United Nations affairs for the Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Department of State.

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