The United States and the Great Powers: World Politics in the Twenty-First Century

The United States and the Great Powers: World Politics in the Twenty-First Century

by Barry Buzan
     
 

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Buzan (international relations, London School of Economics) notes that US foreign policies and relationships with other nations changed substantially after September 11, 2001. Almost overnight the US government seemed to perceive itself as under constant attack, the only defense against which was to develop an imperial strategy. Buzan describes this shift in terms of

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Buzan (international relations, London School of Economics) notes that US foreign policies and relationships with other nations changed substantially after September 11, 2001. Almost overnight the US government seemed to perceive itself as under constant attack, the only defense against which was to develop an imperial strategy. Buzan describes this shift in terms of the relational logic of Self-Other and the instability of identity on the part of the US, a situation leading to polarity. He details the changes in the concept of what constitutes a "great power" from before the Second World War, and examines what has become a complex matrix of superpowers, great powers and regional powers. He finds, given his new definitions for all three, that at present there is one superpower and several great powers, a situation that could change into there being two or three superpowers and a few great powers, or no superpowers and several great powers. He returns to his description of polarity and identity, but in the context of how they affect either option within world politics. Distributed by Blackwell Publishers. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The argument is rigorous and intriguing - revealing both for the limits and possibilities of applying structural models to grand strategy."

Alex Goodall, Times Higher Education Supplement

"An extremely lucid exposition of contemporary big power international politics, with measured and sensible glimpses into various conceivable future world orders."

John Dumbrell, International Affairs

"This is a superb piece of scholarship. It both draws on and deepens contemporary IR theory and illuminates the real world of post-9/11 international relations ... indeed, it does what few current books in IR can claim in recent years - it truly links the theoretical world to the real world and thereby advances our understandings in both realms."

John Ikenberry, Georgetown University

"The subject of mapping the international system since the end of the Cold War is one that has attracted a number of writers, but few have approached it with the clarity and rigour of this text. Barry Buzan writes very well, with the result that his argument is readily accessible and easy to engage with."

James Mayall, University of Cambridge

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745633756
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Barry Buzan is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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