Force and Statecraft: Diplomatic Challenges of Our Time

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Force and Statecraft is a concise historical account and insightful analysis of diplomacy. It combines history, political science, and international law in a unique interdisciplinary approach to explore how lessons from the rich experience of the past can be brought to bear on the diplomatic challenges that confront our world today.
Now thoroughly revised, updated, and enhanced, the book combines the cumulative insights and reflections of three distinguished scholars with ...
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Overview


Force and Statecraft is a concise historical account and insightful analysis of diplomacy. It combines history, political science, and international law in a unique interdisciplinary approach to explore how lessons from the rich experience of the past can be brought to bear on the diplomatic challenges that confront our world today.
Now thoroughly revised, updated, and enhanced, the book combines the cumulative insights and reflections of three distinguished scholars with international reputations who have written more than fifty books between them. Paul Gordon Lauren has been involved with the book from the beginning and brings a fresh perspective to this edition. In lucid prose and clear organization, the fourth edition surveys the evolution of the international system from the emergence of diplomacy and the rise of the modern state in the seventeenth century to the present. It then takes the reader into an analysis of some of the most important issues of statecraft. Now much more international and global in scope, this edition contains a number of new case studies, including the negotiations over nuclear weapons in North Korea, and a discussion of recent events. It also offers completely new or significantly expanded coverage of such topics as the impact of terrorism and 9/11, international human rights, ethics, the "lessons" of history, globalization, the United Nations, the growing role of nonstate actors, weapons of mass destruction, just war theory, and the legitimate use of armed force. For the first time, this edition contains illustrations, maps, and website references to guide readers.
Force and Statecraft is both a classic and a timely resource ideal for those interested in diplomatic history, international relations, foreign affairs, statecraft, and security studies.

A leading historian and a distinguished political scientist bring the rich experience of the past to bear upon the perplexities that confront today's statesmen.

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"Force and Statecraft is a great book. It puts diplomacy front and center in the analysis [and examines] how individual state leaders navigate the challenges of international politics."—Steven Weber, University of California, Berkeley

"The straightforward writing and logical, clear organization make Force and Statecraft an ideal choice for undergraduates."—Nicholas J. Steneck, Ohio State University

"This is the best book in terms of its organization, writing, and quality of ideas as well as a superb framing of the problems and issues in the field."—John D. Stempel, University of Kentucky

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195395464
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 458,129
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Gordon Lauren is Regents Professor and Distinguished Mansfield Fellow at the University of Montana and an internationally acclaimed authority on diplomacy, issues of security and peace, and human rights whose work has been translated into numerous languages and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

The late Gordon A. Craig was J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, a renowned scholar of diplomatic and German history, and former president of the American Historical Association.

The late Alexander L. George was Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations at Stanford University and widely known for his pioneering and award-winning work in political psychology, influence, and foreign policy.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition
Introduction
PART ONE: FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT
1. The Emergence of Diplomacy and the Great Powers
The Early Practices, Techniques, and Ideas of Diplomacy
War, States, and Raison d'état in the Seventeenth Century
War and Competition in the Eighteenth Century
2. The Classical System of Diplomacy, 1815-1914
Building a System with a Balance of Power and a Concert
Change and an Experiment with a Defensive Alliance System
Further Change and an Experiment with Bipolar Alignment
Characteristics of the System
3. The Diplomatic Revolution Begins, 1919-1939
Attempts at Peacemaking and System Building
Public Opinion and "Public Diplomacy"
Economics and "Economic Diplomacy"
A Dialogue des Sourds with Contrasting Norms and Objectives
4. A New Postwar System of Security: Great Power Directorate or United Nations?
Lessons from the Past and Plans for the Future
Force and Statecraft as Envisioned by the UN Charter
Changing World Conditions and Readjustments
5. The Cold War
The Origins and Escalation of the Cold War
Seeking Restraints through Deterrence, Diplomacy, and Détente
Persistent Problems and the Final Demise of the Cold War
6. The Evolving International System
"A World in a Rapid State of Transition"
Challenges to Nation-States and National Sovereignty
Terrorists and the "Global War on Terror"
Partners and/or Rivals?
PART TWO: HISTORY, THEORY, AND PRACTICE
7. Lessons of History and Knowledge for Statecraft
Classical Writers on the Importance of Historical Lessons
The Historical Habit of Mind
The Challenges of Learning and Applying Lessons of History
Structured, Focused Comparisons
8. Negotiation
Principles of Negotiation
The Congress of Vienna, 1814-1815
The Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1972-1975
Contemporary Negotiations over Nuclear Weapons in North Korea
Analysis
9. Deterrence
Principles of Deterrence
Collective Security for the Post-1815 Settlement
British and French Attempts to Deter Hitler, 1939
Contemporary American Deterrence over Taiwan
Analysis
10. Coercive Diplomacy
Principles of Coercive Diplomacy
American "Gunboat Diplomacy," 1852-1854
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Contemporary Coercion against Iran
Analysis
11. Crisis Management
Principles of Crisis Management
Bismarck as an "Honest Broker" in the Crisis of 1878
The "Guns of August," 1914
Terrorism and the Mumbai Crisis, 2008
Analysis
PART THREE: RESTRAINTS AND REFLECTIONS
12. Ethics and Other Restraints on Force and Statecraft
Practical, Structural, and Political Restraints
Ethics and International Politics
Ethical Restraints for Statecraft
Ethical Restraints for Armed Force
Conclusion: Reflections on Force and Statecraft and the Challenges of Our Time
Credits
Index

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