This volume is a collection of the best essays of Professor Benjamin Miller on the subjects of international and regional security.
The book analyses the interrelationships between international politics and regional and national security, with a special focus on the sources of international conflict and collaboration and the causes of war and peace. More specifically, it explains the sources of intended and unintended great-power conflict and collaboration. The book also accounts for the sources of regional war and peace by developing the concept of the state-to-nation balance. Thus the volume is able to explain the variations in the outcomes of great power interventions and the differences in the level and type of war and peace in different eras and various parts of the world. For example, the book’s model can account for recent outcomes such as the effects of the 2003 American intervention in Iraq, the post-2011 Arab Spring and the conflicts between Russia and Ukraine. The book also provides a model for explaining the changes in American grand strategy with a special focus on accounting for the causes of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Finally, the book addresses the debate on the future of war and peace in the 21st century.
This book will be essential reading for students of international security, regional security, Middle Eastern politics, foreign policy and IR.
About the Author
Benjamin Miller is Professor of International Relations at the University of Haifa, Israel. Among his publications are When Opponents Cooperate (2002), States, Nations and Great Powers (2007) and Regional Peacemaking and Conflict Management (co-editor, Routledge 2015).
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The key themes of my work
Theme I: The Sources of Great Power Conflict and Cooperation
2. Explaining Great Power Cooperation in Conflict Management.
Theme II: International Effects on Regional Conflicts
3. The Global Sources of Regional Transitions from War to Peace
Theme III: The Sources of Regional War and Peace
4. Does Democratization Pacify the State? The Cases of Germany and Iraq.
5. Between the Revisionist and the Frontier State: Regional Variations in State War-Propensity
Theme IV: Grand Strategy, Intervention and National Security
6. The Concept of Security: Should it be Redefined?
7. Democracy Promotion: Offensive Liberalism Vs. the Rest (of IR Theory).
8. Explaining Changes in US Grand Strategy: 9/11, The Rise of Offensive Liberalism and the War in Iraq
9. A New Research Agenda for the 21st Century