The Legacy of the Cold War: Perspectives on Security, Cooperation, and Conflict

The Legacy of the Cold War: Perspectives on Security, Cooperation, and Conflict


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The Legacy of the Cold War: Perspectives on Security, Cooperation, and Conflict by Zhu Liqun

The unexpected end of the protracted conflict has been a sobering experience for scholars. No theory had anticipated how the Cold War would be terminated, and none should also be relied upon to explicate its legacy. But instead of relying on preconceived formulas to project past developments, taking a historical perspective to explain their causes and consequences allows one to better understand trends and their long-term significance. The present book takes such perspective, focusing on the evolution of security, its substance as well as its perception, the concurrent development of alliances and other cooperative structures for security, and their effectiveness in managing conflicts.

In The Legacy of the Cold War Vojtech Mastny and Zhu Liqun bring together scholars to examine the worldwide effects of the Cold War on international security. Focusing on regions where the Cold War made the most enduring impact―the Euro-Atlantic area and East Asia―historians, political scientists, and international relations scholars explore alliances and other security measures during the Cold War and how they carry over into the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739187890
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/16/2013
Series: Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Vojtech Mastny has been professor of history and international relations at Columbia University and other universities, including the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Zhu Liqun is professor of international studies and vice president of China Foreign Affairs University.

Table of Contents

Preface, Mark Kramer
Introduction, Vojtech Mastny

Chapter 1: The Cold War’s Legacy for International Security: A Historical Overview, Vojtech Mastny
Chapter 2: Concepts and Practices of Cooperative Security: Building Trust in the International System, Vincent Keating and Nicholas Wheeler

Part I: The Western Experience
Chapter 3: The United Nations’ Record as the Guardian of Global Cooperative Security, William R. Keylor
Chapter 4: NATO: An Atypical Alliance and Its Longevity, Lawrence S. Kaplan
Chapter 5: The Warsaw Pact: The Trajectory of a Hegemonic Alliance, Malcolm Byrne
Chapter 6: The Construction of Europe’s Security Policy: Slow but Steady, Willlem van Eekelen
Chapter 7: The Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe as a Regional Model, Andreas Wenger and Daniel Möckli

Part II: The Asian Experience
Chapter 8: Fragile Alliances: America’s Security Relationships in Cold War Asia, Robert J. McMahon
Chapter 9: Security Cooperation in the Sino-Soviet Alliance and Its Failure, Lorenz Lüthi
Chapter 10: China’s Security and Use of Force: Lessons from the Cold War, Huang Yuxing
Chapter 11: China’s Cold War Experience and Its New Security Concept, Zhu Liqun

Postscript: In Midterm Perspective, Vojtech Mastny and Zhu Liqun

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