Security Dilemma Fear, Cooperation, and Trust in World Politics

ISBN-10: 0333587456

ISBN-13: 9780333587454

Edition: 2008

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Description: All human societies have to live with uncertainty, the challenge of which is particularly significant in world politics. Governments face dilemmas of interpretation and response about the motives and intentions of others, such that the accumulation of weapons can be understood by one set of decision-makers as a reasonable act of self-protection, but by others as threatening attack or coercion. From this security dilemma flows the pervasiveness of fear, the fragility of cooperation and the elusiveness of trust. While a clear assessment of the difficulties of cooperation and trust is essential to thinking realistically about security issues, this major new work shows that fatalism serves only to reproduce the fears and dynamics of an already dangerous world and points the way to more promising alternatives. Book jacket.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 11/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: What is the Security Dilemma?
The quintessential dilemma
Dilemmas within a dilemma
Predicaments and paradoxes
Logics of insecurity
Anarchy
Uncertainty
John Herz and the invention of the security dilemma
Herbert Butterfield and 'Hobbesian fear'
Interpreting Nazi Germany
John Mearsheimer and the certainty of uncertainty
Uncertainty: past, present and future
Weapons
Weapons as ambiguous symbols
Robert Jervis and the spiral and deterrence models
'They have nothing to fear from us'
Threat assessment
Fear
'The dog that did not bark'
'We must fear them because of who they are'
'In violence we forget who we are'
'Fear itself'
Society
Norms
The live-and-let-live logic of anarchy
Security regimes against anarchy
Reconstructing anarchy
Society in anarchy
Rationalism, responsibility and reassurance
Regimes
The Concert of Europe
US-Soviet detente in the 1970s
The nuclear non-proliferation regime
The fragility of international cooperation
Cooperation
Common security versus national defence
Non-provocative defence and security in Europe
The great mitigation; Gorbachev, Reagan and the end of the Cold War
Common security in Europe after the Cold War
Modalities of mitigation
Community
Reform
Towards an 'organized common peace'
A 'working peace system'
Security as 'undisturbed social life'
A 'laboratory atop a vast graveyard'
Trust in international reform?
Transformation
The end of the states system
The end of war
The end of history
The end of capitalism
The end of patriarchy
The end of government
Trust in structural change?
Trust
The promise of trust
The properties of trust
Elusive trust: the Oslo Accords
Trust and transcendence
The Future
The Security Dilemma in the Twenty First Century
John Herz, the security dilemma and survival research
An idea whose time has come
The new age of uncertainty
Logics and the future
Beyond the Security Dilemma
Notes
References
Index
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