Current debates about the nature of international politics have centered on the clash between supporters and critics of realism. The Perils of Anarchy brings together a number of recent essays written in the realist tradition. It includes realist interpretations of the collapse of the Cold War order and of the emerging order that has replaced it, the sources of alignment and aggression, and the causes of peace. A final section provides a counterpoint by raising criticisms of and alternatives to the realist approach.
Charles L. Glaser, Christopher Layne, Peter Liberman, Lisa L. Martin, John J. Mearsheimer, Paul Schroeder, Randall Schweller, Stephen M. Walt, Kenneth N. Waltz, William C. Wohlforth, Fareed Zakaria.
An International Security Reader
"A superb collection of recent articles from the journal InternationalSecurity... The introductory essay, which summarizes the developmentof realist theory, and the high quality of each contribution make this volume appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students alike."
"The end of the Cold War was accompanied by a rush to proclaim thefailure of realism as a theory of international politics. Thenews about the death of realism is premature, as this volumeconvincingly shows....Realism is alive and well. This excellentvolume will help get the word out."