Force and Statecraft Diplomatic Challenges of Our Time

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Edition: 6th
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Pub. Date: 2020-08-17
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Force and Statecraft: Diplomatic Challenges of Our Time, Sixth Edition, is a stimulating, highly readable, and insightful analysis of humanity's quest for peace and security. Its unique interdisciplinary approach combines history, political science, international law, and philosophy in order to explore the rich experience of the past and consider how it can be brought to bear on the diplomatic challenges that we confront in our world today.

This new edition makes a classic even better. It provides an up-to-date treatment of the most recent and significant international developments, including:

- the profound impact of the foreign policies of three individuals: Donald Trump of the United States, Xi Jinping of China, and Vladimir Putin of Russia
- growing fears of nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran, "Brexit" and divisions within the European Union and NATO, the civil war in Syria, the Islamic State (ISIS), and other terrorist groups
- updated and thought-provoking coverage of the instruments of statecraft, the multiple dimensions of power, the nature of security (including "the security dilemma" and the "indivisibility of security"), the changing features of sovereignty, and the role of normative values as seen in ethical restraints, concepts of legitimacy, international law, and norms of human rights
- evolving challenges for force and statecraft presented by weapons of mass destruction, the diplomatic revolution, the "digital revolution," cyberattacks, climate change, and the global pandemic of COVID-19

Author Biography

Paul Gordon Lauren is Regents Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Mansfield Fellow at the University of Montana. He is an internationally acclaimed teacher and scholar of 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 Craig was the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, a renowned scholar and gifted teacher of diplomatic history, German history, and international relations, who served as the president of the American Historical Association.

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

Table of Contents

Preface to the Sixth Edition


Chapter 1: The Emergence of Diplomacy and the Great Powers

The Early Practices, Techniques, and Ideas of Diplomacy
War, States, and Raison d'?tat in the Seventeenth Century
War and Competition in the Eighteenth Century

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 4: A 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

Chapter 5: The Cold War

The Origins and Escalation of the Cold War
Seeking Restraints Through Deterrence, Diplomacy, and D?tente
Persistent Problems and the Final Demise of the Cold War

Chapter 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?


Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 10: Coercive Diplomacy

Principles of Coercive Diplomacy
American "Gunboat Diplomacy," 1852-1854
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Contemporary Coercion Against Iran and Its Nuclear Program

Chapter 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


Chapter 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


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