Force and Statecraft Diplomatic Challenges of Our Time

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Edition: 5th
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2013-07-05
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Force and Statecraft: Diplomatic Challenges of Our Time, Fifth Edition, is a concise historical discussion and insightful analysis of diplomacy. It uniquely combines history, political science, and international law in order to explore how lessons from the rich experience of the past can be brought to bear on the diplomatic challenges that we confront in our world today.

This new edition combines the cumulative insights and reflections of three internationally renowned scholars--who have written more than fifty books between them--with an astute, stimulating, and up-to-date treatment of recent global developments. These include American foreign policy, the rise of China, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction in North Korea, and nuclear enrichment in Iran. Significant attention is given to the powerful impact of technology on the "digital revolution," the revolution in military affairs (RMA), drones, eDiplomacy, the "information revolution," cyber security and WikiLeaks, command and control, surveillance and reconnaissance, and social networking sites. This edition also provides a sophisticated and thought-provoking analysis of "hard" and "soft" power, the "invisibility of security," human rights, ethics, law, legitimacy, and the threat and use of force as an instrument of statecraft.

Author Biography

Paul Gordon Lauren is Regents Professor and Distinguished Mansfield Fellow at the University of Montana and an internationally acclaimed authority on 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 A. Craig was J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, a renowned scholar of diplomatic and German history, and former president of the American Historical Association.

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

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition
1. The Emergence of Diplomacy and the Great Powers
The Early Practices, Techniques, and Ideas of Diplomacy
War, States, and Raison d'état in the Seventeenth Century
War and Competition in the Eighteenth Century
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
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
4. A New 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
5. The Cold War
The Origins and Escalation of the Cold War
Seeking Restraints through Deterrence, Diplomacy, and Détente
Persistent Problems and the Final Demise of the Cold War
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?
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
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
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
10. Coercive Diplomacy
Principles of Coercive Diplomacy
American "Gunboat Diplomacy," 1852-1854
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Contemporary Coercion against Iran
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
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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