A Calculus of Power: Grand Strategy in the Twenty-First Century

A Calculus of Power: Grand Strategy in the Twenty-First Century


By (author) Peter Gowan, By (author) Ali Tariq

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 25mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 10 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184467620X
  • ISBN 13: 9781844676200
  • Sales rank: 684,993

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In this wide-ranging and incisive collection, Peter Gowan traces the contours of the world order that emerged after the end of the Cold War and assesses its prospects in the light of the global economic downturn. Arguing that the present inter-state system was shaped from the outset by Washington's drive to maintain its status as global hegemon, Gowan dissects several cherished myths of the liberal mainstream, offering a radical counter-history of the UN and a sharp critique of the West's interventions in the Balkans. He provides a forceful response to advocates of a new cosmopolitanism, and engages with neo-realist theories of international relations-asking whether the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a crisis for their visions of American power, and discussing what the lineaments of a future order might be.

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Pter Gowan (1946-2009) taught international relations for many years at London Metropolitan University. He was the author of The Global Gamble, co-editor of The Question of Europe, cofounder of the journal Labour Focus on Eastern Europe and a longstanding member of the editorial board of New Left Review.

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One of the most formidable intellects among young radicals from the 1960s New Left.A" Misha Glenny Peter was a socialist intellectual of the highest calibre, combining enormous energy and independence of mind with a truly collective spirit.A" Tariq Ali