No Common Power

No Common Power : Understanding International Relations

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For courses in International Relations and American Foreign Policy.

No Common Power's focus on the intrinsic paradox of world politics provides the perfect forum for responding to the dramatic changes that have taken place in the international political system. The text is positioned at the intersection between the world of affairs and the world of ideas to provide an interesting, attention-grabbing approach designed to integrate recent events with key concepts and controversies at the foundation of the international system.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 398 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 19.1mm | 498.96g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0130115045
  • 9780130115041

Table of contents


1. Understanding International Relations.
2. The International System and the Modern State.

3. The East-West Conflict: Origins.
4. East-West Relations and the End of the Cold War.
5. The North-South Conflict.
6. Nuclear Weapons and World Politics.

7. Interpretations of the Past: 1914 Versus 1938.
8. A Glimpse into the Abyss: The Cuban Missile Crisis.
9. Vietnam and the Limits of Intervention.
10. Oil and the World Political Economy.

11. The Causes of War.
12. The Search for Global Order.
13. European Union and the Search for Regional Order.
14. Globalization and the Search for Economic Order.

15. Conclusion.
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About Robert J. Lieber

ROBERT J. LIEBER is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he served as Chair of the Government Department from 1990 to 1996 and as Interim Chair of Psychology from 1997 to 1999. He is an expert on American foreign policy and U.S. relations with Europe and the Middle East. He was born and raised in Chicago; he received his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. at Harvard. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In addition he has taught at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of California, Davis, and has been Visiting Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, the Harvard Center for International Affairs, the Atlantic Institute in Paris, and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Professor Lieber is author of five other books: British Politics and European Unity (1970); Theory and World Politics (1972); Oil and the Middle East War (1976); Contemporary Politics; Europe (co-author, 1976); and The Oil Decade (1983 and 1986). In addition, with Kenneth Oye and Donald Rothchild he is co-editor and contributing author of four volumes on American foreign policy: Eagle Entangled: U.S. Foreign Policy in a Complex World (1979); Eagle Defiant: United States Foreign Policy in the 1980s (1983); Eagle Resurgent? The Reagan Era in American Foreign Policy (1987); and Eagle in a New World: American Grand Strategy in the Post-Cold War Era (1992). He also is editor and contributing author of Eagle Adrift: American Foreign Policy at the End of the Century (1997).

Dr. Lieber has been a foreign policy advisor in several presidential campaigns, a frequent contributor to scholarly journals and newspapers, and a participant in discussions of foreign affairs on television and radio. Among his other credits are "killer" tennis and a walk-on part in the Alfred Hitchcock film classic, "North by Northwest."
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