No Clear and Present Danger
A Skeptical View of the United States Entry into World War II
By (author) Bruce M. Russett
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No Clear and Present Danger by Bruce M. Russett
Book DescriptionFrom the Preface to the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition:This was a controversial book, and likely remains so...The world 25 years later looks quite different. With the end of the Cold War, the United States is now the world's only superpower. If this country cannot shape the international system and bring peace and stability to much of the world, surely no other state can. Yet the will to a broadly internationalist foreign policy cannot currently be found in the United States. The near-consensus that ranged across foreign policy elites before the Vietnam War has never been restored. Maybe that's just as well. But I hold to much of the basic perspective of this book as offering some guidance for fellow "cooperative internationalists." The power to shape international affairs is limited; military intervention is a costly, blunt, and dangerous instrument. The five questions I ask on page 108 of this book remain appropriate. I do believe there are appropriate circumstances for military action in international affairs. In most circumstances I do not believe that it is desirable, effective, or just to try to spread democracy or other American values by force of arms. Much more could be done by way of financial assistance as well as consistent ideological and technical support to create a more democratic and interdependent environment within which peace can be secured...If the Vietnam War derived in substantial part from an overconfident and unilateral interpretation of history, that is a mistake from which we can still learn.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813331959
(210mm x 140mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 11-Jul-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bruce M. Russett
Purpose and Policy in the Global Community, Hardback (August 2006)
Few topics are as important in the study of international relations as the causes of wealth and poverty, and their interaction with militarization. This book shows the linkages between wealth and conflict both substantively and temporally, and is useful for students and researchers.
Triangulating Peace, Paperback (February 2001)
Does democracy reduce conflict?
Grasping the Democratic Peace, Paperback (November 1994)» View all books by Bruce M. Russett
By illuminating the conflict-resolving mechanisms inherent in the relationships between democracies, this title explains one of the most promising developments of the modern international system: the striking fact that the democracies that it comprises have almost never fought each other.
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Author Biography - Bruce M. Russett
Bruce M. Russett is Dean Acheson Professor of International Relations and Political Science and the director of United Nations studies at Yale University. He is the editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
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