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Rational Theory of International Politics: The Logic of Competition and Cooperation
Within the realist school of international relations, a prevailing view holds that the anarchic structure of the international system invariably forces the great powers to seek security at one another's expense, dooming even peaceful nations to an unrelenting struggle for power and dominance. "Rational Theory of International Politics" offers a more nuanced alternative to ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published May 23rd 2010 by Princeton University Press
(first published April 26th 2010)
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Wanna know about defensive realism? Here ya go. Despite driveling ON AND ON AND ON about relaxing assumptions (I get it - it's good to dive deeper, but man, I'm dying here), Glaser does a nice job of laying out the defensive realist's argument. It's all about the security dilemma, and if you can signal to your adversary that what you're doing is not meant to threaten him, perhaps there's a way out.