How Did We Get Here?

  • James E. Goodby
  • Kenneth WeisbrodeEmail author


Understanding the post-Cold War era—or whatever people may call it someday—has spawned a cottage industry in the past few decades. Yet surprisingly few of these attempts have grappled with the near disappearance of one of the cardinal principles of the twentieth century: collective security. This book traces that disappearance in time by revisiting several essays written from the mid-1990s to the past few years, and asking how so many of the lessons learned during the twentieth century were nearly forgotten by the first two decades of the twenty-first century.


Post-Cold War Donald Trump Unilateralism Collective security Applied history Contemporary history 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Hoover InstitutionStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Bilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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