Seeking Peace in a Post-Cold War World of Hegemony and Terrorism

  • John R. Oneal
Part of the Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis book series (AFPA)


The world is full of testimony to tragedy. Governments oppress their own people and attack their neighbors. Countries and groups perfect the techniques of terrorism. Realists say that every country is potentially an enemy of every other—intentionally or not, a threat to their security and very existence. This tradition, like the anarchy that underlies it, has a history from Thucydides, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Thomas Hobbes and shapes the perspective of many policymakers. Centuries ago rulers threw off any remaining authority above the state, affirmed their sovereign autonomy, and in so doing accepted a system in which that autonomy would be at risk from the acquisitive designs by their fellows. With no world government to impose security, states are caught in this precarious condition of freedom and risk.


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