G. John Ikenberry

Capsule Review
G. John Ikenberry

In recent years, Katzenstein, a renowned scholar of international relations, has advanced a strikingly new vision of civilizations, contending that although civilizations exist and are important, they are not really actors. Rather, they are loose, pluralistic systems of belief and identity.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
G. John Ikenberry

Barber sees cities as the best hope for solving global problems and safeguarding democracy.

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Jan/Feb
2014
G. John Ikenberry

Miller, who recently served as the U.S. National Security Council’s director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, assesses efforts to rebuild failed states through armed intervention.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
G. John Ikenberry

This useful collection examines what happened when intellectuals in one country grappled with the ideas of another.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
G. John Ikenberry

In seeking to prevent violence, liberal interventionists are creating new legal and moral justifications for the use of force around the world.

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Nov/Dec
2013
G. John Ikenberry

Chellaney sketches a bleak picture of water scarcity in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and speculates whether the social and environmental stresses of water shortage could lead to conflict and armed violence.

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Nov/Dec
2013
G. John Ikenberry

In this book Collier explores the economics and politics of global migration and offers a surprising and controversial case for restricting it.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
G. John Ikenberry

This book provides a useful contribution to debates about democracy promotion by looking at what Kurki deems the “hidden” assumptions about political change that inform discussions of the topic.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
G. John Ikenberry

Hafner-Burton’s sober message is that human rights promotion cannot be separated from the daunting task of building stable, rule-based societies.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
G. John Ikenberry

For thousands of years, people have been launching themselves onto water to fish, trade, fight, and explore -- and doing so in ways that have profoundly shaped human institutions and the rise and decline of civilizations.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
G. John Ikenberry

Wimmer’s major contribution is to demonstrate how the spread of the nation-state generated violence and war.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
G. John Ikenberry

This iconoclastic book takes issue with the conventional view that global security requires strong states capable of policing borders and enforcing order.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
G. John Ikenberry

Hall notes that there are limits to how diverse a stable and well-functioning society can be: some minimal agreement must exist over certain essentials, such as respect for the rule of law and an abhorrence of violence.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
G. John Ikenberry

Unlike earlier periods when democracies faltered, such as the 1930s, today democracy is waning in every region of the world, and many countries where democratic rule is fading are regional powers, such as Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia, which harms the prospects for democracy in surrounding countries.

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Sept/Oct
2013
G. John Ikenberry

Rosecrance urges the United States to pursue a grand strategy of trade and economic integration, this time focused on the creation of a massive economic union with Europe.

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May/June
2013
G. John Ikenberry

For over half a century, Germany and Japan have struggled to put World War II behind them. Berger has produced one of the most sophisticated and sensitive treatments yet about how these two countries have contended with their troubled histories.

Capsule Review
May/June
2013
G. John Ikenberry

In recent years, Katzenstein, a renowned scholar of international relations, has advanced a strikingly new vision of civilizations, contending that although civilizations exist and are important, they are not really actors. Rather, they are loose, pluralistic systems of belief and identity.

Capsule Review
May/June
2013
G. John Ikenberry

Choucri has put together a systematic guide to cyberspace issues, informed by international relations theory.

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May/June
2013
G. John Ikenberry

In this short but persuasive book, Goldin argues that the institutions of postwar global governance—the UN, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank—are increasingly incapable of managing the instabilities created by global interdependence.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2013
G. John Ikenberry

Here, a team of American and European scholars makes one of the best efforts yet to identify the norms of hegemonic and great-power responsibility by examining three “problem areas” in contemporary world politics: nonproliferation, climate change, and international financial regulation.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2013
G. John Ikenberry

In this useful little book, Pifer and O’Hanlon call for reviving nuclear arms control, arguing that Washington should build on the 2010 New START agreement, between the United States and Russia.

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Mar/Apr
2013
G. John Ikenberry

Surveying the hardest cases in U.S. foreign policy, Etzioni presents himself as a sort of referee, clarifying the debates and identifying reasonable paths forward. In this collection, his essays on China are particularly penetrating.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2013
G. John Ikenberry

It has become commonplace to observe that power is shifting: from states to nonstate actors, from institutions to networks, and so on. In this fascinating book, Naím makes the more provocative claim that power is, in fact, declining.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2013
G. John Ikenberry

In this eloquent and searching portrait of today’s transforming global order, Mahbubani argues that the world is only a few steps away from a global governance system that will unite regions, civilizations, and great powers.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2013
G. John Ikenberry

The authors collected here argue that the United States should pursue a peacetime “competitive strategy” by arraying defense forces in Asia, staying ahead of Chinese military modernization, and looking for ways to exploit Chinese vulnerabilities and weaknesses.