The self-interest of independent nations, an international lawyer argues, is the central fact of world politics, and neither the revolution in communications, the rise of the multinational corporation, nor academic theories of interdependence have changed it. He has some sharp things to say about the blindness of Western governments since World War I and knocks down a number of straw men. The ultimate chances for peace lie in uniting the world or escaping from it; the short-term recipe is the maintenance of the balance of power and the intelligent pursuit of the national interest.
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