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The Post-Cold War Order: The Spoils of Peace
The Post-Cold War Order: The Spoils of Peace
By Ian Clark
Oxford University Press, 2001, 260 pp

Clark describes the post-Cold War order as the outcome of a protracted peace settlement akin to those of 1815, 1919, and 1945, all of which involved both a "distributive" and a "regulatory" settlement. In the former type, the victors make political and territorial adjustments to reflect the new distribution of power; examples include German unification within NATO, the dismantling of the Warsaw Pact, and the enlargement of NATO and the European Union. The latter type reformulates the rules and norms of world order, such as the multilateral organization of the global economy and the expansion of cooperative security partnerships. In this context, peacemaking provides a useful framework for describing global changes since 1991, and the author deems cooperative security -- particularly U.S.-led alliances in Europe and Asia -- an important pillar of the post-Cold War order that augurs for continued stability. Although Clark does not discern specific rules and norms, he finds multilateral forms of cooperation to be the most useful and legitimate. But he wa¦es in the end on whether the post-Cold War order reflects American power or deeper structures of cooperation. Hence his view on the future remains clouded.