Edited by one of the most renowned scholars in the field, Richard K. Betts’s Conflict After the Cold War assembles classic and contemporary readings on enduring problems of international security. Offering broad historical and philosophical breadth, the carefully chosen and excerpted selections in this popular reader help students engage in key debates over the future of war and the new forms that violent conflict will take. Conflict After the Cold War encourages closer scrutiny of the political, economic, social, and military factors that drive war and peace.

New to the Sixth Edition

  • Eight new readings covering issues that have grown in salience since the previous edition or that present new interpretations of answers to old problems, including pieces by Robert Kagan, Edward O. Wilson, Scott D. Sagan, Robert Jervis and Jason Healey, Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Oystein Tunsjo, and Michael Beckley.
  • Updated volume and chapter introductions and a new reading by Richard K. Betts.

part I|64 pages

Visions of Conflict and Peace

part II|62 pages

International Realism: Anarchy and Power

part III|51 pages

International Liberalism: Institutions and Cooperation

part IV|58 pages

Psychology and Culture: The Human Mind, Norms, and Learning

part V|67 pages

Economics: Interests and Interdependence

part VI|53 pages

Politics: Ideology and Identity

part VII|108 pages

Military Technology, Strategy, and Stability

part VIII|108 pages

Terrorism, Revolution, and Unconventional Warfare

part IX|81 pages

Threat Assessment and Misjudgment: Recurrent Dilemmas

part X|54 pages

New Threats and Strategies for Peace