After Victory: Order and Power in International Politics by G. John Ikenberry

By G. John Ikenberry

Publish yr note: First released in 2000

The finish of the chilly struggle used to be a "big bang" such as previous moments after significant wars, similar to the top of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the tip of the area Wars in 1919 and 1945. the following John Ikenberry asks the query, what do states that win wars do with their newfound strength and the way do they use it to construct order? In studying the postwar settlements in smooth historical past, he argues that strong nations do search to construct solid and cooperative kin, however the kind of order that emerges hinges on their skill to make commitments and restrain power.

The writer explains that basically with the unfold of democracy within the 20th century and the leading edge use of overseas institutions--both associated with the emergence of the U.S. as an international power--has order been created that is going past stability of strength politics to convey "constitutional" features. The open personality of the yankee polity and an internet of multilateral associations permit the us to workout strategic restraint and determine good family one of the business democracies regardless of speedy shifts and severe disparities in power.

Blending comparative politics with diplomacy, and heritage with concept, After Victory could be of curiosity to somebody enthusiastic about the association of worldwide order, the function of associations in global politics, and the teachings of previous postwar settlements for at the present time. It additionally speaks to today's debate over the power of the USA to steer in an period of unipolar strength.

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278). Notable among accessible, constructive accounts of US power is Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World (2008a). As a highly successful immigrant to the US, he keenly appreciates the opportunities that US society affords. He is equally mindful of the US economy’s enduring structural strengths. 9 While such arguments resonate in today’s polarized political climate, Zakaria walks an exceedingly narrow tightrope in highlighting the residual assets of the US alongside the striking advances among emerging states.

Fundamentally, the international relations literature distinguishes between power resources and power conversion capacity. Defined as the command over resources – a function of geography, technology, the stock of physical and human capital, and even more intangible attributes, such as culture– latent power may, but need not, translate 35 36 Global Power: Key Issues into commensurate control over actors and events. The effective exercise of power therefore fundamentally involves the ability to deploy resources in a manner that persuades others to act in one’s interests.

Underlying this overwhelming capability are superior science, technology and industrial know how, and increasingly sophisticated global telecommunications networks. Six US military commands oversee a globally dispersed million-plus standing army and a string of forward bases housing its personnel and armory. 7 Through defense treaties and an “over the horizon” presence, the US military provides a highly credible deterrent to state aggression in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Monitoring strategic sea lanes and chokepoints, the US also furnishes the essential security infrastructure to combat blockade and piracy, safeguarding international commerce.

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