In clear and jargon-free style, A Primer in Power Politics explains the concept of power politics and provides an introduction to the principles of humanistic political realism. This book answers the questions: When and why do states resort to the use of force, and what are the uses and limits of force in conflicts among nations? What can we realistically expect from the United Nations, the World Court, arbitration panels, and other peaceful settlement techniques? What role do morality, ethics, and world public opinion play in the international interactions of nations? The first contemporary work in international politics to address power politics, this text is ideal for courses in international relations, U.S. foreign policy, comparative foreign politics, international conflict, and national security.
Stanley Michalak has worked in the government department of Franklin & Marshall College, where he served as chairman from 1973 to 1976. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and an author and consultant on United Nations affairs for the Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Department of State.
Chapter 1 Introduction-Why a Primer in Power Politics? Chapter 2 International Politics IS Primarily about Interests and Order; It Is Only Secondarily about Justice and Moral Principles Chapter 3 Revisionism Is the Driving Force in International Politics Chapter 4 Be Wary of the Itch to Use Military Force; Those Who Give In to It Frequently Rue the Day They Did So Chapter 5 Maintaining Peace Is the Job of the Status Quo Powers Chapter 6 There Is No Viable Alternative to Power Politics Chapter 7 Epilogue-The Prospects for Peace in the Post-Cold War World: Where You Stand on Questions of War and Peace Depends on Where You Sit