The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John J. Mearsheimer

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"A superb book.…Mearsheimer has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the behavior of great powers."—Barry R. Posen, The National Interest

The updated edition of this classic treatise on the behavior of great powers takes a penetrating look at the question likely to dominate international relations in the twenty-first century: Can China rise peacefully? In clear, eloquent prose, John Mearsheimer explains why the answer is no: a rising China will seek to dominate Asia, while the United States, determined to remain the world's sole regional hegemon, will go to great lengths to prevent that from happening. The tragedy of great power politics is inescapable.

About John J. Mearsheimer

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John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago. He has published several books, including The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.Stephen M. Walt is the Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and was academic dean of the Kennedy School from 2002 to 2006. He is the author of Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy, among other books.
Published January 17, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 592 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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(Mearsheimer argues that there has never been, and likely never will be, a global hegemon.) He asserts that there are two kinds of power: latent (population, wealth) and military.

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The central tenet of the political theory called "offensive realism" is that each state seeks to ensure its survival by maximizing its share of world power.

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Mearsheimer offers his own theory, "offensive realism," as a means of explaining the whole history of modern international relations and as a reliable paradigm for predicting the future of world politics.

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