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International Relations Books

Peacemaking from Above: Peace from Below

Ending Conflict Between Regional Rivals

Do states or societies drive peacemaking between regional rivals?  What causes some peace agreements to hold, while others unravel quickly?  This book advances a two-staged model of peacemaking.  Peace is made by states for their own motives, whereas successful agreements require societal buy-in after the fact.

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Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics

with Jeffrey W. Taliaferro and Steven E. Lobell

This book develops neoclassical realism not merely as an approach to the study of foreign policy, but a broader approach to understanding international relations.

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The Political Economy of Regional Peacemaking

Edited with Steven E. Lobell

To what extent can states and international institution promote peacemaking with economic instruments 9economic sanctions, incentives, and preferential trade arrangements?  The contributors of this book consider the question with reference to evidence from all regions of the world.

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Economic Statecraft and Foreign Policy

Sanctions, Incentives and Target State Calculations 

This book argues that economic sanctions and incentives work not when they promise economic costs and gains to target states but when they signal political gains and/or losses.  Blanchard and Ripsman build a comprehensive theory of economic statecraft and test its utility against evidence from a multinational context.

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Globalization and the National Security State

with T.V. Paul

Has globalization altered the pursuit of national security?  Ripsman and Paul evaluate the question systematically across four types of states (great powers, states in stable regions, states in unstable regions, and failing states) and find that the impact of globalization on security is, as of yet overstated.

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The Challenge of Grand Strategy

The Great Powers and the Broken Balance Between the World Wars

Edited with Jeffrey W. Taliaferro and Steven E. Lobell

This book brings together historians and political scientists to revisit the conventional wisdom on the grand strategies pursued between the world wars, drawing on theoretical innovations and new primary sources. The contributors suggest that all the great powers pursued policies that, while in retrospect suboptimal, represented conscious, rational attempts to secure their national interests under conditions of extreme uncertainty and intense domestic and international political, economic, and strategic constraints.

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Neoclassical Realism, the State and Foreign Policy

Edited with Steven E. Lobell and Jeffrey W. Taliaferro

This book offers the first systematic survey of the neoclassical realist approach, presenting a variety of neoclassical realist approaches to states' grand strategies. It examines the central role of the 'state' and seek to explain why, how, and under what conditions the internal characteristics of states intervene between their leaders' assessments of international threats and opportunities, and the actual diplomatic, military, and foreign economic policies those leaders are likely to pursue.

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Peacemaking by Democracies

The Effect of State Autonomy on the Post-World War Settlements

When theorists explain how democracies conduct foreign policy, they tend to ignore or downplay differences and assume that democratic governments all behave similarly. Challenging this assumption, this book breaks down the category of "democracy" to argue that differences in structural autonomy among democratic states affect how foreign security policies are chosen and international negotiations are carried out. Concluding with an examination of the implications of these findings for security policy in contemporary democracies, Peacemaking by Democracies combines innovation in international relations theory with careful primary research in historical archives.

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Economic Statecraft, Interdependence and National Security

Power and the Purse

Edited with Jean-Marc F. Blanchard and Edward D. Mansfield

The contributors to this book address the relationship between economic interdependence and international conflict, the political economy of economic sanctions, and the role of economic incentives in international statecraft.

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