The tragedy of great power politics

Harris Siderfin
Monday 4 April 2022

Mearsheimer, John J., and Glenn Alterman. 2001. WW Norton & Company.

This text by John Mearsheimer is a foundational theoretical work in the field of International Relations and outlines the inherently conflictual nature of great power politics. The piece explores the enduring nature of great power rivalries and examines the effects of continued security competition, a process marked by the build-up of armaments, military capabilties, and a resulting proclivity towards escalation. Though the text is limited with regards to critical narratives or theories, it is essential reading in order to gain a balanced understanding of peace in International Relations.

Link: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/capsule-review/2001-11-01/tragedy-great-power-politics

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