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Palgrave Macmillan

The Security Dilemma

Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics

ISBN 9780333587447
Publication Date December 2007
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This provides the first comprehensive analysis of the concept of the 'security dilemma'. By exploring the theory and practice of the security dilemma through the prisms of fear, cooperation and trust, it considers whether the security dilemma can be mitigated or even transcended analysing a wide range of historical and contemporary cases.

KEN BOOTH is the E.H. Carr Professor in the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. He was a former Vice-Chair and Chair of the British International Studies Association, and its first President. In addition to numerous publications in the field of International Politics he is founding series editor of the Critical Security Studies Series (Lynne Rienner Publishers) and editor of International Relations.

NICHOLAS WHEELER is Professor in International Politics in the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. He is also Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies, a Trustee of the Welsh Centre of International Affairs, and a member of the United Nations Association of the UK's Policy Advisory Committee.

Foreword by John H. Herz
Introduction: What is the Security Dilemma?
The Security Dilemma in the 21st Century
Beyond the Security Dilemma


'An excellent book which has already stimulated me to rethink some aspects of a field in which I have worked for many years. I can recommend it to both experts and students.' - Robert Jervis, Columbia University
'A major theoretical contribution on one of the core concepts in international politics. It is filled with smart insights and treats other approaches in a fair and sophisticated way. No future scholar will be able to write about the security dilemma without engaging this cutting-edge work.' - John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago, USA
'Learned and incisive, yet also impressively clear and balanced, this long-anticipated book has been well worth the wait. Booth and Wheeler put the concept of the security dilemma at the centre of how we should think about international relations knitting the whole subject together so well around their core theme that this could easily be used as a main teaching textbook in IR. It is hard to think of a better written or more stimulating (re)introduction to the subject than this'. - Barry Buzan, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
'A landmark work of great intellectual depth and normative contemplation. This book speaks to theorists, policymakers, and global citizens as they grapple with the most daunting issues of our time.' - Geoffrey Wiseman, University of Southern California, USA, and formerly of UN Secretary-General's Office
'[I]ncisive, well research and thought-provoking ... Booth and Wheeler falls into the "must read" category for anyone seeking an in-depth understanding of the security dilema.' - Andrew Liaropoulos, The International Spectator
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