The, Power And Interdependence By Robert O. Keohane And Joseph S. Nye Jr.

1968 Words Dec 13th, 2016 8 Pages
The international arena is full of rapid change, challenges, and uncertainty. Scholar use theoretical tools to further understand global politics. The most prominent theory driven tools used today are Realism and Liberalism. These two theories vary in definition and people ascribe to them as ways of viewing the world, predicting the future of events and furthering their understanding of state behavior. Two great books that exemplify such theories are “The Tragedy of Great Powers” by John J. Mearsheimer and “Power and Interdependence” by Robert O. Keohane and Joseph S. Nye Jr. These books explain theoretical tools by showcasing how such tools explain state behavior. As the world continues to evolve scholars and theorist attempt to change and evolve the realist and liberalist theory to match and address the currently state events in international politics.

After the cold war ended many scholars believed it was the end of history and that liberal democracy had won over any other forms of government. The 9/11 events in 2001 displayed a very different view of the world, where uncertainty and rapid change was at the forefront. This harder contrast exemplified the major threat states were subject to. John Mearsheimer is the author of the book the “Tragedy of Great Powers.” He like Kenneth Waltz is a realist. Realist tend to believe that it is the structure of the international system that pins countries against each other. The lack of a central authority in the international…

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