Back to the Future: Instability in Europe After the Cold War

  title={Back to the Future: Instability in Europe After the Cold War},
  author={John J. Mearsheimer},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={5 - 56}
  • J. Mearsheimer
  • Published 22 January 1990
  • Political Science
  • International Security
The profound changes now underway in Europe have been widely viewed as harbingers of a new age of peace. With the Cold War over, it is said, the threat of war that has hung over Europe for more than four decades is lifting. Swords can now be beaten into ploughshares; harmony can reign among the states and peoples of Europe. Central Europe, which long groaned under the massive forces of the two military blocs, can convert its military bases into industrial parks, playgrounds, and condominiums… 

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