The False Promise of International Institutions

@article{Mearsheimer1994TheFP,
  title={The False Promise of International Institutions},
  author={John J. Mearsheimer},
  journal={International Security},
  year={1994},
  volume={19},
  pages={49 - 5}
}
  • J. Mearsheimer
  • Published 24 January 1994
  • Political Science
  • International Security
Since the Cold War ended, Western policymakers have sought to create security arrangements in Europe, as well as in other regions of the globe, that are based on international institutions. In doing so, they explicitly reject balance-of-power politics as an organizing concept for the post-Cold War world. During the 1992 presidential campaign, for example, President Clinton declared that, "in a world where freedom, not tyranny, is on the march, the cynical calculus of pure power politics simply… 

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