Theories of War in an Era of Leading-Power Peace Presidential Address, American Political Science Association, 2001

  title={Theories of War in an Era of Leading-Power Peace Presidential Address, American Political Science Association, 2001},
  author={Robert L. Jervis},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={1 - 14}
  • R. Jervis
  • Published 1 March 2002
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
The motor of international politics has been war among the leading states. The most developed states in the international system—the United States, Western Europe, and Japan—form what Karl Deutsch called a security community, which is a group of countries among which war is unthinkable. These states are the most powerful ones in the world and, so, are traditional rivals. Thus the change is striking and consequential. Constructivists explain this in terms of changed ideas and identities… 

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