Unrest Assured: Why Unipolarity Is Not Peaceful

  title={Unrest Assured: Why Unipolarity Is Not Peaceful},
  author={Nuno P. Monteiro},
  journal={International Security},
The United States has been at war for thirteen of the twenty-two years since the Cold War ended and the world became unipolar. Still, the consensual view among international relations theorists is that unipolarity is peaceful. They base this view on two assumptions: first, the unipole will guarantee the global status quo and, second, no state will balance against it. Both assumptions are problematic. First, the unipole may disengage from a particular region, thus removing constraints on… 
Is Unipolarity Peaceful?
Unipolarity is more peaceful than what theorists predict. In causal terms, its dynamics might be less unidirectional than what is often assumed. First, contrary to Monteiro’s assumption, the
Unipolar politics and global peace: a structural explanation of the globalizing jihad
Abstract Following the end of the cold war, the international system transformed from a bipolar to a unipolar system. Unipolarity is not peaceful. It has contributed to the generation of
Syrian Alliance Strategy in the Post-Cold War Era: The Impact of Unipolarity
This paper explores Syrian alliance formation strategy since the end of the Cold War. While previous research has sufficiently covered the alliance- making strategies of Syria and other Middle East
Unipolarity’s unpeacefulness and US foreign policy: consequences of a ‘coherent system of irrationality’
Drawing on Hans J. Morgenthau, this article argues that a key contributor to the unpeacefulness of the post–Cold War unipolar order was the irrationality of US foreign policy. Post–Cold War US
Hard Balancing in the Age of American Unipolarity: The Russian Response to US Ballistic Missile Defense during the Bush Administration (2001–2008)
Abstract One of the central debates in contemporary international relations scholarship concerns the issue of whether balancing has occurred in response to US-based unipolarity, and if it has, how
Why unipolarity doesn't matter (much)
This article first argues that states have not balanced against US unipolar power because the potential balancers do not view the United States as a major threat, because they believe it has benign
War and Peace
  • L. Beehner
  • Political Science
    The Journal of Politics
  • 2018
ooks on war generally fall into one of two categories: one is that war is imminent or more likely than most think. Allison (2017) fits this profile. The other says that war is on the wane and that we
‘Waltz, Mearsheimer and the post-Cold War world: The rise of America and the fall of structural realism’
The explanatory power of structural realism in the post-Cold War world has been hotly debated in the international relations literature. Critics pronounce the death of structural realism in this new
Immoderate greatness: Is great power restraint a practical grand strategy?
  • T. Onea
  • Political Science
    European Journal of International Security
  • 2016
Abstract The article examines when and how often great powers are likely to follow a grand strategy of restraint and whether there is any evidence that they have ever done so. The question has
Rethinking polarity for the twenty-first century: perceptions of order in international society
The structural effect of what is known in the International Relations (IR) literature as the ‘polarity’ of any given moment has been a central theme in mainstream theories and across the discipline


The Unipolar Illusion Revisited: The Coming End of the United States' Unipolar Moment
  • C. Layne
  • Political Science
    International Security
  • 2006
The conventional wisdom among U.S. grand strategists is that U.S. hegemony is exceptionalthat the United States need not worry about other states engaging in counterhegemonic balancing against it.
Alliances in a Unipolar World
Unipolarity is a novel condition in world politics, and its effects on international alliances have yet to receive sustained theoretical attention. Tracing its impact requires a careful distinction
After Unipolarity: China's Visions of International Order in an Era of U.S. Decline
The emerging transition from unipolarity to a more multipolar distribution of global power presents a unique and unappreciated problem that largely explains why, contrary to the expectations of
The Stability of a Unipolar World
The collapse of the Soviet Union produced the greatest change in world power relationships since World War II. With Moscow’s headlong fall from superpower status, the bipolar structure that had
Unipolarity, Status Competition, and Great Power War
Most scholars hold that the consequences of unipolarity for great power conflict are indeterminate and that a power shift resulting in a return to bipolarity or multipolarity will not raise the
The Waning of U.S. HegemonyMyth or Reality A Review Essay
  • C. Layne
  • Political Science
    International Security
  • 2009
Over the next two decades, international politics will be shaped by whether the international system remains unipolar or is transformed into a multipolar system. Can the United States sustain its
Introduction: Unipolarity, State Behavior, and Systemic Consequences
The United States emerged from the 1990s as an unrivaled global “unipolar” state. This extraordinary imbalance has triggered global debate. Governments and peoples around the world are struggling to
Unipolarity, State Behavior, and Systemic Consequences
The United States emerged from the 1990s as an unrivaled global power to become a “unipolar” state. This extraordinary imbalance has triggered global debate. Governments and peoples around the world
System Maker and Privilege Taker: U.S. Power and the International Political Economy
There is striking consistency in the international economic behavior of the United States across the bipolar and unipolar eras. The United States has been simultaneously a system maker and privilege
Unipolarity: A Structural Perspective
In analyzing the current unipolar system, it is useful to begin with structure. No other state or plausible coalition can challenge the unipole’s core security, but this does not mean that all its