[OPE-L:7994] Non equilibrium power politics

From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@stanford.edu)
Date: Tue Nov 12 2002 - 16:27:00 EST



John Mearsheimer's  Tragedy of Great Power Politics disdains 
liberal-imperial rhetoric for a tough-minded theory of 'offensive 
realism'. Peter Gowan argues that, whatever its merits, the behaviour 
of states in the international system cannot be dissociated from the 
internal dynamics of the political orders they protect.


Looking through the book, I must say that I was left confused about 
the exact advantages from and precise defintion of the regional 
hegemony to which all great powers aspire first and foremost, 
according to Mearsheimer. Mearsheimer concludes with severe criticism 
of US foreign policy towards China; he argues for economic isolation 
which will strangle the growth rate of the potential hegemon.  He 
does not believe wealth will render China democratic and peaceful; 
rather the economic growth which US engagement now propels will 
enable it to attempt a serious bid for regional hegemony which may 
set the context for wars more horrific than those that haunted the 
last century.


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