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International Security Readers

International Security Readers compile the best articles from International Security into volumes organized around a specific theme.

These anthologies make classic IS articles conveniently available for classroom use. They have been assigned in numerous university courses. The books are also popular with readers who may not have access to back issues of the journal. Many of the volumes also feature annotated bibliographies.

The editorial headquarters for the International Security Readers series is the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

An International Security Reader

Important contributions from both sides of the debate over the relationship between democracy and military victory.

Roots, Strategies, and Responses

Experts explore the sources of contemporary terrorism, what terrorists want, and how the United States and other countries should respond.

Nuclear Proliferation and International Security in the 21st Century

These essays offer conceptual, historical, and analytical perspectives on one of the most significant challenges to global security in the twenty-first century: controlling nuclear proliferation.

American Power and International Stability

Experts consider whether American primacy will endure or if the future holds a multipolar world of several great powers.

An overview of offense-defense theory, which argues that the relative ease of offense and defense varies in international politics.

Changing Dimensions of International Security

An analysis of new global security concerns in the post-September 11 world, including weapons of mass destruction, nonmilitary dangers, and transnational actors.

Understanding the roots and causes of ethnic animosity; analyses of recent events in Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Somalia, and the former Soviet Union.

Stephen Walt and His Critics

Opposing views on the merits of formal rational choice approaches as they have been applied to international security studies.

Contending perspectives on the future of US grand strategy.

New approaches to understanding war and peace in the changing international system.

The implications of the rapid growth of East Asian countries in the post-Cold War world.

Changing Dimensions of International Security
Contemporary Realism and International Security

Up-to-date and comprehensive analyses of American national security strategy in the post-Cold War world.

An International Security Reader
Prospects for Peace

A collection of well-reasoned arguments on the causes of the Cold War and the effect of its aftermath on the peaceful coexistence of European states.

Analysts debate the international implications of a newly powerful China.