After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars (Princeton Studies in International History and Politics)
by G. John Ikenberry
Reviewed by Oby
This book is good for its careful and thorough analysis of the diplomacy of the post-war settlements of 1815, 1919, 1945, and 1989--91,. John Ikenberry addresses in this book three major questions for the study of world politics: how do major-state victors seek to translate their military success into a sustainable political order; why do secondary-state partners accept the order so constructed by the major victors; and why have post-war settlements become progressively based on institutional principles and practices?
Another good job the writer did was drawing upon theoretical insights and historical experience to determine what policies and strategies work best as the United States attempts to lead in the struggles to create a new world order. . A major contribution to IR theory and to thinking about international order。
This book is also “ok” for it explains that only with the spread of democracy in the twentieth century and the innovative use of international institutions--both linked to the emergence of the United States as a world power--has order been created that goes beyond balance of power politics to exhibit "constitutional" characteristics. The open character of the American polity and a web of multilateral institutions allow the United States to exercise strategic restraint and establish stable relations among the industrial democracies despite rapid shifts and extreme disparities in power.
But, as we all know, everything with advantage has disadvantag, it is very clear that the writer prefers and think democracy is the best. Meaning that, he believe with democracy everything works well. If democracy works well for America, it does not mean It will work for other countries.
I think this book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the organization of world order, the role of institutions in world politics, and the lessons of past postwar settlements.
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