“Essentially an attempt to bridge the ideological divide between hard and soft power. Both, he suggests in this short, elegant collection of essays, are necessary in today’s messy world.” The New York Times
The Breaking of Nations
Order and Chaos in the Twenty-first Century
978-0-8021-4164-4 • $16.00 • Paperback • Dec. 2004
From “the foremost commentator on the strategic issues of our age” (The New Republic) comes an importantand already influentialargument that is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the world in which we now live
From “the foremost commentator on the strategic issues of our age” (The New Republic) comes The Breaking of Nations, Robert Cooper’s radical interpretation of the new international order that has emerged from the debris of communism’s collapse. Cooper shows that the greatest question facing postmodern states is how they should deal with a world in which missiles and terrorists ignore borders and where Cold War alliances no longer guarantee security. He argues that when dealing with a hostile outside enemy, civilized countries need to revert to tougher methods from an earlier eraforce, preemptive attack, deceptionif we are to safeguard peaceful coexistence throughout the civilized world.
The Breaking of Nations is essential reading for a dangerous age, a cautionary tale for superpowers, and a prescient examination of international relations in the twenty-first century.