The Rise and Decline of the Post-Cold War International Order

ISBN : 9780198828945

Hanns W. Maull
384 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Nov 2018
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This books surveys the evolution of the international order in the quarter century since the end of the Cold War through the prism of developments in key regional and functional parts of the 'liberal international order 2.0' (LIO 2.0) and the roles played by two key ordering powers, the United States and the People's Republic of China. Among the partial orders analysed in the individual chapters are the regions of Europe, the Middle East and East Asia and the international regimes dealing with international trade, climate change, nuclear weapons, cyber space, and international public health emergencies, such as SARS and ZIKA. To assess developments in these various segments of the LIO 2.0, and to relate them to developments in the two other crucial levels of political order, order within nation-states, and at the global level, the volume develops a comprehensive, integrated framework of analysis that allows systematic comparison of developments across boundaries between segments and different levels of the international order. Using this framework, the book presents a holistic assessment of the trajectory of the international order over the last decades, the rise, decline, and demise of the LIO 2.0, and causes of the dangerous erosion of international order over the last decade.


Hanns W. Maull: Introduction: The International Order: A Framework for Analysis
Part One: Functional Partial Orders (International Regimes)
1 Bernard Hoekman: The International Trade Order: Performance and Challenges
2 Joyeeta Gupta: Climate Change and the Future of International Order
3 Iris Hunger: Coping with Public Health Emergencies of International Concern
4 William Walker: The International Nuclear Order After the Cold War: Enduring Strengths, Recent Setbacks, Persistent Challenges
5 Myriam Dunn Cavelty: Aligning State and Non-State Actors' Security Needs for Order in Cyberspace
Part Two: Regional Orders
6 Wolfgang Richter: The European Peace and Security Order at Risk
7 Volker Perthes and Hanns W. Maull: The Middle Eastern Regional Order
8 Charles E. Morrison: East Asia's Evolving Regional Order and its Global Implications
9 Chaesung Chun: Regional Order in East Asia
Part Three: 'Ordering Powers'
10 Daniel Deudney: Hegemonic Disarray - American Internationalisms and World Disorder
11 Marco Overhaus: The United States and Regional Security Orders in the Middle East, East Asia, and Europe
12 Zhongying Pang: China and the Struggle Over the Future of International Order
13 Daniel Krahl: The Paris Agreement - China's Kind of (International) Order?
Hanns W. Maull: Conclusions: The Rise and Decline of the Liberal International Order

About the author: 

Hanns W. Maull is Senior Distinguished Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin, Senior Policy Fellow for China's Global Role, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Berlin and Adjunct Professor of International Relations, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe, Bologna. He served on the academic advisory boards of Germany's two most important foreign policy think tanks, the German Institute for International Security (as Chairman of the board, 2004 - 2012) and the German Council on Foreign Relations. Hanns W. Maull has authored, co-authored and edited more than four dozen books and contributed widely to academic journals in German, English, French, Italian and Japanese, including Foreign Affairs, International Affairs, Politique Etrangere, Europa Archiv, and Chuo Koron.

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