The Lost Equilibrium: International Relations in the Post-Soviet Era

By Bettie M. Smolansky; Oles M. Smolansky | Go to book overview

Preface

This volume has been produced to honor the distinguished career of our friend and colleague, Dr. Alvin Z. Rubinstein. Dr. Rubinstein, a leading scholar in the field of East-West relations, has been a pioneer in the analysis of the nature of influence relationships between and among nations. He has written extensively on influence and has encouraged others to do so by editing a prestigious series on the topic. since his career spans much of the cold war, it seemed fitting to focus this volume on its aftermath.

During his long tenure as a member of the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Rubinstein has mentored legions of students, firing their enthusiasm for the understanding of international affairs. He has also encouraged the careers of many junior scholars who did not study with him at Penn through his editorial activities and his work in a number of organizations devoted to the study of international relations. The contributors to this volume were chosen in part because of their various acknowledged intellectual debts to Dr. Rubinstein. They have written their analyses secure in the knowledge that he will respect even those arguments with which he might substantively disagree.

A few words about the practical background and logistics of the volume’s preparation also seem appropriate. First, the idea of creating a Festschrift to honor Dr. Rubinstein arose a few years ago, and the editors owe special thanks to Dr. George Ginsburgs of Rutgers University Law School for his excellent formative suggestions during the early stages of the project.

Second, it is important for readers to remember that when scholars write about current international affairs there is always the danger that their analyses will be overtaken by events. Thus, it should be kept in mind that the final drafts of the contributed chapters were completed during 1999, some earlier and some later in the year.

Finally, a few words about the division of labor between the co-editors seem in order. While they constructed the theme and

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