INAUSPICIOUS BEGINNINGS: Principal Powers and International Security Institutions after the Cold War, 1989-1999

By Tucker, Mj; Levesque, Jacques et al. | International Journal, Autumn 2005 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

INAUSPICIOUS BEGINNINGS: Principal Powers and International Security Institutions after the Cold War, 1989-1999


Tucker, Mj, Levesque, Jacques, Beylerian, Onnig, International Journal


INAUSPICIOUS BEGINNINGS Principal Powers and International security Institutions after the Cold War, 19S9-1999 Edited by Onnig Beylerian and Jacques Lévesque Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004. xii, 314pp, $75.00 cloth (ISBN 0-7735-2625-0), $29.95 paper (ISBN 0-7735-2626-9)

As was the case at the end of the two world wars, hopes were almost universally high by 1990 that a new world order would emerge out of the ashes of the last great military confrontation of the 2oth century-the Cold War. The dominant feature of international relations between 1945 and 1990, this war was at root an ideological confrontation between two markedly different socioeconomic systems. But people feared the Cold War's military stalemate most, underwritten as it was by the threat of nuclear war.

No single event marked the end of the Cold War. It was a process, beginning with a rapprochement between the Cold War's chief protagonists, Russia and America, in the mid-1980s. The superpower overtures on nuclear disarmament that marked this détente were swiftly followed by the "fall" of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the subsequent dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and, ultimately, the implosion of the Soviet Union itself. Thus, by 1990, people came to believe that Cold War swords could be beaten into post-Cold War ploughshares and that, with the apparent victory of the west over communism, the putative benefits of liberal democracy and free-enterprise capitalism could be spread worldwide. Indeed, freed from the political fetters of the Cold War, victors and vanquished alike could now work together to strengthen international security institutions, as they were supposed to have done at war's end in 1945. People believed that the litmus test of great power collaboration came in January 1991, when former Cold War adversaries worked together through the United Nations security council and helped forge a coalition victory over Iraq for its transgressions against neighbouring Kuwait.

All this, of course, is history. Nevertheless, it is this brief moment in time that provides the essential context for Inauspicious Beginnings. This is an important volume, not just for its erudition and its almost unique treatment of the institutional behaviour of a motley crew of post-Cold War "principal powers," but also because of the ways in which it sheds light on the "inauspicious beginnings" of the new world order that seemed to be emerging at this time. Inauspicious Beginnings does not fully capture the euphoria that ushered in the 19903; nor does it project a real sense of the tragic consequences of the failure of a better world order to materialize.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

INAUSPICIOUS BEGINNINGS: Principal Powers and International Security Institutions after the Cold War, 1989-1999
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?