This book is the outcome of a collaborative project between the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford and the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. It has brought together participants from three continents in a fruitful effort that has lasted many months. We are grateful to all our authors for their dedication to this project over a period which saw a number of significant developments in their respective areas of expertise, as well as a change in US administration. We offer our warm thanks for their willingness both to stick with the project and to respond to calls to revise and update chapters.
The first stage of this enterprise comprised a workshop at Dartmouth where outline papers were discussed. The next stage involved a conference at Oxford where full papers were presented and debated with the valuable aid of the following discussants: Amitav Acharya, James Mayall, Kalypso Nicolaidis, Stewart Patrick, Adam Roberts, Monica Serrano, and Andrew Walter. These additional participants made a major intellectual contribution to the project and we record our thanks to them.
We are particularly grateful for the administrative and editorial assistance that has been given to us from staff at Dartmouth as well as at Oxford. Special thanks go to Donna Chung for her help with preparing the papers for publication. We are grateful too to Dominic Byatt, Senior Editor at Oxford University Press, for his unstinting encouragement and for commissioning external reviews of the project. And we thank Dr Michael James for his calm and efficient work as copy-editor for the Press.
Financial support for this undertaking has been given by the Dickey Center and by the Norwegian and Swedish foreign ministries who have generously contributed to the Research Programme of the Centre for International Studies. We could not have drawn upon such a wide range of perspectives and specialist argument without those vital sources of funding.
S. Neil MacFarlane
Oxford, June 2002