This collection of essays originated from a seminar series held at the University of Oxford in the autumn of 2000. Originally, we did not envisage publishing the papers that were to be presented. However, the high quality of the presentations and the level of interest sustained in the series over the course of the term convinced us that the essays deserved to reach a wider audience.
We decided to commission two additional chapters, and held a workshop in May 2001 to strengthen the cohesion of the book and to re-examine its central themes. We also invited four discussants—Kalypso Nicolaidis, Jennifer Welsh, Laurence Whitehead, and Marc Williams—to comment both on individual papers and on the project as a whole. Their advice has proved invaluable and we would like to thank them for their important input into this collection. We are grateful, too, that one among them—Kalypso Nicolaidis—subsequently agreed to become a co-author of one of the specially commissioned chapters.
We have also benefited enormously from the assistance of Vivien Collingwood, a doctoral student at Nuffield College, who has done far more than was initially asked of her in helping to prepare these papers for publication. Her intellectual and practical contributions have proved vital in bringing this project to completion. Dominic Byatt of Oxford University Press has been very supportive of the project throughout and Michael James has proved to be a most efficient copy-editor. Dominic was instrumental in obtaining a number of serious, anonymous, reviews of the collection which have helped to sharpen the arguments that are presented here. We thank those colleagues in other academic institutions who agreed to take on this important and time-consuming task.
Funding for the various stages of this project has come from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry which has made a generous financial contribution to the Research Programme of the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford. We would like to thank the Norwegian government, the Programme Committee, and its Director for their support.
Oxford, March 2002