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The Ethnic Conflict Research Digest

1998, Vol. 1 No. 1 .


Security Issues in the Post-Cold War World
Edited by M Jane Davis.

(Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1996).
256pp. Index. Bibl. 45.00;
ISBN 1-85898-334-7.


The new 'world order' of the 1990s, created by the end of superpower rivalry in the Cold War, has presented the academic discipline of international relations (IR.) with a multitude of challenges. With the collapse of the bipolar structure of the international system scholars have begun to turn their attention away from great power diplomacy and towards other pressing issues on the global agenda such as: cultural conflict, the environment and collective security. Security Issues in the Post-Cold War World, a well-organised and stimulating collection of essays on a wide range of global topics, provides a useful yard-stick for measuring the progress of IR. theorists in adapting to the challenges posed by the post-Cold War world. Without exception, the authors of these essays succeed admirably in their efforts to convey to the reader the many disparate security problems facing the international community at the close of the twentieth century. In particular, the grave issue of ethnic conflict, a visible feature of the post-Cold War world, is analysed perceptively by several of the contributors. The book, which is testimony to the growing strength of IR. as a discipline at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, should find a wide audience among students and scholars of international politics.


Ian Jackson, University of Ulster



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