Students love good stories. That is why case studies are such a powerful way to engage students while teaching them about concepts fundamental to the study of international relations. Cases in International Relations helps students understand the context of headline events in the international arena. Organized into three main parts—military, economic, and human security—the book's fifteen cases examine enduring and emerging issues from the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict to the rapidly changing field of cyber-security. Compatible with a variety of theoretical perspectives, the cases consider a dispute's origins, issue development, and resolution so that readers see the underlying dynamics of state behavior and can try their hand at applying theory.
Chapter 2: Power Management in the South China Sea
Power Management in the South China Sea
For the first two decades of the Cold War, Europe was the center stage of world politics, with the United States and Soviet Union as the lead actors. It was here that these two superpowers learned how to compete safely against the backdrop of the ever-present possibility of a nuclear confrontation. Nothing captured the simultaneous presence of superpower conflict and cooperation in those early efforts at power management more than did a series of crises over Berlin, beginning with the Berlin airlift in 1948 and culminating in the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961. Today we are witnessing what many regard as a new and vital experiment in power management that ...