By Walter C. Clemens Jr.

Applies complexity technology to the research of foreign politics.

Why did a few international locations transition peacefully from communist rule to political freedom and industry economies, whereas others didn't? Why did the us take pleasure in a quick second because the sole ultimate superpower, after which lose energy and impression around the board? What are the customers for China, the most challenger to American hegemony? In Complexity technological know-how and global Affairs, Walter C. Clemens Jr. demonstrates how the elemental thoughts of complexity technological know-how can expand and deepen the insights received through different techniques to the learn of worldwide affairs. He argues that societal fitness--the skill of a social method to deal with complicated demanding situations and opportunities--hinges seriously at the values and lifestyle of every society, and serves to give an explanation for why a few societies achieve and others lose. making use of thought to numerous wealthy case experiences, together with political advancements throughout post-Soviet Eurasia and the U.S., Clemens exhibits that complexity technological know-how bargains a strong set of instruments for advancing the examine of diplomacy, comparative govt, and, extra widely, the social sciences.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Stuart A. Kauffman

To the Reader


1. Why a technological know-how of Complexity?

2. easy techniques of Complexity Science

three. a vital try out Case: Why the Baltic isn't the Balkans

four. tradition and the ability to deal with Complexity

five. Complexity technology as a device to appreciate the recent Eurasia

6. How Complexity suggestions clarify earlier and current Fitness

7. Hyperpower Challenged: customers for Americans

eight. What destiny for the yank Dream?

nine. Why Is South Korea now not North Korea?

10. towards a brand new Paradigm for international Studies

eleven. demanding situations to Complexity Science

Afterword: technological know-how and artwork during this ebook: Exploring the Genome Together
Daniel Kohn


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Realists say that material power, especially when wielded by states, is king. Idealists trust intangibles—the soft power of ideas, argument, and example (though neo-Kantian Woodrow Wilson also called for a war to end war). Many idealists disdain states and expect broader, transnational forms of unity to prevail. Complexity science accepts that IR, like all of life, contains both tangible and intangible elements that condition one another. Pursuit of power without vision is fatuous. But so is the quest for ideals without regard for material capacity.

How and where to strike the appropriate balance? The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under President Barack Obama backed high efficiency standards for motor vehicles but postponed rules to cut ozone emissions (Sunstein 2013). Did the office regulate too much or too little? Its decisions reflected a complex of interacting economic, environmental, and—in the end—political concerns. The May-Widmer stability theorem holds that greater complexity in ecosystems, with more species and interactions among them, increases their vulnerability to external shocks.

Another blow, still more threads emerge and scatter. Would-be philosophers may say things had to be thus and thus. But they never learned to weave. Trying to describe a living thing, some analysts begin by driving the spirit from its parts. They may hold all the pieces in one hand. They lack nothing except the essential connections (Faust I, 1920–41). Even history is an illusion. Our attempts to capture the spirit of an earlier time become no more than mirrors of our own temperament. As Faust warned a student, the few who see and describe things as they are “have at all times been burned and crucified” (Faust I, 570–93).

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