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IR Working Paper 1992/2
James L. Richardson, ‘Questions about a Post-Cold War International Order’, IR Working Paper 1992/2, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, April 1992.
This paper attempts three tasks. The first is to survey the current state of thinking on the nature of the post-Cold War international order, under six headings: the security debate; critiques; agendas; forces for change; norms and institutions; and neglected issues. The second is to pose some questions: concerning the concept of order, the criteria for assessing contributions to the debate, and concerning continuities, discontinuities, and the potential for statecraft. Finally, the paper points to some areas of consensus and suggests some tentative conclusions.