Mershon Fellow Argues the Stupidity of War in Newest Book
John Mueller, Mershon Center Senior Faculty Fellow, recently published his newest book "The Stupidity of War." In the book, Mueller argues with wisdom and wit rather than ideology and hyperbole that aversion to international war has had considerable consequences. There has seldom been significant danger of major war. Nuclear weapons, international institutions, and America’s role as a super power have been substantially irrelevant; post-Cold War policy has been animated more by vast proclamation and half-vast execution than by the appeals of liberal hegemony; and post-9/11 concerns about international terrorism and nuclear proliferation have been overwrought and often destructive. Meanwhile, threats from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, or from cyber technology are limited and manageable.
Unlikely to charm Washington, Mueller explains how, when international war is in decline, complacency and appeasement become viable diplomatic devices and a large military is scarcely required.
About the Author
|Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism (with Mark G. Stewart). New York: Oxford University Press, 2016; War, Presidents, and Public Opinion; Retreat From Doomsday: The Obsolescence of Major War; Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War; Astaire Dancing; Quiet Cataclysm: Reflections on the Recent Transformation of World Politics; Capitalism, Democracy, and Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery; The Remnants of War (awarded the Joseph Lepgold Prize for the best book on international relations in 2004); Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them; Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda; (with Mark Stewart) Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Costs, and Benefits of Homeland Security; (ed.)Terrorism since 9/11: The American Cases;War and Ideas: Selected Essays. He has published articles in such journals as American Political Science Review, International Security, American Journal of Political Science, Foreign Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Reason, National Interest, and New Republic, as well as op-ed pieces in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Playboy, and Los Angeles Times. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and has received the International Studies Association’s Susan Strange Award as well as several teaching awards.John Mueller is a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and Adjunct Professor of Political Science. Among his books are|