The fall and rise of religion in international relations : history and theory / Timothy Samuel Shah and Daniel Philpott -- Secularism and international relations theory / Elizabeth Shakman Hurd -- Another Great Awakening? International relations theory and religion / Michael Barnett -- Religion, rationality, and violence / Monica Duffy Toft -- Religion and international relations : no leap of faith required / Daniel H. Nexon -- In the service of state and nation : religion in East Asia / Il Hyun Cho and Peter J. Katzenstein -- Religion's contribution to international relations theory / Emily Cochran and Jack Snyder
A collection of essays on military defence strategy, which considers historical applications of the "domino theory", the psychological dynamics of the US-Soviet relationship vis-a-vis Eurasian boundaries. It also examines whether the USSR actually infers a lack of resolve from American retreats.
Abstract Amidst calls for containing an assertive Russia, politicians and pundits have been debating whether Ukraine should serve as a 'buffer zone' between the Russian and Western spheres of influence. These debates provide an opportunity to revisit the long and varied history of major powers' efforts to manage buffer zones. We draw on this history to learn the conditions under which buffer zones succeed or fail to stabilise regions, how buffers are most successfully managed, and when alternative arrangements for borderlands work better.