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Over the Horizon: Time, Uncertainty, and the Rise of Great Powers

David M. Edelstein


This book examines how existing great powers in international relations respond to the rise or resurgence of other great powers. More specifically, it seeks to account for why existing powers often cooperate with rising powers despite the long-term threat that they potentially pose. To account for this behavior, the theory presented in the book focuses on the time horizons of political leaders . Leaders are unlikely to adopt competitive and costly strategies in the face of uncertainty about a rising power’s long-term intentions. Instead, they profit from cooperation in the short-term while the ... More

Keywords: international relations, security studies, great powers, time horizons, uncertainty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501707568
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501707568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Edelstein, author
Georgetown University