Fear and Uncertainty in Europe

The Return to Realism?

  • Roberto Belloni
  • Vincent Della Sala
  • Paul Viotti

Part of the Global Issues book series (GLOISS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Roberto Belloni, Vincent Della Sala
    Pages 1-10
  3. Context

  4. EU Member States

  5. Non-EU States

  6. Multilateral Actors and Issues

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-292

About this book


Russia’s intervention in the Ukraine, Donald Trump’s presidency and instability in the Middle East are just a few of the factors that have brought an end to the immediate post-Cold War belief that a new international order was emerging: one where fear and uncertainty gave way to a thick normative and institutional architecture that diminished the importance of material power. This has raised questions about the instruments we use to understand order in Europe and in international relations. The chapters in this book aim to assess whether foreign policy actors in Europe understand the international system and behave as realists. They ask what drives their behaviour, how they construct material capabilities and to what extent they see material power as the means to ensure survival. They contribute to a critical assessment of realism as a way to understand both Europe’s current predicament and the contemporary international system.

Roberto Belloni is professor of political science at the University of Trento, Italy.

Vincent Della Sala is associate professor of political science at the University of Trento, Italy.

Paul Viotti is professor at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies and Executive Director of the Institute on Globalization and Security, USA.


Fear Uncertainty Europe Realism normative and institutional architecture post-Cold War Nationalism Internationalism Russia Russian nationalism Brexit America-first multilateralism geopolitics liberal institutions Foreign policy defense policy counterterrorism NATO Neocolonialism

Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto Belloni
    • 1
  • Vincent Della Sala
    • 2
  • Paul Viotti
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly
  3. 3.Josef Korbel School of International StudiesUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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