In September 2003 Pierre Hassner, Director of Research at CERI (Centre d'études et de recherches internationales, Fondation nationale des sciences politiques), published the second volume of his Violence and Peace (La Violence et la paix), entitled La Terreur et l'empire (Paris: Seuil, 2003). The first volume, From the Atomic Bomb to Ethnic Cleansing (De la bombe atomique au nettoyage ethnique, Paris: Seuil, 2000), covered the collapse of the bipolar world order after the end of the Cold War; much of the second volume is devoted to an analysis of the upheavals since 11 September 2001, as well as to texts and articles written in recent decades.
The eminent French specialist in international relations first examines the changes currently taking place on the world stage and the thinking of the various actors involved (states, international institutions, transnational organizations, etc.). He then goes on to offer a range of extremely interesting theoretical insights based on ideas developed by the most famous observers of international relations, from Kant to Francis Fukuyama, by way of such people as Hegel, Samuel Huntington and Henry Kissinger.
Alain Lamballe has produced a detailed review for Futuribles in which everyone, whether or not they are familiar with the issues of international relations, will find food for thought about what is happening in the world today.