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Response from Anatol Lieven
Response from Anatol Lieven

Author(s): Anatol Lieven
Subject(s): Politics, Energy and Environmental Studies, Environmental and Energy policy, Nationalism Studies
Published by: SAGE Publications Ltd
Keywords: nationalism; climate change; Realism;

Summary/Abstract: I must thank the authors for their most interesting responses to my book, and their contributions to the debate on climate change – which, as we all agree, is by far the greatest threat now facing humanity. Hans Morgenthau stated that the main guiding intellectual principle of Realism is ‘interest defined in terms of power’. As a Realist, I would say that the overriding long term vital interest of all major states is the need to limit climate change; and the overriding need is to mobilize the power necessary to achieve this. I regard nationalism as a potentially useful tool in this regard, though by no means the only one. Pace Dr Braun, I do not regard it as a ‘doctrine’. As a follower of Edmund Burke, one thing I try very hard not to be is doctrinaire.

  • Issue Year: 29/2021
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 219-223
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English