Jarrod Hayes (Former Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) discusses his first book Constructing National Security: US Relations with India and China (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
In this book, Jarrod Hayes explores why democracies tend not to use military force against each other. He argues that democratic identity the shared understanding within democracies of who we are and what we expect from each other makes it difficult for political leaders to construct external democracies as threats. At the same time, he finds that democratic identity enables political actors to construct external non-democracies as threats. To explore his argument, he looks at U.S. relations with two rising powers: India and China. Through his argument and case studies, Professor Hayes addresses not just the democratic peace but also the larger processes of threat construction in international security, the role of domestic institutions in international relations, and the possibility for conflict between the United States and the worlds two most populous countries.
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This book is available from Cambridge University Press, see http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/international-relations-and-international-organisations/constructing-national-security-us-relations-india-and-china