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This best-selling casebook challenges students to use international relations theory to understand the most current and pressing issues facing the world. Designed to complement the main themes of any introductory course, this text presents 16 original case studies that survey the state of the international system and look in-depth at issues of current interest. Cases in International Relations offers more than a collection of journal articles; it provides a coherent and accessible approach that encourages students to put international relations concepts to practical use.
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“Snow powerfully connects historical backgrounds, theoretical approaches, and discussions of current issues in international politics, helping instructors develop engaging and challenging classes that help students understand current issues and how they relate to the field of international relations and the world around them.”–Pedro dos Santos, University of Kansas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205723782
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 3/13/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald M. Snow is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He is the author of numerous books and articles on national security, international conflict, and American foreign policy.
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Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Part I Enduring Dynamics 1

Chapter 1 Democratic Peace: Popular Terror and Unfriendly Democracies 3

Precis 3

The Democratic Peace Idea 5

The Challenges: Hamas and Others 13

Conclusion 17

Study/Discussion Questions 18

Reading/Research Material 19

Web Sites 20

Chapter 2 Sovereignty and Intervention: The Legality and Impact of Invading Iraq 21

Precis 21

The Concept of Sovereignty 23

The Assault on Sovereignty Outside the UN: The Iraq Precedent 29

Conclusion 36

Study/Discussion Questions 36

Reading/Research Material 37

Web Sites 38

Chapter 3 War Crimes: International Law and the Problem of Torture 39

Precis 39

Background of the Problem 41

Evolution of the Problem 44

Bosnia and Rwanda: The Problem Revived 46

The Bosnia "Ethnic Cleansing" 47

Proposals for a Permanent War Crimes Tribunal 50

Conclusion 55

Study/Discussion Questions 56

Reading/Research Material 57

Web Sites 57

Chapter 4 Irresolvable Conflicts: The Israeli-Palestinian Impasse 58

Precis 58

Irresolvable Conflicts 59

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 61

Israeli Independence, War, and Displacement 63

The Current Impasse 73

Conclusion 75

Study/Discussion Questions 77

Reading/Research Material 77

Web Sites 78

Part II National and International Security 79

Chapter 5 Future War: From Symmetrical to Asymmetrical Conflict 81

Precis 81

Planning Twentieth-Century Style: Anticipating World War II 84

Planning Twenty-First-Century Style: Anticipating Future Wars 89

Conflict Environment 89

Conclusion 96

Study/Discussion Questions 97

Reading/Research Material 97

Web Sites 98

Chapter 6 Peacekeeping:The Case of Darfur 100

Precis 100

Peacekeeping in Theory and Practice 102

Peacekeeping in Darfur 112

Conclusion 117

Study/Discussion Questions 118

Reading/Research Material 119

Web Sites 119

Chapter 7 Proliferation: North Korea and the Future 120

Precis 120

The Proliferation Problem 121

The Proliferation Problem Applied: Iran, Iraq, and North Korea 130

Conclusion 135

Study/Discussion Questions 136

Reading/Research Material 137

Web Sites 137

Chapter 8 Pivotal States: Confronting and Accommodating Iran 138

Precis 138

Iran: A Pivotal State 140

Dealing with Iran 149

Conclusion 155

Study/Discussion Questions 155

Reading/Research Material 156

Web Sites 157

Part III International Political Economy 159

Chapter 9 Free Trade: From ITO to WTO and Beyond 161

Precis 161

Institutionalizing Trade 164

Is Institutionalized Free Trade a Good Idea? 169

Conclusion 174

Study/Discussion Questions 175

Reading/Research Material 176

Web Sites 177

Chapter 10 Rising Powers: China as Friend, Enemy, or Frenemy 178

Precis 178

The Setting: From Humiliation, Chaos, and Poverty to Modernization 180

Economic Growth, But Questions 182

The "Fourth Modernization:" Military Enhancement 184

Noncoercive Influence: The Beijing Olympics 188

Policy Alternatives: Containment or Engagement? 189

Conclusion 191

Study/Discussion Questions 192

Reading/Research Material 192

Web Sites 194

Chapter 11 Economic Globalization: India and Venezuela 195

Precis 195

The Bases of Globalization 198

The Globalization Debate: India versus Venezuela 202

Conclusion 210

Study/Discussion Questions 212

Reading/Research Material 212

Web Sites 213

Chapter 12 Regional Integration: the European Union Faces the Future 214

Precis 214

The Regional Integration Process 216

The European Union Experience 220

Conclusion 229

Study/Discussion Questions 230

Reading/Research Material 231

Web Sites 231

Part IV Human Security 233

Chapter 13 Global Warming: Facing the Problem, Kyoto and Beyond 235

Precis 235

The Road to Kyoto-and Beyond? 237

Warm and Getting Warmer: But How Much? 243

Conclusion 247

Study/Discussion Questions 249

Reading/Research Material 250

Web Sites 251

Chapter 14 Resource Scarcity: Oil, the Lubricant That Corrodes 252

Precis 252

The Problem of Petroleum Scarcity 256

Petroleum Scarcity and Conflict 263

Conclusion 270

Study/Discussion Questions 270

Reading/Research Material 271

Web Sites 272

Chapter 15 International Disasters: African AIDS-Worse Than the Bubonic Plague 273

Precis 273

The Pandemic as a Transstate Issue 275

Dimensions of the Problem 277

International Solutions 283

Conclusion 286

Study/Discussion Questions 287

Reading/Research Material 288

Web Sites 289

Chapter 16 Terrorism: Whence the War on Terror 290

Precis 290

What is Terrorism? 292

Evolving Terrorism since September 11 299

Dealing with Terrorism: The GWOT 301

Conclusion: Whence the Threat 306

Study/Discussion Questions 307

Reading/Research Material 308

Web Sites 309

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