Dynamics of International Relations: Conflict and Mutual Gain in an Era of Global Interdependence 2E/World Bank Atlas: The World Bank / Edition 2

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Overview

What has changed in international relations after 9/11 and what remains much as before? The second edition of Dynamics of International Relations remains grounded in theory and history—three basic perspectives on international relations are tested against recurrent cases of conflict and cooperation issues in world affairs. It uses this framework to put in perspective the confrontation between two new actors on the world scene, the George W. Bush administration and the al-Qaeda network of 'sama bin Laden, each determined to destroy the other in a global struggle. Student-friendly and professor-endorsed, Dynamics of International Relations is an innovative, introductory level core text. It compares realist and idealist theories and the paradigm of interdependence against case studies of recurrent problems—why wage war, how to make peace, how to transcend conflict, when and where to mediate, how to increase GDP but also quality of life, and how to organize for peace and promote human rights. Calling upon students to look at the world through policymakers' lenses, Dynamics of International Relations asks whether actors are better advised to seek unilateral or mutual gain. Since "win-win" is not guaranteed, Clemens shows students how coalition building and compromise may be the most productive path in negotiating everything from environmental safeguards to the war on terrorism. Along the way, the author provides detailed case studies, broad empirical surveys, and role-playing simulations to develop a first-hand grasp of the dangers and opportunities inherent in interdependence. Click here for a printable (PDF) flyer of Dynamics of International Relations.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of International Relations and Development
The author awakes the reader's motivation to examine the practical and applicability of theory, especially by presenting issues in the international community affecting each individual. What emerges throughout the whole book and definitely constitutes its value-added, is the author's imperceptible aim to mobilize the reader's responsible thinking about the world as an interdependent community.
Journal of International Relations and Development
The author awakes the reader's motivation to examine the practical and applicability of theory, especially by presenting issues in the international community affecting each individual. What emerges throughout the whole book and definitely constitutes its value-added, is the author's imperceptible aim to mobilize the reader's responsible thinking about the world as an interdependent community.
Michael W. Doyle
This text is original, lively, and engaging. Students should benefit from adopting the policy frame of mind that each of the chapters develops.
J. Ann Tickner
Dynamics of International Relations is a text that is sure to engage introductory students of international relations. It presents the major approaches and concepts of the discipline in an accessible way by integrating them with real world events grounded in a historical perspective. I particularly like the problem-solving approach, which engages students in solving policy issues through the presentation of different courses of action from mutual gain to power politics. It also offers coverage of some of the new issues in international politics such as nationalism, ethnic wars, human rights, gender, and development, issues which are frequently omitted in the discipline of international relations.
Ephraim Kahana
One of the best books that I have ever read, suitable for beginners in Introduction to International Relations and advanced courses as well. The ample simulation role-playing exercises are excellent. Even foreign students for whom English is not their native language can easily comprehend this book.
Alvin Z. Rubinstein
Superb—well structured, clearly written, lively, and analytical.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Dynamics of International Relations is a major work. It contains and distills much of the current discussions regarding international affairs, and students will find it of great help in organizing their thoughts.
J David Singer
I have seen scores of texts, and many of them suffer from lack of focus, excessive but not articulated normative commitments, and inadequate research into the relevant literature. The Clemens text has a consistent theoretical and ethical perspective explicitly stated, the thoroughness of his research is impressive, and the whole thing is beautifully written. Even the sidebars are useful.
Maria Guadalupe Rodrigues
The coverage of ecopolitics is outstanding in its capacity to provide a thorough, objective, and thoughtful overview of the challenges of global environmental management as they are experienced by both developed and developing nations.
Richard Frese
The role-playing exercise that allows the reader to play the role of advisor to principal international relations actors adds a refreshing new dimension to the topical coverage and organization. Case studies of major events help the reader understand how rapid changes unleashed in the post-WW II period pose an enormous challenge to scholars and policymakers alike. . . . Includes excellent source notes that facilitate the book's accessibility.
William H. Baugh
Reads quickly, smoothly, and absorbingly, and should be readily accessible to students . . . In a field with a plethora of introductory IR texts, this one is distinguished by its clear focus on fashioning workable compromises between realism and idealism in the post-Cold War environment; deep historical roots; and wide-ranging, relevant, and well-researched cases.
William H Baugh
Reads quickly, smoothly, and absorbingly, and should be readily accessible to students . . . In a field with a plethora of introductory IR texts, this one is distinguished by its clear focus on fashioning workable compromises between realism and idealism in the post-Cold War environment; deep historical roots; and wide-ranging, relevant, and well-researched cases.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742530119
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 829,730
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter C. Clemens, Jr. is professor of political science at Boston University and an associate at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books, including America and the World, The Baltic Transformed, Can Russia Change?, Superpowers and Arms Control, World Perspectives on International Politics, and Toward a Strategy of Peace.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 I Hard Realties, High Ideals, and Global Interdependence Chapter 2 Is IR "Winner-Take-All"? Can It Be Mutual Gain? Chapter 3 How to Win at Peace: Creating New World Orders Chapter 4 Foreign Policy Decision Making: Do Individuals Count? Chapter 5 Why Wage War? Does It Pay to Fight? Chapter 6 Power and Influence: What Wins? Part 7 II From Anarchy, Order? Chapter 8 Arms and Arms Control: Can Swords Become Plowshares? Chapter 9 Negotiating Conflict: How Can Foes Become Partners? Chapter 10 What Unites and Divides Humanity? Nationalism and Faith Chapter 11 Intervention and Mediation: HowCan Outsiders Help? Part 12 III International Political Economy Chapter 13 Democracy and Authoritarianism: What Impact on International Peace and Prosperity? Chapter 14 The Wealth of Nations: Top Down or Bottom Up? Chapter 15 Challenges of Development: South Meets North Part 16 IV Building a Better World Chapter 17 Ecopolitics: The Health of Nations Chapter 18 Organizing for Mutual Gain: The United Nations, Europe, and Nonstate Actors Chapter 19 International Law and Human Rights: Sham or Revolution? Chapter 20 Alternative Futures: Lessons from the Past

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