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From war, trade, and development to terrorism, human rights, and the environment, this introductory survey examines the relations between states, the international system, and transnational actors and influences. With the broadest discussion of theoretical perspectives, the most up-to-date coverage of international events, and the strongest emphasis on critical thinking, International Relations includes all the tools students need to engage the discipline’s concepts and to understand what is happening in the world today.
New to the Eighth Edition
The text has been thoroughly updated with the most current coverage and analysis of world affairs, including the sectarian civil war in Iraq, the world trade talks, public health campaigns in Africa, elections in Democratic Congo, China's global rise, Iran's confrontation with the U.N. Security Council over nuclear weapons, and the election of women leaders in Liberia, Chile, and Germany.
• Deeper coverage of globalization and transnational issues addresses the increasing number of personal connections that international relations brings into daily life as well as the importance of nongovernmental actors and transnational processes.
• Text-wide discussion of three core principles–dominance, reciprocity, and identity–offers students a new way to follow several of the most central concepts in the discipline and to grapple withthe collective goods problem, the recurring challenge in international relations.
• “The Big Picture” boxed feature and podcasts identify the essential lesson in each chapter, focusing student’s learning. Podcasts by the text’s authors expand on the issue and show how it plays out in a recent case study. The podcast is available on the text’s companion website and MyPoliSciKit.
Find a collection of valuable resources on the text’s open-access companion website.
|To the Student|
|A Note on Nomenclature|
|Pt. 1||International Security||1|
|Ch. 1||Understanding International Relations||3|
|Ch. 2||Power Politics||51|
|Ch. 3||Alternatives to Power Politics||95|
|Ch. 4||Foreign Policy||137|
|Ch. 5||International Conflict||179|
|Ch. 6||Military Force||223|
|Ch. 7||International Organization and Law||265|
|Pt. 2||International Political Economy||309|
|Ch. 9||Money and Business||351|
|Ch. 11||The Environment||425|
|Ch. 12||The North-South Gap||465|
|Ch. 13||International Development||509|
|Ch. 14||Postscript: IR in 2046 A.D.||555|