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International Relations: The Basics

1st Edition

By Peter Sutch, Juanita Elias


214 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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International Relations is a concise and accessible introduction for students new to international relations and for the general reader. It offers the most up-to-date guide to the major issues and areas of debate and:

  • explains key issues including humanitarian intervention and economic justice
  • features illustrative and familiar case studies from around the world
  • examines topical debates on globalization and terrorism
  • provides an overview of the discipline to situate the new reader at the heart of the study of global politics

Covering all the basics and more, this is the ideal book for anyone who wants to understand contemporary international relations.


Here’s a student’s trusted companion for the introductory course. IR: The Basics lays out in accessible and inviting fashion key concepts, methods, values and choices that face each newcomer to this vital field of enquiry. – Jan Aart Scholte, University of Warwick, UK

The authors of this book have adeptly infused empirical evidence with conceptual clarity. It is subtly perceptive in its judgments, and provides an invaluable introduction to the understanding of international relations. David Boucher, Professor of Political Theory, Cardiff University, and Adjunct Professor of International Relations, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Conflict, Competition and Compromise: Basic Elements of International Relations 1. Anarchy and the Origin of IR 2. Thinking about Self-Interest 3. Mitigating Anarchy: Building World Politics 4. Thinking about World Politics 5. Criticizing World Politics. Review and Conclusions to Part 1 Part 2: Globalization and Interdependence: Shared Problems Need Shared Solutions 6. The Progress of World Politics 7. Thinking about Globalization 8. Threats to Interdependence. Review and Conclusions to Part 2

About the Authors

Peter Sutch is currently head of the Politics Department and Senior Lecturer in Political Thought and International Relations at Cardiff University. His current research is on international law and international justice.

Juanita Elias is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Her research interests include gender perspectives in international political economy, the politics of corporate social responsibility and the political economy of Malaysia and South East Asia.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General