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2nd Edition

Issues In International Relations

ISBN 9780415431279
Published July 31, 2008 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Students come to study International Relations at university driven by a variety of motives and active concern to study great contemporary issues, such as the causes and persistence of war, threats of nuclear proliferation and terrorism, the persistence of global poverty amid globalization’s riches and longer term threats to sustainable development.

Building on the success of the first edition, Issues in International Relations 2ed provides students with a clear, but stimulating, introduction to the most significant issues within international relations in the 21st Century. Written by experienced teachers in a jargon-free way, it assumes no prior knowledge of the subject, and allows students approaching International Relations for the first time to gain confidence in what is an often complicated and confusing discipline.

Completely revised throughout with the addition of ten new chapters, this textbook;

  • introduces key conceptual issues, including theories of international relations, power, sovereignty and globalisation
  • considers contemporary global problems such as: force and security; law and military intervention; terrorism; the environment; religion
  • explains the relationship between global politics and economics with chapters on international organisations, international political economy and development
  • provides students with boxed 'revision-style' notes and case studies throughout the text and a guide to further reading and websites at the end of each chapter.

This book is ideal reading for students on introductory international relations courses.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Trevor C. Salmon  2. Relections on International Relations Vivienne Jabri  3. On Sovereignty Gabriella Slomp  4. Nations and States Archie Simpson  5. Power Roger Carey  6. Force and Security Jim Wyllie  7. Law and Intervention Steven Haines  8. Terrorism David Brown  9. International Regimes and Organisations David Galbreath  10. Globalisation and Development Ben Thirkell-Wight  11. The Environment Antje Brown and Gabriela Kütting  12. Governing the Global Commons  Mark F. Imber  13. Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Norrie MacQueen  14. Gender and other ‘Others’ Alison Watson  15. Religion and International Relations John Anderson  16. Political Islam Andrea Teti  17. Conclusions Mark F. Imber

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Trevor C. Salmon is Professor of International Relations at the University of Aberdeen and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the College of Arts and Social Sciences. He has been an academic since 1973, and has worked in Limerick University, St Andrews University, and the College of Europe. 

Mark F. Imber is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, UK.