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:
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
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
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