Understanding International Relations

Author: Chris Brown,Kirsten Ainley

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230248993

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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The fourth edition of this well-established and popular text has been fully updated to take account of developments in the field of International Relations and recent world events. The authors provide systematic coverage of the classical concerns of International Relations theory – power, national interest, foreign policy and war – alongside analysis of the impact of globalization on security, governance and the world economy. A central concern throughout is to show how the theories the authors outline and assess can help make sense of the puzzle of current world events, from the rise of Russia and China, the downturn in the world economy and the changing role of America to the challenges of identity politics and human rights. Clear and accessible, but also critical and penetrating, Understanding International Relations provides a uniquely readable and thought-provoking introduction to the theory and practice of international relations.

Understanding International Relations

Author: Chris Brown

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780333948491

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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This concise text introduces main theoretical approaches and applies them to the central questions of war and peace, poverty and wealth, economic management, and global governance confronting the world today. Clear and accessible, the second edition has been revised and updated throughout with increased coverage of globalization and of the emerging 21st-century world order.

Russia and the World

Understanding International Relations

Author: Natalia Tsvetkova

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498541852

Category: Political Science

Page: 430

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This book analyzes Russia and its effects on the international system in order to better understand Russia’s place in world politics. Contributions explore Russian foreign policy, the economy and statecraft, the Arctic, arms control, national security, the environment, soft power, and Russian relations with the United States, Europe, and Eurasia.

No Common Power

Understanding International Relations

Author: Robert J. Lieber

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780130115041

Category: Political Science

Page: 398

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No Common Power's focus on the intrinsic paradox of world politics provides the perfect forum for responding to the dramatic changes that have taken place in the international political system. The book is positioned at the intersection between the world of affairs and the world of ideas to provide an interesting, attention-grabbing approach designed to integrate recent events with key concepts and controversies at the foundation of the international system. The book focuses on conflict in the international system, watersheds in international relations, order and the “anarchical society” and anarchy, order, and constraint. For individuals interested in international relations and policy making.

World Politics on Screen

Understanding International Relations through Popular Culture

Author: Mark A. Sachleben

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813143128

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

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Increasingly resistant to lessons on international politics, society often turns to television and film to engage the subject. Numerous movies made in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries reflect political themes that were of concern within the popular cultures of their times. For example, Norman Jewison's The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) portrays the culture of suspicion between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, while several of Alfred Hitchcock's movies as well as the John Wayne film Big Jim McLain (1952) and John Milius's Red Dawn (1984) helped to raise and sustain skepticism about the Soviet Union. World Politics on Screen: Understanding International Relations through Popular Culture uses films and television shows like these as well as contemporary including 24, The Simpsons, South Park, and The Daily Show to guide readers to a deeper understanding of enduring issues in international politics. In this unique and insightful volume, author Mark Sachleben demonstrates that popular culture reflects societal beliefs about the world, and that the messages captured on television and film transcend time and place. Using films such as Secret Ballot (2001), Under the Bombs (2007), and Wall E (2008), he addresses topics such as international relations and diplomacy, the study of war, nuclear weapons, poverty, immigration and emigration, human rights, and genocide. An engaging read for students and for anyone with a general interest in politics and popular culture, World Politics on Screen succeeds in its argument by illuminating unexplored assumptions about international policy.

Explaining and Understanding International Relations

Author: Martin Hollis

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198275893

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 226

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Are the workings of the international world to be explained scientifically, or are they to be understood through their inward meaning? In Explaining and Understanding International Relations philosopher Martin Hollis and international relations scholar Steve Smith join forces to analyse the dominant theories of international relations and to examine the philosophical issues underlying them. The book has three parts. In the first the authors review the growth of the discipline since 1918, pose the 'level of analysis' problem of whether to account for a sytem in terms of its units or vice versa, and contrast the demand of scientific method with those of interpretative understanding. In the second they apply the contrast to four factors often cited in accounting for international behaviour - the international system, the state, bureaucracies, and decision-making individuals. Rival accounts of the games nations play are offered in readiness for the final part, where the authors propose a theoretical agenda, air their differences, and invite readers to take sides. By tackling deep theoretical issues with lucidity and verve this book will excite debate among theorists and students of international relations while also engaging thought about the philosophical character of the social sciences.

International Relations and the Arctic: Understanding Policy and Governance

Author: Robert W. Murray,Anita Dey Nuttall

Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 1604978767

Category: Political Science

Page: 742

View: 7122

Increased global interest in the Arctic poses challenges to contemporary international relations and many questions surround exactly why and how Arctic countries are asserting their influence and claims over their northern reaches and why and how non-Arctic states are turning their attention to the region. Despite the inescapable reality in the growth of interest in the Arctic, relatively little analysis on the international relations aspects of such interest has been done. Traditionally, international relations studies are focused on particular aspects of Arctic relations, but to date there has been no comprehensive effort to explain the region as a whole. Literature on Arctic politics is mostly dedicated to issues such as development, the environment and climate change, or indigenous populations. International relations, traditionally interested in national and international security, has been mostly silent in its engagement with Arctic politics. Essential concepts such as security, sovereignty, institutions, and norms are all key aspects of what is transpiring in the Arctic, and deserve to be explained in order to better comprehend exactly why the Arctic is of such interest. The sheer number of states and organizations currently involved in Arctic international relations make the region a prime case study for scholars, policymakers and interested observers. In this first systematic study of Arctic international relations, Robert W. Murray and Anita Dey Nuttall have brought together a group of the world's leading experts in Arctic affairs to demonstrate the multifaceted and essential nature of circumpolar politics. This book is core reading for political scientists, historians, anthropologists, geographers and any other observer interested in the politics of the Arctic region.

International Relations Theories

Author: Tim Dunne,Milja Kurki,Steve Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199696012

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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Drawing on a wealth of expertise from a global team of contributors, the third edition of International Relations Theories provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of all the major IR theories--including some of the more alternative understandings not found in other texts--and supports them with case study examples. Editors Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith have brought together a team of international contributors, each specializing in a different theory. The contributors explain the theoretical background to their positions before showing how and why their theories matter. The book opens up space for analysis and debate, allowing students to decide which theories they find most useful in explaining and understanding international relations. While some of the theories discussed are complex, the authors convey them in a clear and accessible manner, with the use of engaging pedagogical features, making this an ideal introduction to the field. NEW TO THIS EDITION * A new chapter on Critical Theory, authored by Steven Roach, which addresses this important theoretical orientation * Updated chapters and case studies that reflect new developments in world politics International Relations Theories, Third Edition, is accompanied by a Companion Website that provides additional resources for instructors--PowerPoint-based slides and figures and tables from the text--and students--web links, a flashcard glossary, and a revision guide.

Tragedy and International Relations

Author: Toni Erskine,Richard Ned Lebow

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230237525

Category: Philosophy

Page: 222

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Nowhere are clashes between competing ethical perspectives more prevalent than in the realm of International Relations. Thus, understanding tragedy is directly relevant to understanding IR. This volume explores the various ways that tragedy can be used as a lens through which international relations might be brought into clearer focus.

Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations

Author: Michael J. Hogan,Thomas G. Paterson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521540353

Category: History

Page: 366

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Revised and updated introduction to American diplomatic history.

International Relations in a Constructed World

Author: Vendulka Kubalkova

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317467426

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

View: 5768

Explores the application of constructivist theory to international relations. The text examines the relevance of constructivism for empirical research, focusing on some of the key issues of contemporary international politics: ethnic and national identity; gender; and political economy.

Introduction to International Relations

Theory and Practice

Author: Joyce P. Kaufman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538105381

Category: Political Science

Page: 302

View: 6495

How do we understand international relations in a globalized world? This clear and concise text takes as its starting point the theoretical frameworks that are the foundation of current IR. Joyce P. Kaufman explains and contextualizes the traditional theories, highlighting both their strengths and weaknesses. Her levels-of-analysis approach provides students with the basic tools for a more inclusive understanding of international politics by not forcing them to choose between competing theories. Instead, in a refreshing alternative to most of the current introductory-level texts, the book allows readers to view the globe as a complex place of multiple actors facing multiple issues. It concludes with cases of current events that will help students apply theories to real-world issues.

Understanding International Law

Author: Conway W. Henderson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444318258

Category: Law

Page: 488

View: 8324

Understanding International Law presents a comprehensive,accessible introduction to the various aspects of international lawwhile addressing its interrelationship with world politics. Presents well-organized, balanced coverage of all aspects ofinternational law Features an accompanying website with direct access to courtcases and study and discussion questions. Visit the site at:ahref="http://www.wiley.com/go/internationallaw"www.wiley.com/go/internationallaw/a Includes discussion of the efficacy of international law, atopic unique among international law texts Offers discussion of other topics that most texts do notaddress, such as complete chapters on making the world safer, humanrights, the environment, and the world economy

The Oxford Handbook of International Relations

Author: Christian Reus-Smit,Duncan Snidal

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019958558X

Category: Law

Page: 772

View: 6268

This Oxford Handbook assembles the world's leading scholars in International Relations to present diverse perspectives about purposes, questions, theories, and methods. It will become the first point of reference for scholars and students interested in these key issues.