International Relations: Brief Edition

Paperback | December 3, 2013

byEric B. Shiraev, Vladislav M. Zubok

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This brief introduction to international relations uses a consistent analytical framework to teach students how to think critically about issues in world politics. The consistent chapter outline centres on three questions: what do we study (the issues and terms), how do we study it (theory),and how do we apply it (levels of analysis). These sections are followed by a concluding extended case study (Past, Present, and Future). The chapters are framed by open cases (vignettes) and additional examples throughout for contemporary and historical context.

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This brief introduction to international relations uses a consistent analytical framework to teach students how to think critically about issues in world politics. The consistent chapter outline centres on three questions: what do we study (the issues and terms), how do we study it (theory),and how do we apply it (levels of analysis)....

Eric B. Shiraev is a researcher and professor at George Mason University. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of twelve books and numerous publications, including Russian Government and Politics (2010) and Counting Every Vote: The Most Contentious Elections in American History (2008). Vladislav M. Zubok is a professor at the Lo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceMaps of the WorldPart I. Studying International Relations: Foundations and Theories1. Introducing International RelationsWhat Do We Study, and Why? The Field of International RelationsWhat Is International Relations?Key ConceptsKey ActorsGlobal IssuesHow Do We Study It?Gathering InformationAnalyzing InformationHow Do We Apply It?The Individual ContextThe State ContextThe Global ContextPast, Present, and Future: Can Democracy be Exported?ConclusionChapter SummaryKey TermsVisual Review2. Realism and LiberalismWhat Do We Study?Realism: Main PrinciplesLiberalism: Main PrinciplesHow Do We Think About It?Examining RealpolitikExamining Liberal PoliciesComparing Realism and LiberalismHow do We Apply It?Applying Realism: Critical EvaluationsApplying Liberalism: Critical EvaluationsPast, Present, and Future: The European UnionConclusionChapter SummaryKey TermsVisual Review3. Alternative ViewsWhat Do We Study?How Do We Think About It?The Constructivist ViewConflict ApproachesIdentity FactorsPolitical PsychologyHow Do We Apply It?The Individual ContextThe State ContextThe Global ContextPast, Present, and Future: The Cuban Missile CrisisConclusionChapter SummaryKey TermsVisual ReviewPart II. Three Facets of International Relations4. International SecurityWhat Do We Study?SecurityTypes of WarSecurity PoliciesHow Do We Study It?RealismLiberalismConstructivismConflict TheoriesHow Do We Apply It?The Individual ContextThe State ContextThe Global ContextPast, Present, and Future: Ending the Cold WarConclusionChapter SummaryKey TermsVisual Review5. International LawWhat Do We Study?Law, the Role of IGOs, and International RelationsPrinciples and Sources of International LawDevelopment of International LawHow Do We Study It?The Realist View of International LawThe Liberal View of International LawConstructivism and Other ViewsHow Do We Apply It?The Individual ContextThe State ContextThe Global ContextPast, Present, and Future: War Crimes, Genocide, and the Legacy Of NurembergConclusionChapter SummaryKey TermsVisual Review6. International Political EconomyWhat Do We Study?The Major Factors of International Political EconomyHow Do We Study It?Mercantilism: An Economic Realism?Economic LiberalismConstructivismConflict TheoriesHow Do We Apply It?The Individual ContextThe State ContextThe Global ContextPast, Present, and Future: "The Beijing Miracle"ConclusionChapter SummaryKey TermsVisual ReviewPart III. Twenty-First-Century Challenges7. International TerrorismWhat Do We Study?Terrorism and CounterterrorismWhy Definitions Are ImportantHow Terrorism WorksTerrorism: In the Name of What?How Do We Study It?The Realist View of TerrorismThe Liberal View of TerrorismThe Constructivist View of TerrorismOther ApproachesHow Do We Apply It?The Individual ContextThe State ContextThe Global ContextPast, Present, and Future: Al-QaedaConclusionChapter SummaryKey TermsVisual Review8. Environmental Problems and International PoliticsWhat Do We Study?Environmental ProblemsDisasters and AccidentsEnvironmental Policies TodayHow Do We Study It?RealismLiberalismConstructivismAlternative and Critical ViewsHow Do We Apply It?The Individual ContextThe State ContextThe Global ContextPast, Present, and Future: GreenpeaceConclusionChapter SummaryKey TermsVisual Review9. Humanitarian ChallengesWhat Do We Study?Types of Humanitarian ChallengesCauses of Humanitarian CrisesHumanitarian PoliciesHow Do We Study It?RealismLiberalismConstructivismConflict TheoriesHow Do We Apply It?The Individual ContextThe State ContextThe Global ContextPast, Present, and Future: Celebrity ActivismConclusionChapter SummaryKey TermsVisual ReviewConclusion: Forecasting the World of 2025GlossaryReferencesCreditsIndex