Written from Mike Roskin’s unique and engaging point-of-view, IR arms students with a direct and down-to-earth understanding of contemporary international relations. This text surveys key events in world history as well as fundamental theoretical concepts to trace the international system’s evolution and to assess its future. Putting the behavior of global actors into more complete context, IR helps students think critically about the challenges faced by the United States in an era of globalization.
Table of Contents
PART I. THE COLD WAR COME AND GONE
Chapter 1. Strange New World: Power and Systems in Transformation
Chapter 2. America’s Changing National Interests
Chapter 3. “Wrong, Terribly Wrong:” The United States and Vietnam
Chapter 4. Can the United States Lead the World?
Chapter 5. From Russia to the Soviet Union
Chapter 6. From the Soviet Union Back to Russia
PART II. THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Chapter 7. From Colonization to Decolonization
Chapter 8. Eternal Warfare in the Holy Land
Chapter 9. Oil and Turmoil: The Persian Gulf
Chapter 10. The Troubled Americas: Our Neglected South
Chapter 11. Economic Development: The Rich and the Poor
PART III. THE ETERNAL THREATS
Chapter 12. Why Wars?
Chapter 13. National Security: How States Protect Themselves
Chapter 14. Nuclear Politics: The Bomb Is Here to Stay
Chapter 15. The Challenge of Terrorism
PART IV. THE ECONOMIC BLOCS
Chapter 16. Europe Divorces America
Chapter 17. Asia: China as Number One
Chapter 18. The United States and Globalization
PART V. THE POLITICS OF A NEW WORLD
Chapter 19. Diplomacy
Chapter 20. International Law
Chapter 21. The United Nations
Chapter 22. Finite F.E.W. (Food/Energy/Water)
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