Title Essentials of International Relations, 8/e
Author Karen A. Mingst, Heather Elko McKibben, Ivan M. Arreguín-Toft
ISBN 9780393675191
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 544
Book size 171 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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About the book


New coauthor Heather Elko McKibben enlivens a classic text

A fresh perspective renews Karen Mingst’s classic, concise text. A new chapter on international cooperation and international law presents alternatives to war. A streamlined approach to theories and levels of analysis makes concepts easier to understand and apply. Expanded coverage of cybersecurity, refugees, health, and the environment asks students to grapple with the big issues of our time. And InQuizitive—an all-new digital learning tool—helps students learn, retain, and apply key concepts.


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Chapter 1. Approaches to International Relations • Thinking Theoretically • Developing the Answers • History • Philosophy • The Scientific Method: Behavioralism • Alternative Approaches • In Sum: Making Sense of International Relations

Chapter 2. The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations • The Emergence of the Westphalian System • Europe in the Nineteenth Century • The Aftermath of Revolution: Core Principles • The Napoleonic Wars • Peace at the Core of the European System • Imperialism and Colonialism in the European System • Balance of Power • The Breakdown: Solidification of Alliances • World War I • The Interwar Years and World War II • World War II • The Cold War • Origins of the Cold War • The Cold War as a Series of Confrontations • The Cold War in Asia and Latin America • Was the Cold War Really Cold? • The Immediate Post-Cold War Era • Global Perspectives: Explaining the End of the Cold War: A View From the Former Soviet Union • The New Millennium: The First Two Decades • In Sum: Learning from History

Chapter 3. International Relations Theories • Thinking Theoretically • Components of International Relations Theories • Realism • The Roots of Realism • Realism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries • Neorealism • Liberalism • The Roots of Liberalism • Neoliberal Institutionalism • Other Liberal Theories • Constructivism • Global Perspectives: A Policy Perspective: A View from India • The Radical Perspective • Marxism • Dependency Theory • Feminist Critiques of IR Theory • Theory in Action: Analyzing the (and Beyond) Russia-Ukraine Conflict • Background on the Russia-Ukraine Conflict • Realist Perspectives • Liberal Perspectives • Constructivist Perspectives • In Sum: Seeing the World through Theoretical Lenses

Chapter 4. Levels of Analysis • The International System • Realism and the International System • Global Perspectives: The International System: A View from China • Liberalism and the International System • Constructivism and the International System • Change in the International System • The International System as a Level of Analysis: The Russia- Ukraine Conflict • The State • International Relations Perspectives and the State • State Power • The State as a Level of Analysis: The Russia-Ukraine Conflict • The Individual • International Relations Perspectives and the Individual • The Role of Elites • The Role of Mass Publics and Private Individuals • The Individual as a Level of Analysis: The Russia-Ukraine Conflict • In Sum: Seeing the World through Different Levels of Analysis

Chapter 5. The State and the Tools of Statecraft • The State and the Nation • Global Perspectives: Becoming A State: A View from Palestine • Tools of Statecraft • The Art of Diplomacy • Economic Statecraft • The Use of Force • Models of Foreign Policy Decision Making • The Rational Model: The Realist Approach • The Bureaucratic/Organizational Model and the Pluralist Model: The Liberal Approaches • Constructivist Alternatives • Democracies, Autocracies, and Foreign Policy • Challenges to the State • Globalization • Transnational Religious and Ideological Movements • Ethnonational Movements • Transnational Crime • Fragile States • In Sum: The Centrality of States

Chapter 6. War and Security • Military Security and War • What Is War? • Types of War • Interstate War • Intrastate War • Conventional War • Unconventional Warfare • Terrorism • Cyberwarfare • The Causes of War • Realist Interpretations of the Causes of War • Liberal Interpretations of the Causes of War • Constructivist Interpretations of the Causes of War • Preventing War and Managing State Security • Realist Approaches to Preventing War • Global Perspectives: Going Nuclear: A View from North Korea • Liberal Approaches to Preventing War • Constructivist Approaches to Preventing War • “Laws of War” and State security • Jus ad Bellum • Jus in Bello • Cyberwarfare and Just War • In Sum: International and State Security Today

Chapter 7. International Cooperation and International Law • International Cooperation • Realism and the Cooperation Problem • Neoliberal Institutionalism and Cooperation • Other Liberal Explanations of Cooperation • Constructivism and Cooperation • International Law • Sources of International Law • Enforcement Mechanisms and State Compliance • Bodies of International Law • Global Perspectives: Triangular Cooperation: A View from Colombia • In Sum: The Centrality of Cooperation

Chapter 8. International Political Economy • The Evolution of the International Economy: Ideas and Institutions • Economic Institutions • How the Globalized Economy Works Today • International Finance • International Monetary Policy • International Trade • International Development • Strategies to Achieve Economic Development • Is Development Being Achieved? Goals for the Next 15 Years • Economic Challenges in the Twenty-First Century • Crises of Economic Globalization • Global Perspectives: Development: A View from Rwanda • The Future of Economic Liberalism and Globalization: Crisis, Continuity, or Reform? • Alternative Institutions: The Debate over Globalization Continues • The View from Economic Theories • In Sum: From the Economy to Other Institutions of Cooperation

Chapter 9. Intergovernmental Organizations and Nongovernmental Organizations. • Intergovernmental Organizations • The Creation of IGOs • The Roles of IGOs • The United Nations • The European Union—Organizing Regionally • Other Regional Organizations: The OAS, the AU, and the Arab League • Global Perspectives: Brexit: A View from Great Britain • Nongovernmental Organizations • The Growth of NGO Power and Influence • Functions and Roles of NGOs • The Power of NGOs • The Limits of NGOs • Do IGOs and NGOs Make a Difference? • The Realist View • The Liberal View • The Constructivist View • In Sum: IGOs and NGOs Respond to New Issues of the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 10. Human Rights • Religious, Philosophical, and Historical Foundations • Human Rights as Emerging International Responsibility • States as Protectors of Human Rights • State Tactics to Protect Human Rights • Global Perspectives: Human Rights And Human Security: A View from Canada • States as Abusers of Human Rights • The Role of the International Community—IGOs and NGOs IGOs in Action • NGOs’ Unique Roles • Evaluating the Efforts of the International Community • Specific Human Rights Issues • The Problem of Genocide and Mass Atrocities • Women’s Rights as Human Rights: The Globalization of Women’s Rights • The Debate over Humanitarian Intervention and R2P • Contending Perspectives on Responding to Human Rights Abuses • In Sum: From Human Rights to Human Security

Chapter 11. Human Security: Migration, Global Health, and the Environment • Human Security in a Globalized and Transnational World • Migration • Contending Perspectives on Migration • Health—Protecting Individuals in the Global Commons • Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and Noncommunicable Diseases as Transnational Issues • Contending Perspectives on Health • The Environment—Protecting the Global Commons • Conceptual Perspectives • Pollution and Climate Change • Natural Resource Issues • Population Dynamics • Environmental NGOs in Action • Contending Perspectives on the Environment • Global Perspectives: The Environment: A View from Indonesia • The Impact of Human Security Issues on International Relations Practice and Theory • Will Transnational Issues Lead to Global Governance? • In Sum: Changing Your World





About the Authors:

Karen A. Mingst is Professor  Emeritus at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin. A specialist in international organization, international law, and international political economy, Professor Mingst has conducted research in Western Europe, West Africa, and Yugoslavia. She is the author or editor of seven books and numerous academic articles.

Heather Elko Mckibben is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. She has been at Davis since 2009, after receiving her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and holding a postdoctorate position in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University in the 2008-2009 academic year. In her research, Professor Mckibben is interested in understanding when, why and how different countries negotiate with each other. When and why will countries come to the negotiating table to resolve problems instead of resorting to more coercive measures? What types of strategies do they use in those negotiations? When and why will countries be able to reach cooperative agreements, and what are the resulting agreements likely to look like? Examining international negotiations in a wide variety of settings, Professor McKibben seeks to answer these types of questions.

Ivan M. Arreguín-Toft is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University, where he teaches introductory international relations, among other courses. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. Professor Arreguín-Toft is a specialist in security studies, asymmetric conflict and cyber warfare. He is the recipient of fellowships at the Peace Research Institute and the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of Political Science & International Relations.


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