Understanding International Conflicts An Introduction to Theory and History

ISBN-10: 0205658873
ISBN-13: 9780205658879
Edition: 7th 2009
Authors: Joseph S. Nye
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Description: Written by renowned scholar and former policymaker Joseph Nye,Understanding International Conflictsis a brief and penetrating introduction to the study of world politics. The text deftly applies a combination of history and theory to evaluate  More...

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List price: $70.20
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 7/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Written by renowned scholar and former policymaker Joseph Nye,Understanding International Conflictsis a brief and penetrating introduction to the study of world politics. The text deftly applies a combination of history and theory to evaluate conflict and cooperation among international actors, thus providing students a framework for understanding contemporary issues. From World War I to modern terrorism and information revolutions to global governance,Understanding International Conflictsis a highly readable survey that answers as well as raises compelling questions about the future of international relations. ldquo;Sometimes original scholars sound pedantic when addressing central issues of world politics; often policymakers speak in code or platitudes. Not so Professor Nye. As any reader will see, the work in your hands is lucid, direct, and concise. Reading Nyersquo;s writing on world politics is like watching Joe DiMaggio play center field or Yo-Yo Ma play the cello: he makes the difficult look easy.rdquo;-from Robert Keohanersquo;s Foreword toUnderstanding International Conflicts, 7/e.

Foreword
Preface
Resources
Is There an Enduring Logic of Conflict in World Politics?
What is International Politics?
Differing Views of Anarchic Politics
Building Blocks
The Peloponnesian War
A Short Version of a Long Story
Causes and Theories
Inevitability and the Shadow of the Future
Ethical Questions and International Politics
Limits on Ethics in International Relations
Three Views of the Role of Morality
Chronology: Peloponnesian Wars
Study Questions
Selected Readings
Further Readings
Notes
Origins of the Great Twentieth-Century Conflicts
International Systems and Levels of Causation
Levels of Analysis
Systems: Structure and Process
Revolutionary and Moderate Goals and Instruments
The Structure and Process of the Nineteenth-Century System
A Modern Sequel
Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy
Liberalism Revived
Liberal Democracy and War
Defining National Interests
Variations in Foreign Policies
Counterfactuals
Plausibility
Proximity in Time
Relation to Theory
Facts
Chronologies: Europe
Study Questions
Selected Readings
Further Readings
Notes
Balance of Power and World War I
Balance of Power
Power
Balances as Distributions of Power
Balance of Power as Policy
Balance of Power as Multipolar Systems
Alliances
The Origins of World War I
Three Levels of Analysis
Was War Inevitable?
What Kind of War?
The Funnel of Choices
Lessons of History Again
Chronology: The Road to World War I
Study Questions
Selected Readings
Further Readings
Notes
The Failure of Collective Security and World War II
The Rise and Fall of Collective Security
The League of Nations
The United States and the League of Nations
The Early Days of the League
The Manchurian Failure
The Ethiopian Debacle
The Origins of World War II
Hitler's War?
Hitler's Strategy
The Role of the Individual
Systemic and Domestic Causes
Was War Inevitable?
The Pacific War
Appeasement and Two Types of War
Chronology: Between the World Wars
Study Questions
Selected Readings
Further Readings
Notes
The Cold War
Deterrence and Containment
Three Approaches to the Cold War
Roosevelt's Policies
Stalin's Policies
Phases of the Conflict
Inevitability?
Levels of Analysis
U.S. and Soviet Goals in the Cold War
Containment
The Vietnam War
Motives, Means, and Consequences
Chronology: American Involvement in Vietnam (1954-1975)
The Rest of the Cold War
The End of the Cold War
The Role of Nuclear Weapons
Physics and Politics
Balance of Terror
Problems of Nuclear Deterrence
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Moral Issues
Chronology: The Cold War Years
Study Questions
Selected Readings
Further Readings
Notes
Conflicts after the Cold War - Interventions and Institutions
Ethnic Conflicts
Intervention and Sovereignty
Defining Intervention
Sovereignty
Judging Intervention
Exceptions to the Rule
Problems of Self-Determination
International Law and Organization
Domestic Analogies
Predictability and Legitimacy
United Nations: Collective Security and Peacekeeping
Conflicts in the Middle East
The Questions of Nationalism
The Arab-Israeli Conflicts
The Conflicts in the Persian Gulf of 1991 and 2003
Chronology: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Study Questions
Selected Readings
Further Readings
Notes
Globalization and Interdependence
The Dimensions of Globalization
What's New about Twenty-First-Century Globalization?
Political Reactions to Globalization
Power and Interdependence
The Concept of Interdependence
Sources of Interdependence
Benefits of Interdependence
Costs of Interdependence
Symmetry of Interdependence
Leadership and Institutions in the World Economy
Realism and Complex Interdependence
The Politics of Oil
Oil as a Power Resource
Study Questions
Selected Readings
Further Readings
Notes
Information Revolution and Transnational Actors
Power and the Information Revolution
Lessons from the Past
A New World Politics?
Sovereignty and Control
Transnational Actors
Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
The Information Revolution and Complex Interdependence
Conclusions
Study Questions
Selected Readings
Further Readings
Notes
A New World Order?
Alternative Designs for the Future
The End of History or the Clash of Civilizations?
Technology and the Diffusion of Power
Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Transnational Challenges to Security
A New World Order?
Future Configurations of Power
The Prison of Old Concepts
The Evolution of a Hybrid World Order
Thinking About the Future
Study Questions
Selected Readings
Further Readings
Notes
Glossary
Credits
Index

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