Journals Higher Education



Published: 02 October 2015

464 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190454357

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International Relations

Second Edition

Eric B. Shiraev and Vladislav M. Zubok

  • A consistent learning framework-Ideas, Arguments, and Contexts and Applications-guides students through the material.
  • A critical-thinking approach is introduced in chapter 1 and reinforced throughout the text in "Debate" boxes, "Case in Point" features, and chapter-ending questions.
  • Each chapter incorporates historical material throughout and ends with an extended case study, "The Uses of History," featuring in-depth discussions of important developments from the past several decades (such as the Cuban missile crisis, "misperceptions and realities" in the war on terror, and "celebrity interventions" in humanitarian issues).
  • Learning objectives, "Check Your Knowledge" questions, and "Visual Reviews" help students find and retain key information.
  • · A unique Conclusion, "Forecasting the World of 2030," serves as a capstone exercise and includes discussion and writing prompts to help students synthesize what they've learned.
  • · An appendix on IR careers provides descriptions of the major career categories as well as resources for finding positions in the field of IR.
  • · An Instructor's Resources Manual, a Computerized Test Bank, CNN Videos, PowerPoint-based slides, an Image Bank, a Companion Website (, and a Facebook page ( provide additional resources for instructors and students.

New to this Edition:

  • Expanded coverage of economic development, human rights, and international organizations and NGOs.
  • Updated discussions of theory, including more advanced discussions of structural realism (chapter 2), reorganized analyses of neoliberal theories (chapter 3), and more thorough presentation of liberal views on war and the use of force (chapter 3).
  • New discussions on topics such as China's increasing impact on international relations (chapters 4 and 7), Russia's takeover of Crimea from Ukraine and recent Western sanctions on Russia (chapter 6), the role of multinational corporations in international affairs (chapter 7), sub-state structures such as ISIS (chapter 8), and the plight of refugees in many parts of the world (chapter 10).
  • Extended case studies called "The Uses of History" at the end of each chapter now include numbered discussion questions and assignments.

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