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Current Debates in International Relations

Second Edition

Eric Shiraev and Vladislav Zubok

Publication Date - 29 November 2019

ISBN: 9780190855406

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

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Grab your students' attention with accessible, contemporary readings on key controversies and debates in the field of International Relations


Ideal for introductory courses, the second edition of Current Debates in International Relations presents more than forty readings drawn from major scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Relations, and The Wall Street Journal. It provides students with a broad selection of articles--both classical/theoretical and practical/applied--and steers them through major international issues, offering contending yet complementary approaches.

New to this Edition

  • A thoroughly revised and updated preface, editorial introductions, and discussion questions
  • Seventeen new readings focus on contemporary topics like populism, the art and science of political forecasting, cyber security, ISIS, international justice climate change, national identity, and China's regional policy

About the Author(s)

Eric Shiraev is Professor and Head of CARP (Character Assassination and Reputation Politics Research Lab) at George Mason University.

Vladislav Zubok is Professor of History at the London School of Economics.


"The editors have carefully selected a range of articles that present alternative positions about major topics in the field of international relations. These articles will stimulate informed debate and discussion among students."--Lowell Gustafson, Villanova University

"Current Debates in International Relations stands out from the crowd because it ties together the articles in each chapter within a common framework. Each chapter provides students with pedagogical tools focused on critical thinking."--Kanishkan Sathasivam, Salem State University

Table of Contents



    Main Perspectives: Their Evolution and Relevance Today (Editorial Introduction)

    Section 1. Introducing the Field

    1.1. Huntington, Samuel (1993). The Clash of Civilizations? Foreign Affairs. Summer, Vol. 72, no. 3, pp. 22-49.

    1.2. Krasner, Stephen (2001). "Sovereignty." Foreign Policy, no. 122, January/February, pp. 20-29.

    1.3. Nye, Joseph, (2010). The Future of American Power. Foreign Affairs, November/December, Vol. 89, no. 6, pp. 2-12.

    Section 2. Historical Context I: Realism and Sovereign States

    2.1. "Thomas Hobbes: Man in a State of Nature Is in a State of War" from Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan (1660). Chapter XIII of The Natural Condition Of Mankind As Concerning Their Felicity and Misery. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Classics, pp. 74-79.

    2.2. Morgenthau, Hans (1978). Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, Fifth Edition, Revised. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, pp. 4-15.

    2.3. Waltz, Kenneth. An Interview on a Theory of International Relations and the Role of Structure. Online at http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people3/Waltz/waltz-con0.html.

    2.4. Mearsheimer, John J. (2006). China's Unpeaceful Rise, Current History, Vol. 105, no. 690 (April), pp. 160-162.

    Section 3. Historical Context II: Liberalism and International Organizations

    3.1. Kant, Emmanuel (1795). Perpetual Peace. Excerpts. From: Perpetual Peace and Other Essays. 1983. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Classics, pp. 107-144.

    3.2. Angell, Norman. The Great Illusion (1910). Excerpts. London, UK: Forgotten Books (2012).

    3.3. Keohane, Robert O. (2012). Twenty Years of Institutional Liberalism. International Relations 26, no. 2: 125-138.

    Section 4. Historical Context III: Exploring Alternatives: Class, Gender, and Values

    4.1. Wendt, Alexander (1995). Constructing International Politics. International Security, Vol. 20, no. 1 (Summer), pp. 71-81.

    4.2. Tickner, J. Ann (2004). The Growth and Future of Feminist Theories in International Relations. Brown Journal of World Affairs, Vol. 10, no. 2 (Winter/Spring), pp. 47-56.

    4.3. Etzioni, Amitai (2008). The Kennedy Experiment Revisited. Political Research Quarterly,
    Vol. 61, no. 1 (March), pp. 20-24.

    Critical thinking and discussion questions for Part I


    International Security, International Law, and International Political Economy. (Editorial Introduction)

    Section 5. War, Security, and Terrorism

    5.1. William S. Lind, Colonel Keith Nightingale (USA), Captain John F. Schmitt (USMC), Colonel Joseph W. Sutton (USA), Lieutenant Colonel Gary I. Wilson (USMCR). "The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation." Marine Corps Gazette, Volume 73, Issue 10 (October 1989).

    5.2. Wieviorka, Michel (2007). From Classical Terrorism to "Global" Terrorism. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 92-104.

    5.3. Boot, Max (2013). The Guerilla Myth. The Wall Street Journal. January 18.

    Section 6. Law and International Community

    6.1. Neff, Stephen C. (2006). "A Short History of International Law." In Malcolm Evans (ed.), International Law. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-30.

    6.2. Yoffie, Adam (2011). The Palestine Problem: The Search for Statehood and the Benefits of International Law. The Yale Journal of International Law, Vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 497-511.

    6.3. Barcia, Gizelle (2012) After Chabad: Enforcement in Cultural Property Disputes. The Yale Journal of International Law, Vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 463-478.

    6.4. d'Aspremont, Jean (2016). The International Court of Justice and the Irony of System-Design. Journal of International Dispute Settlement, Vol. 8, issue 2, pp. 366-387.

    Section 7. International Political Economy: From the North-South Divide to Globalization

    7.1. Keohane, Robert O. (2009). The Old IPE and the New. Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 16, no. 1 (February), pp. 34-46.

    7.2. Keynes, John Maynard (1965). Concluding Notes on the Social Philosophy Towards Which the General Theory Might Lead. In The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Chapter 24. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.

    7.3. Polanyi, Karl (1944). The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, pp. 234-244.

    Critical thinking and discussion questions for Part II


    Environmental Challenges, Human Rights Protection and Development, Culture and Nationalism, and Forecasting the World of 2025. (Editorial Introduction)

    Section 8. Environmental Challenges and Policies

    8.1. Pereira, Joana Castro (2015). "Environmental Issues and International Relations, a New Global (Dis)order - the Role of International Relations in Promoting a Concerted International System." Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, Vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 191-209.

    8.2. Goldstein, Joshua (2016). "Climate Change as a Global Security Issue." Journal of Global Security Studies, Vol. 1, issue 1 (February), pp. 95-98. Online at

    Section 9. Human Rights in the World: Their Protection and Development

    9.1. Ahuja, Baird, Hicks, Kremer, Miguel, Powers (2015). "When Should Governments Subsidize Health? The Case of Mass Deworming." The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 29, issue 1 (January), pp. S9-S24.
    9.2. Wallerstein, Immanuel (2015). "Passion about Migrants." Commentary No. 409. Sept. 15, 2015.

    Section 10. Hearts and Minds: Culture and Nationalism

    10.1. Alston, Phillip (2017). "The Populist Challenge to Human Rights," Journal of Human Rights Practice, Vol. 9, issue 1 (February), pp. 1-15.

    10.2. Mölder, Holger (2011). The Culture of Fear in International Politics - a Western-dominated International System and its Extremist Challenge. ENDC Proceedings, Vol. 14, pp. 241-263.

    10.3. Muller, Jerry Z. (2008). Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism. Foreign Affairs, Vol. 87, no. 2 (March/April), pp. 18-35.

    10.4. Torbakov, Igor (2011). History, Memory and National Identity: Understanding the Politics of History and Memory Wars in Post-Soviet Lands. Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 209-232.

    Section 11. Global Forecasting: the World of 2025

    11.1. Ward, Michael (2016). "Can We Predict Politics? Toward What End?" Journal of Global Security Studies, Vol. 1, issue 1 (February), pp. 80-91.

    11.2. Ikenberry, G. John (2014). The Illusion of Geopolitics: The Enduring Power of the Liberal Order. Foreign Affairs, Vol. 93, no. 3 (May/June), pp. 80-90.

    11.3. Goldstone, Jack (2010). The New Population Bomb. The Four Megatrends That Will Change the World. Foreign Affairs, Vol. 89, no. 1 (January/February), pp. 31-43.

    Critical thinking and discussion questions for Part III

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