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Perspectives on International Relations
Power, Institutions, and Ideas

Sixth Edition (International Student Edition)


March 2018 | CQ Press
Henry R. Nau's bestselling book is admired for its even-handed presentation of realism, liberalism, constructivism, and critical theory - and for expertly applying those perspectives in every chapter. It helps students to explore the ways in which these different perspectives shape our understanding of the root causes of historical events and current controversies in world affairs, and learn to think critically. The new Sixth Edition includes updates on Brexit, the rise of Donald Trump and other populist leaders, and continuing developments for ISIS, Syria, and Russia.
 
Introduction: Why We Disagree about International Relations
The Crisis in Syria  
The Roles of Perspectives, Levels of Analysis, and Causal Arrows  
The Role of History  
Contemporary Foreign Policy Disputes: The 9/11 Attacks  
The Role of Methods  
Is One Perspective or Method Best?  
The Role of Judgment  
The Role of Ethics and Morality  
 
Chapter 1: How to Think about International Relations: Perspectives, Levels of Analysis, and Causal Arrows
Prisoner’s Dilemma  
The Realist Perspective  
The Liberal Perspective  
The Identity Perspective  
Critical Theory Perspectives  
Levels of Analysis  
Causal Arrows  
 
Part I: Historical Patterns
 
Chapter 2: World War I: World on Fire
Europe in 1914  
Realist Explanations  
Liberal Explanations  
Identity Explanations  
Critical Theory Explanations  
 
Chapter 3: World War II: Why Did War Happen Again?
Causes of Madness  
Liberal Accounts  
Realist Accounts  
Identity Matters  
Critical Theory Perspective  
 
Chapter 4: The Origins and End of the Cold War
The Long Telegram  
Snapshot of the Cold War  
Realist Explanations  
Identity Explanations  
Liberal Explanations  
Critical Theory Perspective  
 
Part II: The Contemporary International System
 
Chapter 5: Realist Perspectives on Today’s World: Unipolarity, Balance of Power, and State Actors
Polarity  
Balancing Power  
War  
Domestic State Actors  
 
Chapter 6: Liberal Perspectives on Today’s World: Collective Security, Diplomacy, International Institutions, and Law
Collective Security  
Diplomacy  
International Institutions  
Regional Institutions  
Nongovernmental Organizations  
International Law  
International Courts  
 
Chapter 7: Identity Perspectives on Today’s World: Democracy, Religion, Nationalism, and Human Rights
Democracy  
Religion  
Nationalism  
Human Rights  
 
Part III: Globalization and Change
 
Chapter 8: Realist and Liberal Perspectives on Globalization: Trade, Investment, and Finance
Snapshot of Globalization  
Security and Economics  
Domestic Economic Policies  
Trade  
Investment  
Finance  
 
Chapter 9: Identity Perspectives on Globalization: Development and Environment
Asia  
Latin America  
Sub-Saharan Africa  
Middle East and North Africa  
Environment  
 
Chapter 10: Critical Theory Perspectives on Globalization: Inequality, Imperialism, and Injustice
Colonialism and Imperialism  
Dependency  
World Systems  
Multinational Corporations and Exploitation of Labor  
Marginalized Minorities: Global Injustice  
Persisting Global Inequality  
 
Conclusion: Applying Perspectives and Levels of Analysis: The Case of the Democratic Peace
Evidence  
Explanations  
Summary  
Coda  

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