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Perspectives on International Relations
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Perspectives on International Relations
Power, Institutions, and Ideas

Sixth 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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