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International Relations

Covering topics such as foreign policy, the world economy, and globalization, this Very Short Introduction shows how many disciplines come together in the study of international events. Paul Wilkinson explains the theories underlying the subject, and uses them to investigate issues of foreign policy, arms control, the environment, and world poverty. Taking care to discuss not only the main academic theories of the discipline, he also brings to light the practical problems and issues confronting the field today, and later examines the important role of organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union, as well as the influence of ethnic and religious movements and terrorist groups in shaping the way states interact. In closing, Wilkinson takes a look forward to the possible future of international relations.
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Table of Contents

1. The Study of International Relations ; 2. The Modern State System ; 3. Theorizing about International Relations ; 4. The Making of Foreign Policy ; 5. Arms Control and Disarmament ; 6. Contemporary Armed Conflicts, UN Peacekeeping, and Humanitarian Intervention ; 7. Threats to Environmental Security ; 8. The Challenge of World Poverty ; 9. Shaping the International Relations of the Future

About the Author

Paul Wilkinson is Professor of International Relations and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews. Prior to his appointment at St Andrews in 1989 he was Professor of International Relations, University of Aberdeen 1979-1989. He is co-editor of the academic journal Terrorism and Political Violence, and is currently director of a research project on the domestic management of terrorist attacks in the UK. He served as Adviser to UK Governments's Inquiry into Legislation Against Terrorism. He has published widely on International Relations and terrorism, his latest publication being Addressing The New International Terrorism; , a report to the Trilateral Commission, (May 2003, co-authored with Nye and Satoh).


So has Browning succeeded in conveying to both academic and general readers some of the core issues and themes surrounding the term, international security? For me, I would say yes. * Klaus Dodds, e-international relations *

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