International Relations

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9780065018646: International Relations

The first text in the field to be written following the end of the Cold War, Goldstein's International Relations evenly balances security and economic issues.  It also distinguishes itself from the competition through its strong coverage of alternative theoretical perspectives, the environment, and women.  The book integrates technology seamlessly with marginal icons linking to additional online content such as video clips, interactive simulations, and practice tests. The Updated Seventh Edition offers a brand new feature — “Careers in IR”–that will help students apply their study of international relations to their own career plans, as well as key updates on ever-changing topics such as the war in Iraq, Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza strip, Palestinian and Israeli elections, Islamic radicalism in Europe, possible bird flu pandemics and rising AIDS infections, China on the rise, the election of the first woman president in Africa, and more.  Lauded for its commitment to currency, lively writing style, colorful photo program, and abundance of examples, International Relations has long been a favorite of both students and instructors because it makes the rich complexity of international politics accessible and exciting

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International Relations has long been the best introduction to the field. It perfectly balances different theoretical approaches to international politics, theoretical and empirical material, and major topics like international security, international political economy, and global social issues. In particular, its coverage of war, civil conflict, and terrorism is outstanding and especially relevant today.”?Andrew Kydd, University of Wisconsin?Madison


“Students have realized that women–as factory workers, as peace activists, as political thinkers–need to be discussed in IR courses. Goldstein and Pevehouse’s up-to-the-minute, engaging introductory text responds to this need.”–Cynthia Enloe, Clark University


“Goldstein and Pevehouse have uniquely written a text that is a perfect fit not just for introductory international relations courses but also for multidisciplinary international studies courses. Better than anyone, they sensibly combine political science, economics, history, and more with plenty of illustrative regional examples to help my students build a comprehensive picture of the world.”–David Bearce, University of Colorado–Boulder

From the Back Cover:

“A terrific introduction to world politics; the most engaging and well-organized introductory text that I’ve seen.”

-Richard Herrmann, Ohio State University

International Relations, Brief 2008-2009 Update
Fourth Edition

Thoroughly updated to cover world affairs to 2008, International Relations, Brief Edition offers the most current and comprehensive coverage of international relations theory, international security, international political economy, and global issues.

With the broadest discussion of theoretical perspectives, the most up-to-date coverage of international events, and the strongest emphasis on critical thinking, International Relations, Brief Edition includes all the tools students need to engage the discipline’s concepts and to understand what is happening in the world today.

New to the 2008-2009 Update Edition

  • An all new insert by Oxfam America, “Empowering the Global South: A Rights-Based Approach to Development” was written specifically for this text by one of the leading NGOs in international development. It covers such topic areas as poverty, women’s rights, fair trade, and disaster assistance.

Other updates include…


  • Violence levels in Iraq and the troop surge
  • Kosovo’s declaration of independence
  • Ethnic violence in Darfur, Kenya, and Pakistan
  • Attempts at government overthrow in Chad
  • Nuclear weapons programs in North Korea and Iran


  • European Union governance and the euro
  • The U.S. financial crisis, trade deficit, and decline of the dollar
  • Effects of record high oil prices on producing and consuming nations
  • The Chinese trade surplus and export product contamination
  • The Doha Round WTO trade talks

Global Issues

  • Climate change negotiations to follow on the Kyoto Protocol
  • HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and drug patent disputes
  • Progress toward the UN Millennium Development Goals for poverty reduction
  • The changing face of international terrorism
  • New impacts of information and communication technologies

Readings in International Relations pairs writings on international relations theory with writings on current events to help students explore the relationship between concept and application. Package the reader with this text and receive a discount on the package price.

The new MyPoliSciKit for International Relations is a premium online learning resource that features multimedia activities to help students connect concepts to current events, including book-specific assessment, video case studies, role-playing simulations, mapping exercises, Financial Times newsfeeds, and politics blog. Log on to to see a demo, purchase a subscription, or use your access code to get started.

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