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International Studies
Global Forces, Interactions, and Tensions

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October 2018 | 472 pages | CQ Press
The challenge of teaching international studies is to help students think coherently about the multiple causes and effects of global problems. In International Studies: Global Forces, Interactions, and Tensions, award-winning scholars Scott Straus and Barry Driscoll give students a clear framework that pinpoints how key factors—forces, interactions, and tensions—contribute to world events, with both global and local consequences.

The authors first show students how to look for common patterns in global issues by introducing four world-shaping forces: global markets, shifting centers of power, information and communications technologies, and global governance. They systematically trace how these forces prompt interactions among world actors and thus give rise to a set of tensions that spur key challenges. The framework enables students to ask and answer for themselves—Who is interacting? Where did such interactions develop? What policies or institutions govern them? Why are they getting certain global and local reactions? 

Students then apply the framework to the global problems that matter most to them: human rights abuses, economic inequality, terrorism, forced migration, pandemics and global health responses, climate change, food security, and more. International Studies raises the bar for the Introduction to IS course, moving beyond interdisciplinary, and into the realm of critical analysis to increase student relevancy and motivation.

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INTRODUCTION: Global Interactions and Global Tensions
A Framework for International Studies  
Global Interactions  
Global Tensions  
An Inside-Out/Outside-In Approach  
Global Forces  
What Is International Studies Good For?  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER ONE: The Making of Our Global Age: Forces, Interactions, and Tensions Since 1800
The First Global Age: Increasing Global Interactions  
Between the First and Second Global Ages: Wars, Hot and Cold, and New Interactions  
The Second Global Age: An Explosion of Global Finance, International Interactions, and New Tensions  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER TWO: States: Shapers and Subjects of Global Interactions
The Age of States: Born from a Cycle of Interactions  
What Does a State Do?  
Where Do States Come From? Forces Shaping the Modern State  
The Strengths and Weaknesses of States  
Is the State Fit for Purpose? Modern Challenges to States  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER THREE: Intergovernmental Organizations: Sites of Global Governance
Getting Along in the World  
IGOs: The Basics  
What Do IGOs Do?  
The United Nations: Mediating Global Tensions  
Do IGOs Actually Matter? Three Views  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER FOUR: Civil Society: Agents of Change in Global Interactions
Who Cares About Cecil the Lion?  
What Is Civil Society?  
Who Is Civil Society?  
Recent History of Global Civil Society: Rise of a New Global Force  
Civil Society on the Global Stage  
How Does Civil Society Have an Impact?  
Criticisms of Global Civil Society  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER FIVE: Social Identities and Culture: Shaping Interactions at the Individual and Societal Levels
What Are Social Identities and Culture?  
Global Interactions and Forces Impact Identity and Culture  
Which Social Identities Matter?  
Why Do Some Social Identities Matter More Than Others?  
Social Identities and Global Challenges  
Understanding Culture  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER SIX: Money: Propelling Global Interactions
Why Global Money Matters  
What is Capitalism?  
What is Trade?  
Finance: Borrowers, Lenders, and Debt  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER SEVEN: Democracy and Representation: Struggles for Freedom and Efforts to Restrict It
What Makes Some Countries Freer Than Others?  
What Do Democracies Consist Of?  
What Do Dictatorships Consist Of?  
Trends in Democratization  
The Process of Democratization  
Democratic Consolidation  
Democracy and International Studies Themes  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER EIGHT: Human Rights: The Challenge of Setting and Enforcing Global Norms
What is the Human Rights Regime?  
Human Rights at the UN Level: Roots of the Tension Between Universal Rights and State Sovereignty  
Regional Approaches to Human Rights  
What Roles Do Nonstate Human Rights Actors Play?  
Do Human Rights Work?  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER NINE: Development: The Challenge of Global Poverty
What Is Development, and How Is It Measured?  
Why Are Some Countries Poor?  
How Can Developing Countries Grow Their Economies? Five Theories  
The Role of Foreign Aid  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER TEN: Civil Wars and Terrorism: New Global Security Challenges and Efforts to Manage Them
What Are Civil Wars?  
What Is Terrorism?  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER ELEVEN: Migration: Confronting the Myths of Human Movement
What is Migration?  
Trends in Global Migration: Facts and Myths  
Why Do People Migrate? Push, Pull, and Policy Factors  
The Impacts of Migration  
Brain Drain or Brain Gain?  
Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
Can Migration Be Governed Globally?  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER TWELVE: Global Health: Addressing Inequalities in Outcomes
Global Health and Forces, Interactions, and Tensions  
What is Global Health?  
Global Health Outcomes Highlight Systemic Inequalities  
The Global HIV and AIDS Pandemic  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Global Environment: Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change
What Is Climate Change?  
Empirics of Climate Change  
Predictions about Future Climate Change  
Impacts of Climate Change  
Responses to Climate Change: Global Governance  
Other Approaches to Climate Change  
Climate Change and Cross-Cutting Global Forces  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Global Food: How Can We Solve World Hunger?
Global Hunger and a Growing Population: Is There Enough Food?  
If There Is Enough Food, Why Do Famines Occur?  
Reducing Hunger: Food Security or Food Sovereignty  
Who Runs Global Food?  
Tracing Global Food: Commodity Chains  
Key Terms  
Questions for Review  
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“If you are looking for a text that incorporates two major aspects of teaching a course in International Studies, this is the book for you. There is coverage of the most important theoretical aspects of our highly globalized world so that students understand the impact of the ubiquitous technology on our interconnected lives. And there is coverage of the most important global issues of the day: terrorism, trade, aid, the environment, etc.”

Cecilia Manrique
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

"I think the interactive and interdisciplinary approach will make this book stand out."

Bora Pajo
Mercyhurst College

“This is a very good introduction to international affairs… well-organized, up-to-date, and lucid.”

Brandon Kendhammer
Ohio University

“By approaching IR [IS] from an issues perspective, the authors have set themselves apart from competing texts.  The inclusion of relatively recent issues is also an important factor setting this book apart.”

Keith Hollinger
Arizona State University - Phoenix

In short, Scott Straus and Barry Driscoll have ingeniously marshalled their intellectual forces to produce a memorable introductory text for international studies courses that should be required reading for anyone engaged with our globalizing, inter-connected, and interdependent world. In particular, it should sit atop the supplementary sources for all introductory liberal arts courses. Kudos to Straus and Driscoll for pulling off this scholarly and pedagogical feat!

Tarique Niazi PhD
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Good choice of topics for the text, well-written and engaging, appropriate technical level for students and relevant exercises to test students' knowledge.

Professor Babafemi Akinrinade
Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Washington University
September 26, 2018

Scott Alexander Straus

Barry Driscoll

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