Introduction to International and Global Studies, Second Edition

By Shawn C. Smallman, Kimberley Brown

This cutting edge creation to overseas and worldwide reviews, up-to-date and revised in a brand new version, deals teachers within the social sciences and arts a center textbook for instructing undergraduates during this quickly turning out to be box. Encompassing the most recent scholarship in what's a markedly interdisciplinary recreation, Shawn Smallman and Kimberley Brown introduce key options, topics, and matters after which learn each one in vigorous chapters on crucial subject matters that come with the heritage of globalization; financial, political, and cultural globalization; protection, power, and improvement; future health; agriculture and foodstuff; and the surroundings. inside those issues, the authors discover such well timed and urgent topics as commodity chains, hard work (including present-day slavery), human rights, multinational organisations, and the connections between them.

New to this edition:

* the newest study on debates over privateness rights and surveillance for the reason that Edward Snowden's disclosures
* Updates on major political and financial advancements during the international, together with a brand new case examine of ecu Union, Icelandic, and Greek responses to the 2008 monetary crisis
* the most recent information regarding the increase of fracking, the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, the decline of the height Oil move, and weather swap, together with the latter's results at the Arctic and Antarctica
* A committed site with authors' weblog and a instructing tab with syllabi, type actions, and well-designed, classroom-tested resources
* An up-to-date teacher's handbook to be had on-line, together with pattern exam questions, extra assets for every bankruptcy, and precise counsel for instructing ESL scholars
* up-to-date profession recommendation for foreign experiences majors

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Confronting Environmental Change in East and Southeast Asia: Eco-Politics, Foreign Policy, and Sustainable Development

By Paul G. Harris

Concise, hard-hitting essays by way of a gaggle of overseas specialists and students that handle the politics and coverage of environmental switch and sustainable improvement in East and Southeast Asia. The booklet will pay specific awareness to the ways that international coverage and diplomacy theories support clarify ecopolitics and sustainable improvement within the quarter. Case reports hide environmental international relations in East Asia and methods for sustainable improvement in Southeast Asia, together with eastern environmental coverage, China's weather switch international relations, the function of NGOs in shaping Thailand's rules on biodiversity, overseas suggestions and marine environmental safeguard in Vietnam, sustainable improvement coverage in Taiwan, and the function of community-based clash administration in environmental safety efforts in Papua New Guinea. members contain Jonathan Harrington (Troy nation University), Paul G. Harris (Lingnan collage, Hong Kong), Phillip Scott Jones (University of Wolverhampton, UK), Yuka Kobayashi (St. Antony's collage, Oxford), Tran Dinh Lan (Hai Phong Institute of Oceanology, Vietnam), Ho-Ching Lee (Chung-Yuan Christian collage, Taiwan), Tse-Kang Leng (National Chengchi collage, Taiwan), Pham Van Luong (Hai Phong Institute of Oceanology, Vietnam), Mika Merviö (University of Shimane, Japan), Hiroshi Ohta (Aoyama Gakuin collage, Japan), Jak Sangchai (Thailand Ministry of overseas Affairs), Judith Shapiro (American University), Wen-chen Shih (National Dong Hwa college, Taiwan), and Peter Stoett (Concordia collage, Montreal).

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Beyond US Hegemony: Assessing the Prospects for a Multipolar World

By Samir Amin

In this significant new paintings - the results of a life of highbrow engagement - one of many constructing world's most renowned thinkers displays at the instances we are living in. He argues that US hegemony has reached a perilous new point below George Bush Jr, and that the united states President's hubristic militarism will either bring about a unending cycle of wars and block all hopes of social and democratic development, not only in constructing international locations, yet within the North as well.

Samir Amin additionally rejects the hugely ideological concept that the present type of neoliberal capitalism - 'really latest capitalism' within which imperialism is an vital and everlasting half - is an inevitable destiny for humanity, or in reality socially or politically tolerable. while, he's not against globalization as such; certainly he believes the full global this day is irrevocably attached, and that unity in variety is the foremost to the fight for a greater world.

In the physique of the e-book, Amin presents a perspicacious research of developments in the wealthy nations - the united states, Europe and Japan; the emerging powers - China and India; the most probably destiny trajectory of post-Soviet Russia; and the constructing global. The principal query he pursues is whether or not there are different hegemonic blocs which could emerge in time to circumscribe American energy, and constrain unfastened marketplace capitalism and strength it to regulate to calls for except its slim significant fiscal logic.

This very important and thought-provoking ebook identifies the most important worldwide campaigns Samir feels progressives should still release around the globe. 'Another global is possible.' yet, he warns, the varied electorate' routine loosely amassed jointly on the earth Social discussion board needs to chew the political bullet and realize that they could simply rework the area in the event that they search political power.

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A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to Save it

By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

It usually turns out that various crises are competing to devastate civilization. This booklet argues that monetary meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and nutrients shortages must be regarded as a part of an analogous ill process. so much bills of our modern worldwide crises reminiscent of weather swap, or the specter of terrorism, concentrate on one sector, or one other, to the exclusion of others. Nafeez Ahmed argues that the unwillingness of specialists to seem open air their specialisations explains why there's loads confrontation and false impression approximately specific crises. This booklet makes an attempt to enquire all of those crises, no longer as remoted occasions, yet as traits and techniques that belong to a unmarried international approach. we're for that reason no longer facing a "clash of civilizations," as Huntington argued. fairly, we're facing a basic difficulty of civilization itself. This booklet offers a stark caution of the results of failing to take a vast view of the issues dealing with the world.

Reviews:

[Ahmed's] arguments are mostly forceful and well-sourced, with really solid sections on agribusiness, US regulations of 'energy security', and what he phrases the 'securitisation' of normal existence through Western governments. -- dad or mum

How can a dialogue of the all too typical crises of our time be a hopeful booklet? via combining a microscopic dissection of the constitution of every with a telescopic view of the way they weave jointly in an entire method. If the myriad foreign meetings and courses haven't labored, it isn't that we have got to aim more durable yet that we have got to confront the total freed from traditional constraints. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed confronts the full. -- Richard Levins, John Rock Professor of inhabitants Sciences, Harvard tuition of Public wellbeing and fitness, Harvard collage; writer, Evolution in altering Environments

This very important research exposes important truths and demanding situations a lot traditional knowledge. It merits to be largely learn. -- Mark Curtis, Honorary study Fellow, collage of Strathclyde; former Head of coverage, motion relief and Christian relief; former learn Fellow, Royal Institute of overseas Affairs; writer, internet of Deceit: Britain's genuine position on this planet and Unpeople: Britain's mystery Human Rights Abuses

This is a crucial publication. there was a lot dialogue already approximately weather swap, height oil, the price of foodstuff and overpopulation, the worldwide monetary situation busting neoliberal capitalism, the increase of violent extremism, and the containment of the so-called conflict on terror. yet this is often the 1st publication to systematically discover their interconnections and position them inside a unmarried complete narrative. That makes it a truly valuable learn for policy-makers all over the place. -- Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher MP, united kingdom Minister of country for the surroundings (1997-2003); Under-Secretary of country for overall healthiness and Social safety (1975-79); Under-Secretary of kingdom for (1974-75)

Few thinkers weave as many threads right into a tapestry as Nafeez Ahmed has performed so fantastically during this ebook. these people who search to function in the type of capitalism that has developed this present day might do good to invite ourselves a really large query. Are we losing our time? whether it is actual that merely root-to-branch rewriting of the worldwide financial working handbook can shop society from an unliveable destiny, shouldn't we be placing our weight in the back of that re-engineering method sooner than it really is too past due? -- Dr. Jeremy Leggett, united kingdom division of alternate & Industry's Renewables Advisory Board (2002-2006); CEO, Solarcentury, member of united kingdom Taskforce on top Oil & strength safety; writer, part long gone and The Carbon battle Nafeez

Ahmed's ebook confronts the reader with the stark message that existence as we all know it's unsustainable. It offers a chilling enumeration of the existential demanding situations humanity faces, and will in simple terms through certified as positive within the feel that it doesn't go away a unmarried phantasm in position. A must-read yet now not as bed-time studying. -- Kees van der Pijl, Professor of diplomacy, college of worldwide reports, college of Sussex; Chair of division of diplomacy and Director of Centre for international Political economic system (2000-2006); Leverhulme significant examine Fellow; writer, Modes of overseas kin and Political financial system (3 volumes)

A staggeringly finished bird's-eye view of the gaping cracks which are showing in international business civilization. Ahmed weaves a context that makes present financial and geopolitical occasions understandable. that will comprehend why the area is coming aside on the seams and what we will do to put the principles for a sane, peaceable, and sustainable society, learn this ebook. -- Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, submit Carbon Institute; writer, The Party's Over, Powerdown and top every thing

Dr. Ahmed provides the clearest synthesis up to now of the systemic difficulties dealing with human civilization. there's no scarcity of renowned texts on weather switch, monetary demanding situations, strength shortage, and terrorism, yet this paintings is the 1st to successfully combine those different matters right into a compelling and unified process - person who is either obtainable to a wide viewers but grounded in rigorous educational study. -- Jeff Vail, Former US division of the internal Counterterrorism Analyst; former US Air strength Intelligence Officer for international power infrastructure; writer, A concept of energy

In this magisterial exposition of the a number of intersecting demanding situations dealing with humanity in our century Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed issues to genuine suggestions. Armed with the intensity of data and the braveness confirmed during this paintings we will be able to and should build the opposite international that's attainable. we all, yet in particular the early life of our planet may be empowered via examining this e-book. -- David Schwartzman, Professor of Biology, Howard collage, Washington DC; writer, lifestyles, Temperature and the Earth: the self-organizing biosphere

"The e-book is a student-friendly and wide-ranging assessment to the most debates and ideas linked to improvement. i will simply think utilizing the publication at school to assist scholars paintings during the techniques they want so as to grab the assets of poverty and unfairness within the world." --Ian Taylor, division of Political and Administrative reports, collage of Botswana

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Debating Political Identity and Legitimacy in the European Union (Routledge/GARNET series)

How do we conceptualize id and legitimacy within the context of the eu union? what's the position of narratives, political symbols, public debate and institutional practices within the means of id formation and legitimacy consolidation?

Debating Political id and Legitimacy within the eu Union addresses those questions and brings jointly excessive profile students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to discuss the ontological and epistemological facets of analysis on id and legitimacy formation within the ecu. half I investigates key parts reminiscent of the connection among ‘Europeanization’ of the ecu member states and its impact at the political id in their voters; the connection among the politicization of the european and strategies of id and legitimacy formation; and the indispensability of eu identification for legitimizing the european. half II seems at pathways to identification formation and legitimacy development within the european by means of contemplating substitute different types of constitutional legitimacy; political symbolism; Europeanization and politicization of the controversy on european targeting the overseas coverage area.

Bringing jointly a large yet coherent variety of excessive profile views, this e-book will of curiosity to scholars and students of ecu reports, Political technology, Philosophy, Sociology and Law.

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The New Imperialism (Clarendon Lectures in Geography and Environmental Studies)

By David Harvey

Humans around the globe are careworn and anxious. Is it an indication of energy or of weak spot that the united states has by surprise shifted from a politics of consensus to at least one of coercion at the global level? What used to be quite at stake within the conflict on Iraq? was once all of it approximately oil and, if now not, what else used to be concerned? What function has a sagging economic system performed in pushing the united states into overseas adventurism? What precisely is the connection among US militarism in a foreign country and family politics? those are the questions taken up during this compelling and unique e-book. during this heavily argued and obviously written publication, David Harvey, one of many major social theorists of his iteration, builds a conceptual framework to reveal the underlying forces at paintings in the back of those momentous shifts in US regulations and politics. The compulsions in the back of the projection people strength at the international as a "new imperialism" are the following, for the 1st time, laid naked for all to see.

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The Politics of Protest and US Foreign Policy: Performative Construction of the War on Terror (War, Politics and Experience)

By Cami Rowe

This e-book bargains a research of post-9/11 anti-war enterprises within the usa and their position in family international coverage debates.

The second of the 9-11 terrorist assaults has been a lot mentioned in political and cultural scholarship and masses consciousness has been paid to the promoting of "War on Terror" rules. The social mechanisms at the back of the circumscription and legislation of nationwide beliefs attracted severe analyses from students throughout disciplines; but the superiority of scholarly drawback with the detrimental political units of the Bush management every now and then appeared to danger reproducing the hierarchies of energy that underpinned the very factor of outrage, or even the struggle on Terror itself.

By distinction, this publication celebrates the political acts of people dedicated to altering the dominant politics of the Bush period. Drawing on player statement and interviews with the leaders of renowned anti-war companies together with Code red and Iraq Veterans opposed to the conflict, the ebook employs functionality idea to guage the capability of protest to influence lasting social switch. as well as highlighting a frequently disregarded point of international coverage formation, this quantity demonstrates that functionality reports can be utilized as leading edge method of Politics and IR.

This ebook may be of a lot curiosity to scholars people politics and international coverage, theatre experiences, cultural reviews, and important protection and diplomacy.

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The Foreign Policy of the GDR in Africa (Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies)

By Gareth M. Winrow

This ebook offers the 1st complete account of the international coverage of East Germany in Africa from the early Nineteen Fifties to the current day. the writer demanding situations the normal concept that the GDR's position in Africa is simply that of a proxy for the USSR. as a substitute, as he convincingly argues, East German overseas coverage commonly and in Africa particularly, may be understood as a technique either in pursuit of association with the USSR and looking for overseas acceptance and legitimacy.

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Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

By Ahmed Rashid

The no 1 ny occasions bestselling writer presents a surprising research of the main issue in Pakistan and the renewed radicalism threatening Afghanistan and the West.

Ahmed Rashid is “Pakistan’s top and bravest reporter” (Christopher Hitchens). His certain wisdom of this giant and intricate sector permits him a breathtaking imaginative and prescient and nuance that no Western author can emulate.

His booklet Taliban first brought American readers to the brutal regime that hijacked Afghanistan and harbored the terrorist crew accountable for the September 11 assaults. Now, Rashid examines the area and the corridors of energy in Washington and Europe to work out how the promised kingdom construction in those nations has pro-gressed. His conclusions are devastating: An risky and nuclear-armed Pakistan, a renewed al’ Qaeda taking advantage of a booming opium alternate, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. whereas Iraq maintains to draw so much of yankee media and armed forces may perhaps, Rashid argues that Pakistan and Afghanistan are the place the clash will ultimately be performed out and that those failing states pose a graver chance to worldwide protection than the center East.

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and the quandary in Pakistan are just the start. Rashid assesses what her dying capacity for the zone and the longer term. Rashid has exceptional entry to the figures during this international drama, and offers up to the moment research greater than an individual else. Descent Into Chaos will do for relevant Asia what Thomas Rick’s Fiasco did for Iraq — supply a blistering critique of the Bush management and an impassioned name to right our failed technique within the zone.

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