International Studies: Global Forces, Interactions, and Tensions
Author: Straus, Scott A.
Brand: CQ Press
Number Of Pages: 472
Release Date: 15-10-2018
Details: Product Description The challenge of teaching international studies is to help you 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 you 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 you 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 you to ask and answer for yourself―Who is interacting? Where did such interactions develop? What policies or institutions govern them? Why are they getting certain global and local reactions? You are then apply the framework to the global problems that matter most to you: 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. Review "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 "I think the interactive and interdisciplinary approach will make this book stand out." -- Bora Pajo "This is a very good introduction to international affairs… well-organized, up-to-date, and lucid." -- Brandon Kendhammer "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 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 About the Author Scott Straus is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science and Professor of International Studies. Straus works on violence, human rights, and African politics. His most recent books are Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (US Holocuast Memorial Museum, 2016) and Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa (Cornell, 2015), which won awards from the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association. Straus has published articles in American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Politics and Society, Foreign Affairs, Perspectives on Politics, African Affairs, Terrorism and Political Violence, Genocide Studies and Prevention, The Journal of Genocide Research, and other journals; he translated The Great Lakes of Africa: Two Thousand Years of History (Zone 2003); and he has received fellowships from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the United States Institute
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