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Security and International Relations

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  • Helping students identify and discuss main issues in international security today, this book evaluates the contending schools of thought and their key assumptions. It explains why states use-- or chose not to use--force to promote their causes. Each philosophy is tested in terms of its capacity to explain the rise and demise of the Cold War and to address the security challenges confronting the peoples and states of the twenty-first century. The book also contains essay questions and guides to further reading.

    • Presents students of international relations with the critical conceptual tools to develop their expertise in security studies
    • Defines security broadly to encompass currently contesting paradigms and approaches, making the book of interest to all competing schools of thought
    • Comprehensive and accessible, and includes essay questions and guides to further reading
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    "This is a valuable resource for scholars as well as a text for students. It is the most comprehensive survey of alternative ways of thinking about international security available. Maintaining theoretical and methodological rigor while integrating security studies into the larger field of international relations is a monumental achievement." David A. Baldwin, Professor of World Order Studies and Political Science, Columbia University

    "Security and International Relations is a very welcome addition to the literature in both the field of international relations and that of security studies. Clear and forceful prose, balanced analysis, and comprehensive coverage make the volume a superb introduction for both advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Unlike so much of the recent literature in the field which begins with the assumption that the author has found "truth" and proceeds to demonstrate the superiority of "this approach" over all others, Kolodziej's text guides the reader through the complexities of identifying the problems of concern in determining why and when state actors decide to use force, as well as to the strengths and weaknesses of the myriad theoretical approaches to IR and security studies." Roger E. Kanet, Professor of International Studies, University of Miami

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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511128653
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction to International Security and Security Studies:
    1. International relations and international security: boundaries, levels of analysis, and falsifying theories
    2. The foundations of security studies: Hobbes, Clausewitz and Thucydides
    3. Testing security theories: explaining the rise and demise of the Cold War
    Part II. Contending Security Theories:
    4. Realism, neo-realism and liberal institutionalism
    5. Economic liberalism and Marxism
    Part III. Validating Security Theories:
    6. Behaviorism
    7. Constructivism
    Conclusions:
    8. Whither international security and security studies?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Seminar in Security Policy Studies
  • Author

    Edward A. Kolodziej, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Edward A. Kolodziej is Director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is also the first Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security at Illinois. Professor Kolodziej has written or edited thirteen books on security and foreign policy. His latest publication is an edited volume, A Force Profonde: The Power, Politics, and Promise of Human Rights (2003).

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