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Global Governance in Transformation Challenges for International Cooperation

Global Governance in Transformation Challenges for International Cooperation

Author: Leonid Grigoryev Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

This book analyzes the state of global governance in the current geopolitical environment. It evaluates the main challenges and discusses potential opportunities for compromise in international cooperation. The book's analysis is based on the universal criteria of global political stability and the UN framework of sustainable development. By examining various global problems, including global economic inequality, legal and political aspects of access to resources, international trade, and climate change, as well as the attendant global economic and political confrontations between key global actors, the book identifies a growing crisis and the pressing need to transform the current system of global governance. In turn, it discusses various instruments, measures and international regulation mechanisms that can foster international cooperation in order to overcome global problems. Addressing a broad range of topics, e.g. the international environmental regime, global financial problems, issues in connection with the energy transition, and the role of BRICS countries in global governance, the book will appeal to scholars in international relations, economics and law, as well as policy-makers in government offices and international organizations.

International Relations Theory

International Relations Theory

Author: Paul R. Viotti, Mark V. Kauppi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

We propose a sixth edition of our textbook that, since it was first published in 1987, has influenced two generations of IR scholars and practitioners. After four decades of teaching, we have learned to communicate difficult or complex ideas, concepts, and theories succinctly, and without watering down their content. Addressing the complexities of IR theory in particular, our book is written in plain language readily understood by both graduate and undergraduate audiences, as well as English-speaking and English-as-second-language (ESL) international students. Over the years, IR doctoral students-many of whom are now professors or serve in policy-related positions, have approached us at conferences to confide that they found our book helpful in preparing for their doctoral exams. We do not present laundry lists of IR theories one finds in other books. By contrast, we employ a framework or taxonomy of alternative images-or world views-that underlie present-day IR theory (i.e., realism, liberalism, economic structuralism, and the English School). Driven by one or another of these images, theorists also wear different interpretive lenses that profoundly influence their theorizing (positivism, feminism and those related to phenomenological understandings-post-modernism, critical theory, and constructivism). Both images and interpretive lenses have their place in our IR theory framework. This taxonomy weaves or integrates diverse and cross-cutting theoretical threads or strands into a meaningful whole cloth approach not found in other volumes

Introduction to International Politics Global Challenges and Policy Responses

Introduction to International Politics Global Challenges and Policy Responses

Author: Glenn P., Professor Hastedt, William F. Felice Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

This is a first edition core text for freshman/sophomore-level courses on International Relations-the second largest course market in political science. Introduction to international politics courses typically have multiple goals. On the one hand, instructors seek to introduce students to the discipline through readings and discussions of foundational theoretical perspectives and ongoing debates. On the other hand, instructors seek to help students become informed participants in policy debates about foreign policy and international politics issues by highlighting pressing contemporary issues. Effectively addressing both concerns requires more than simply including both topics in the course syllabus or in a textbook. It requires making systematic linkages between theory and policy. This is a long standing challenge in international politics, one raised many years ago by Alexander George in Bridging the Gap in which he called for greater communication between academic scholars and practitioners. This text seeks to link theory and policy in an organized and efficient fashion that does not ignore or slight the conceptual discussion of international relations or simply chase newspaper headlines. Chapters are organized around Global Challenges and Policy Responses. The challenges are presented as concrete policy problems relevant to the theme of the chapter. The discussion of responses emphasize concrete actions being taken or proposed by international organizations, the foreign policies of key states, international agreements, and actions taken by NGOs. Theoretical insights are used to help students understand challenges, think about solutions, and learn from the past.

International Relations Theory

International Relations Theory

Author: Paul R. Viotti, Mark V. Kauppi Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

We propose a sixth edition of our textbook that, since it was first published in 1987, has influenced two generations of IR scholars and practitioners. After four decades of teaching, we have learned to communicate difficult or complex ideas, concepts, and theories succinctly, and without watering down their content. Addressing the complexities of IR theory in particular, our book is written in plain language readily understood by both graduate and undergraduate audiences, as well as English-speaking and English-as-second-language (ESL) international students. Over the years, IR doctoral students-many of whom are now professors or serve in policy-related positions, have approached us at conferences to confide that they found our book helpful in preparing for their doctoral exams. We do not present laundry lists of IR theories one finds in other books. By contrast, we employ a framework or taxonomy of alternative images-or world views-that underlie present-day IR theory (i.e., realism, liberalism, economic structuralism, and the English School). Driven by one or another of these images, theorists also wear different interpretive lenses that profoundly influence their theorizing (positivism, feminism and those related to phenomenological understandings-post-modernism, critical theory, and constructivism). Both images and interpretive lenses have their place in our IR theory framework. This taxonomy weaves or integrates diverse and cross-cutting theoretical threads or strands into a meaningful whole cloth approach not found in other volumes

Restoring the Global Judiciary Why the Supreme Court Should Rule in U.S. Foreign Affairs

Restoring the Global Judiciary Why the Supreme Court Should Rule in U.S. Foreign Affairs

Author: Martin S. Flaherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Why there should be a larger role for the judiciary in American foreign relations In the past several decades, there has been a growing chorus of voices contending that the Supreme Court and federal judiciary should stay out of foreign affairs and leave the field to Congress and the president. Challenging this idea, Restoring the Global Judiciary argues instead for a robust judicial role in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. With an innovative combination of constitutional history, international relations theory, and legal doctrine, Martin Flaherty demonstrates that the Supreme Court and federal judiciary have the power and duty to apply the law without deference to the other branches. Turning first to the founding of the nation, Flaherty shows that the Constitution's original commitment to separation of powers was as strong in foreign as domestic matters, not least because the document shifted enormous authority to the new federal government. This initial conception eroded as the nation rose from fledgling state to superpower, fueling the growth of a dangerously formidable executive that today asserts near-plenary foreign affairs authority. Flaherty explores how modern international relations makes the commitment to balance among the branches of government all the more critical and he considers implications for modern controversies that the judiciary will continue to confront. At a time when executive and legislative actions in the name of U.S. foreign policy are only increasing, Restoring the Global Judiciary makes the case for a zealous judicial defense of fundamental rights involving global affairs.

The Trouble with Taiwan History, the United States and a Rising China

The Trouble with Taiwan History, the United States and a Rising China

Author: Kerry Brown, Kalley Wu Tzu Hui Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Taiwan is one of the great paradoxes of the international order. A place with its own flag, currency, government and military, but which most of the world does not recognise as a sovereign country. An island that China regards as a `rebellious province', but which has managed to survive defiantly for decades as an independent nation. However, with its neighbour China now a major power on the world stage and with its ally United States looking increasingly inward, Taiwan's position has never been more precarious. Kerry Brown and Kalley Wu Tzu Hu reveal how the island's shifting fortunes have been shaped by centuries of conquest and by a cast of dynamic characters, by Cold War intrigue and the rise of its neighbour as a global power, explaining how this tiny island, caught between the agendas of two superpowers, is attempting to find its place in a rapidly changing world order. The Trouble with Taiwan relates the story of a fascinating nation and culture, and how its disputed status speaks to a wider, global story about Chinese control and waning US influence.

How Sentiment Matters in International Relations China and the South China Sea Dispute

How Sentiment Matters in International Relations China and the South China Sea Dispute

Author: David Groten Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

The rise of the People's Republic of China represents a major challenge for global politics at large and regional stability in Southeast Asia in specific. This book reveals that growing disrespect experiences perceived by the Chinese side over time have contributed to the People's Republic's increasingly bold and proactive stance toward the South China Sea dispute and, ultimately, to growing regional tensions and a hardening of the stakeholders' positions respectively. Based upon the book's findings, however, conflict is regarded as not inevitable and a number of implications and policy recommendations are provided accordingly. The People's Republic of China represents Southeast Asia's most influential and potent actor. Its growing economic, military and political influence in this fragile, unbalanced and conflict-prone region constitutes a major challenge to future regional order, peace and stability. Tensions are particularly evident in the South China Sea (SCS). The latter is witnessing a multidimensional and tremendously complex dispute on highly sensitive issues of maritime border delimitation and territorial sovereignty. This books aims to complement existing theoretical and empirical approaches to the SCS dispute, which traditionally focus on geopolitics, security interests and economic considerations. Departing from the assumption that such variables alone are not capable of providing a comprehensive account of the increasingly entrenched situation in the SCS, let alone China's changing stance toward it, the author argues that disrespect experiences and insufficient consideration of cognitive needs actively shape the type and scope of China's foreign policy preferences and behavior. This approach is chosen for the purpose of gaining a more accurate understanding of China's policy choices and preference formation processes with regard to the SCS over time as well as working out associated respect-related motives and dynamics. In order to accomplish this, an in-depth qualitative content analysis of documents published by leading Chinese foreign policy think tanks between 2010 and 2016 was conducted. The outcome of the analysis suggests that respect dynamics are both omnipresent and significant in Chinese assessments of external behavior in the SCS. It is concluded that a causal link between an increase in disrespect experienced by the Chinese side and shifts in China's SCS policy in favor of a less cooperative and more assertive, uncompromising and more proactive approach is highly plausible. Essentially, perceived disrespect promoted empathy deficits, negative sentiments, and, ultimately, appeared to have adversely affected the PRC's policy preferences with a direct impact on regional instability. Hence, experts and politicians are well-advised to intensify their efforts to thoroughly acknowledge the PRC's and other SCS stakeholders' cognitive respect needs and resulting predicaments and dynamics if they wish to sustainably prevent conflict escalation in the SCS and to mitigate regional tensions at large.

Arsenal of Autocracy Russia and China's Military Strategy in a Multipolar World

Arsenal of Autocracy Russia and China's Military Strategy in a Multipolar World

Author: Alexandr Burilkov Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

This book explores the military strategy and military modernization of Russia and China post-2001. In a complex international system where US power wanes and new powers emerge, Russia and China are the most notable and potent challengers to the post-Cold War world order centred on the West, the US, and NATO. The security challenge these powers pose is enhanced by their unique military histories and ways of war, which are driven by their status as revisionist powers, and are tailored to counter the advantages of the Western way of war. The existing world order is a period of transition, as US power wanes since its unipolar moment in the 1990s, and new powers emerge to challenge the status quo. The most notable of these emerging revisionist powers are Russia and China, which seek to redistribute power in the international system to a configuration that better suits them and expands their regional and global influence and power projection. The challenge these powers present to Western militaries is closely linked to their own military strategies, strategic cultures, and operational art, which are substantially different from that of the West, draw on a tradition beginning with the early Soviet Union's international isolation, and are specifically tailored to counter Western strategies. Russia has weathered Western sanctions, while China the pivot to Asia , and their military modernization continues apace. Furthermore, their ways of war are diffusing to other revisionist actors, from Iran's bid for regional hegemony to paramilitary groups on the fringes of the post-Soviet space. This book explores and compares the contemporary military strategy of Russia and China to shed light on its sources, its linkages and diffusion, and the outlook for an increasingly multipolar world.

The Future of US Strategy in Southeast Asia

The Future of US Strategy in Southeast Asia

Author: Benjamin (Macquarie University, Australia) Schreer Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

The rise of China presents a major challenge for US strategy in Southeast Asia, the US's allies and key security partners in the region having increasingly to confront a strategic choice between Washington and Beijing. This book assesses how the strategic relationships between the USA and the countries of the region are changing in the light of China's rise. It considers the position for America's formal allies - the Philippines and Thailand, its de facto ally - Singapore, and the other countries of the region - Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam - with whom the US has recently had increasingly close ties. The book concludes with an assessment of the overall impact on US strategy in the region.

The Demise of the Soviet Union Analysing the Collapse of a State

The Demise of the Soviet Union Analysing the Collapse of a State

Author: Jan Hallenberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

This title was first published in 2002: Designed as a research text for academics in higher education and interested practitioners, this volume weaves together an original strand of international relations theory with key empirical case studies of the United States, United Kingdom, France and Sweden, and their attitudes towards the Soviet Union. Original in nature and composition, the book deals with aspects of predictability in foreign policy and gauges the level of impact that international events have on domestic levels of awareness. The hypothesis and the typology are solid, giving the book its strong analytical structure. In sum, this book is cutting edge. It will be of great use as a research text to those studying the countries of Western Europe, and also those with an interest in Russia and the Soviet Union. Given its strong theoretical content and its choices of case study, this cross-disciplinary text is also suitable for area studies in general.

The War on Drugs and Anglo-American Relations Lessons from Afghanistan, 2001-2011

The War on Drugs and Anglo-American Relations Lessons from Afghanistan, 2001-2011

Author: Philip A. Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

Reveals the inside story of the formulation and implementation of the US and UK's counter-narcotics policies in Afghanistan Through interviews with key policy practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic, this study reveals the complex picture of counter narcotics strategy in Afghanistan. It highlights the key points of cooperation and contention, and details the often contradictory and competitive objectives of the overall war effort in Afghanistan. Western counter-narcotics policies in Afghanistan failed dismally after opium poppy cultivation surged to unprecedented levels. The Anglo-American partnership at the centre of this battleground was divided by competing and opposing views of how to address the opium problem, which troubled the well-established Anglo-American relationship.