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IR - Vantage Learning Platform

IR - Vantage Learning Platform
Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World

Fourth Edition

March 2021 | CQ Press
ISBN: 978-1-0718-2907-3

About IR, Fourth Edition

Why is it so difficult to achieve peace and cooperation in world politics? How do countries get what they want? Do rules and norms matter in the international arena?

IR: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World 
invites students to participate in these debates by providing a clear introduction to not just what happens, but why and how it happens. Assuming no prior knowledge about international relations, award-winning teachers and scholars James M. Scott, Ralph G. Carter, and A. Cooper Drury meet students where they are and provides them with a framework to make sense of the complicated events and interactions of world politics.

Thoroughly updated, the Fourth Edition provides insights into the changing nature of power in the global system and the greatest challenges to international order, including the populist backlash against globalization, Russian assertiveness and China’s growing influence, cyberwarfare, COVID-19, and climate change.

About IR: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World, Fourth Edition - Vantage Digital Option


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Why is it so difficult to achieve peace and cooperation in world politics? How do countries get what they want? Do rules and norms matter in the international arena?

IR: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World invites students to participate in these debates by providing a clear introduction to not just what happens, but why and how it happens. IR - Vantage Digital Option, Fourth Edition delivers the trusted content from Scott, Carter, and Drury’s text on Sage Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that features auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including assignable video and data literacy activities—all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. It offers easy course setup and enables students to better prepare for class. For a personalized demo, please contact your Sage representative.

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CHAPTER 1. WORLD POLITICS: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Complicated and Connected World
CHAPTER 2. THE PLAYERS AND THE PLAYING FIELD: Anarchy, States, and Non-State Actors
CHAPTER 3. POWERFUL IDEAS: Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism
CHAPTER 5. UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT: The Nature and Causes of Conflict and War
CHAPTER 6. SEEKING SECURITY: Managing Conflict and War
CHAPTER 7. BUILDING PEACE: Structures of Cooperation
CHAPTER 8. THE PURSUIT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY: Trade, Finance, and Integration
CHAPTER 9. ECONOMIC STATECRAFT: Sanctions, Aid, and Their Consequences
CHAPTER 10. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Relations Between the Haves and Have-Nots
CHAPTER 11. HUMAN RIGHTS: People, Human Security, and World Politics


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  • Important global events and trends of recent years keep students engaged with issues related to changing power and leadership globally, the nature of and challenges to international order, backlash against globalization, and public health issues including COVID-19.
  • Restructured and organized for conceptual clarity, the discussion of diplomacy (previously in chapter 2) has been moved and integrated into chapter 7—enabling students to connect diplomacy to important international topics such as the challenges of Brexit, populist backlashes to globalization, and EU reform plans.
  • Throughout the text, chapter features – opening vignettes, feature boxes, end-of-chapter puzzles – are updated or replaced to be timely and current. Topical revisions and updates strengthen the coverage and relevance of the text, including treatment of cyberspace/cyberwar, public health, and topics such as immigration, refugees, and others.
  • New and updated tables, charts, maps, and photographs illustrate important political events and players and bring concepts to life for today’s students.

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