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International Studies
Global Forces, Interactions, and Tensions

Second Edition


February 2021 | 544 pages | CQ Press

The challenge of teaching international studies is to help students 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 introduce students to the foundations of the course; the major actors, institutions and theories; as well as the contemporary problems that will matter most to students.

In the fully updated Second Edition, the authors give students a clear framework that pinpoints how key factors—forces, interactions, and tensions—contribute to current world events and global problems like human rights abuses, economic inequality, pandemic and global health responses, and food security. The book raises the bar for the Introduction to International Studies course and is relevant to students from a wide variety of backgrounds with diverse interests in geography, sociology, political science, and anthropology.

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PREFACE
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 
PART I FOUNDATIONS
 
CHAPTER 1. Global Interactions and Global Tensions
A FRAMEWORK FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

 
GLOBAL INTERACTIONS

 
GLOBAL TENSIONS

 
AN INSIDE-OUT/OUTSIDE-IN APPROACH

 
GLOBAL FORCES

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 2. The Making of Our Global Age: Forces, Interactions, and Tensions Since 1800
THE FIRST GLOBAL AGE: INCREASING GLOBAL INTERACTIONS

 
BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND GLOBAL AGES: WARS, HOT AND COLD, AND NEW INTERACTIONS

 
THE SECOND GLOBAL AGE: AN EXPLOSION OF GLOBAL FINANCE, INTERNATIONAL INTERACTIONS, AND NEW TENSIONS

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 3. States: Shapers and Subjects of Global Interactions
THE AGE OF STATES: BORN FROM A CYCLE OF INTERACTIONS

 
WHAT DOES A STATE DO?

 
WHERE DO STATES COME FROM? FORCES SHAPING THE MODERN STATE

 
THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF STATES

 
IS THE STATE FIT FOR PURPOSE? MODERN CHALLENGES TO STATES

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 4. Intergovernmental Organizations: Sites of Global Governance
PROBLEMS WITHOUT PASSPORTS

 
IGOS: THE BASICS

 
WHAT DO IGOS DO?

 
THE UNITED NATIONS: MEDIATING GLOBAL TENSIONS

 
DO IGOS ACTUALLY MATTER? THREE VIEWS

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 5 Civil Society: Agents of Change in Global Interactions
WHO CARES ABOUT CECIL THE LION?

 
WHAT IS CIVIL SOCIETY?

 
WHO IS CIVIL SOCIETY?

 
RECENT HISTORY OF GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY: RISE OF A NEW GLOBAL FORCE

 
CIVIL SOCIETY ON THE GLOBAL STAGE

 
HOW DOES CIVIL SOCIETY HAVE AN IMPACT?

 
CRITICISMS OF GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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CHAPTER 6. Social Identities and Culture: Shaping Interactions at the Individual and Societal Levels
WHAT ARE SOCIAL IDENTITIES AND CULTURE?

 
GLOBAL INTERACTIONS AND FORCES IMPACT IDENTITY AND CULTURE

 
WHICH SOCIAL IDENTITIES MATTER?

 
WHY DO SOME SOCIAL IDENTITIES MATTER MORE THAN OTHERS?

 
SOCIAL IDENTITIES AND GLOBAL CHALLENGES

 
UNDERSTANDING CULTURE

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 7. Money: Propelling Global Interactions
WHY GLOBAL MONEY MATTERS

 
WHAT IS CAPITALISM?

 
TRADE

 
FINANCE: BORROWERS, LENDERS, AND DEBT

 
TWO TYPES OF CROSS-BORDER INVESTMENT

 
FINANCIAL HYPERGLOBALIZATION AND THE GLOBAL

 
FINANCIAL CRISIS

 
CURRENCIES

 
BRINGING TRADE, FINANCE, AND CURRENCIES TOGETHER

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
PART II. GLOBAL CHALLENGES
 
CHAPTER 8. Democracy and Representation: Struggles for Freedom and Efforts to Restrict It
A CRITICAL MOMENT FOR DEMOCRACY

 
WHAT DO DEMOCRACIES CONSIST OF?

 
WHAT DO DICTATORSHIPS CONSIST OF?

 
TRENDS IN DEMOCRATIZATION

 
THE PROCESS OF DEMOCRATIZATION

 
DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATION

 
DEMOCRACY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES THEMES

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 9. Human Rights: The Challenge of Setting and Enforcing Global Norms
WHAT IS THE HUMAN RIGHTS REGIME?

 
HUMAN RIGHTS AT THE UN LEVEL: ROOTS OF THE TENSION BETWEEN UNIVERSAL RIGHTS AND STATE SOVEREIGNTY

 
REGIONAL APPROACHES TO HUMAN RIGHTS

 
WHAT ROLES DO NONSTATE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTORS PLAY?

 
DO HUMAN RIGHTS WORK?

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 10. Development: The Challenge of Global Poverty
A PICTURE OF UNEVEN GLOBAL POVERTY

 
WHAT IS DEVELOPMENT, AND HOW IS IT MEASURED?

 
WHY ARE SOME COUNTRIES POOR?

 
HOW CAN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES GROW THEIR ECONOMIES? FIVE THEORIES

 
THE ROLE OF FOREIGN AID

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 11. Civil Wars and Terrorism: New Global Security Challenges and Efforts to Manage Them
WHAT ARE CIVIL WARS?

 
WHAT IS TERRORISM?

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 12. Migration: Confronting the Myths of Human Movement
WHAT IS MIGRATION?

 
TRENDS IN GLOBAL MIGRATION: FACTS AND MYTHS

 
WHY DO PEOPLE MIGRATE? PUSH, PULL, AND POLICY FACTORS

 
THE IMPACTS OF INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION

 
BRAIN DRAIN OR BRAIN GAIN?

 
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND MODERN SLAVERY

 
CAN MIGRATION BE GOVERNED GLOBALLY?

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 13. Global Health: Addressing Inequalities in Outcomes
BUGS DO NOT RESPECT BORDERS, AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL STUDIES THEMES

 
WHAT IS GLOBAL HEALTH?

 
GLOBAL HEALTH OUTCOMES HIGHLIGHT SYSTEMIC INEQUALITIES

 
THE GLOBAL HIV AND AIDS PANDEMIC

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 14. Global Environment: Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change
WHAT IS CLIMATE CHANGE?

 
EMPIRICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

 
PREDICTIONS ABOUT FUTURE CLIMATE CHANGE

 
IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

 
RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE: GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

 
OTHER APPROACHES TO CLIMATE CHANGE

 
CLIMATE CHANGE AND CROSS-CUTTING GLOBAL FORCES

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
CHAPTER 15. Global Food: How Can We Solve World Hunger?
GLOBAL HUNGER AND A GROWING POPULATION: IS THERE ENOUGH FOOD?

 
IF THERE IS ENOUGH FOOD, WHY DO FAMINES OCCUR?

 
REDUCING HUNGER: FOOD SECURITY OR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

 
WHO RUNS GLOBAL FOOD?

 
TRACING GLOBAL FOOD: VALUE CHAINS

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

 
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NOTES

 
 
GLOSSARY
 
INDEX

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Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New and updated examples keep students engaged and give them a better understanding of current global issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the #MeToo movement, the populist/nationalist backlash to globalization, Brexit, how Chinese currency affects Zambian poverty, surveillance capitalism, and Greta Thunberg’s impact on climate change.
  • Updated scholarship introduces students to the latest social scientific research that they can use to develop a better understanding of the issues.
  • Updated photos, figures, tables, and maps help students conceptualize the global forces, interactions, and tensions being presented in each chapter.
KEY FEATURES:

Connections between key content and the book’s framework are reinforced throughout the book, such as:
  • IS from the Outside-In boxes examine a global event’s effect on local communities while IS from the Inside-Out boxes reverse the perspective and focus on a local community’s effect on the world. Critical thinking questions are included for each to encourage a deeper understanding of the content.
  • Global Forces, Interactions, and Tensions graphics provide visual summaries of the connections between who, what, where and why.
  • End-of-chapter questions invite students to make further connections between the content and framework

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