Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wilkinson: International Relations: A Very Short Introduction

Paul Wilkinson (Univ. of St. Andrews - Int'l Relations) has published International Relations: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford Univ. Press 2007). Here's the abstract:
In the post-September 11th arena of growing political tension and unease, it is more important than ever that we understand the changing world of modern international relations. With this comprehensive and accessible book, Paul Wilkinson covers the topics that are essential to our knowledge of this complex subject. He explains the theories and the practices that underlie international relations, and investigates issues ranging from foreign policy, arms control, and terrorism, to the environment and world poverty. Wilkinson examines key questions such as how the international state system might be improved to facilitate better relations between states, explores the roles of international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union, and discusses the influences that ethnic, and religious movements, and terrorist groups have had on shaping the way states and governments interact.