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464 pp.
37 photos/22 figures/23 maps/23 tables, 7" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Introduction to International Studies

Second Edition

Brian Orend

The most student-friendly introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural issues shaping our world today

Now in its second edition, this concise introduction to the wide-ranging field of international studies provides an overview of the political, social, economic, and cultural issues that shape our world. Known for its accessible tone, this text helps students develop a thorough understanding of our increasingly complicated and interconnected world while presenting an informed, Canadian perspective on important global issues.

Readership : Suitable for introduction to international studies courses at the first- and second-year level in political science, geography, philosophy, or international studies programs at universities and colleges.


  • "This text offers a comprehensive overview of the diverse disciplinary approaches to International Studies. Frequent use of illustrative contemporary examples and case studies provide students with tangible applications for the core concepts of the field."
    --Greg Koabel, University of Regina

  • "This textbook is an excellent introduction to international and global studies. The detailed nature of the various case studies presented is especially useful for students to apply theoretical discussion to real world examples."
    --Wayne Zhu, University of Regina

Note: Each chapter includes:
- Learning Objectives
- Introduction
- Conclusion
- Review Questions
- Websites for Further Research
- Notes
Introduction *NEW
Literacy in International Studies
Chapter Ordering and Rationale
Each Chapter's General Structure
Part I: Setting the World Stage
1. Core Concepts and Historical Contexts
State Formation
End of European Imperialism
North versus South
The West versus "the Rest"
Case Study: The American Empire?
2. Population and Environment
Case Study: The French Ban on Muslim Head Scarves and Related Clothing
Case Study: Syria's Civil War and Millions of Refugees
Transition from Human Population to Natural Environment
Environment and Resources
Optimism versus Pessimism
3. Comparative Culture
The Structure and Ideology of the State
Case Study: Iran's Religious Regime
Case Study: Classical Liberalism in the United States
Case Study: Socialist Societies, both Moderate and Democratic, Extreme and Communist Religion
Case Study: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Case Study: Tibet and China
Part II: Core Dynamics: Nation versus World
4. Foreign Policy and International Politics
The Powers
Emerging Powers
Declining Powers
The Goals of Foreign Policy in General
The Tools of Foreign Policy
Case Study: Can-Am Relations
5. International Law and Organization
International Law
The Process of Treaty-Making
International Organization
Case Study: The Birth of an International Institution
Part III: Traditional Issues of Hard Power: Bucks and Bullets
6. International Trade, Finance, and Business
Summarizing the Drivers of Economic Growth
International Trade
Case Study: Asia and Export-Led Development
International Finance
International Business
7. Armed Conflict, Part 1: Causes and Outbreak
War Defined
War's Costs and Casualties
What Causes War, and Is There a Solution?
Regulating the Outbreak of War
Case Study: A Tale of Two Recent Wars, Afghanistan and Iraq
8. Armed Conflict, Part 2: Methods and Aftermaths
Defining Some Military Terms
Fighting a War
Case Study: The My Lai Massacre
Case Study: Child Soldiers
Jus Post Bellum: Aftermath
Case Study: Two Examples of the Retribution Model
Case Study: Reconstructing Germany and Japan
Case Study: Reconstruction Models Applied to Afghanistan and Iraq
Part IV: Newer Issues of Soft Power: Improving Well-Being
9. Human Rights
Recent Human Rights History
Completing the Values Picture: The Point of Human Rights
Realizing Human Rights
International Human Rights Law
Case Study: The European Human Rights System
Other Tools for Human Rights
Case Study: Indigenous Rights
Human Rights NGOs
Women's Human Rights
10. Global Public Health
Health and History
Global Public Health and Other Fields of International Studies
Case Study: The Zika Virus
What Is Health?
What Is Public Health?
Case Study: John Snow and the Tracing of a Cholera Outbreak
A Tale of Two Cities: North versus South
Case Study: The Global Tobacco Epidemic
A Tale of Two Neighbourhoods: North versus North
Global Poverty and Health Inequality
Case Study: Maternal Health
The Other Side of Darkness
Case Study: Smallpox
11. International Aid and Development
Why Should the Developed World Care?
Aid versus Development
Rival Concepts of Development
Sources of Development Assistance
The Three Waves of Development
Case Study: Micro-Finance
12. Conclusion
Could World Government Be the Solution?
Kant's Cosmopolitan Federation
Conclusion: Bottom-Up Pluralism, Revisited

Instructor's Manual:
For each chapter:
· Lecture outline
· 20-30 key terms
· 6+ discussion ideas
· 5+ class activities
Student Study Guide: NEW
For each chapter:
· Chapter summary
· 15-20 key concepts
· 10 multiple choice questions
· 8-10 true-or-false questions
· 3-5 short answer questions
· 3-5 annotated web links
· 4-5 annotated further readings
Test Bank:
For each chapter:
· 35 multiple-choice questions
· 15 true-or-false questions
- 8 short answer questions
· Answers and page references
Power Point Slides:
For each chapter:
· 35-40 lecture outline slides
· Includes tables, figures, maps, and photos from book
E-Book ISBN 9780199018857

Brian Orend is the director of international studies and a professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo.

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Special Features

  • Integrated perspectives from a wide range of disciplines, including history, economics, political science, law, geography, cultural studies, and health sciences, emphasize the way in which all of these subjects are interrelated.
  • Written by a distinguished Canadian author, academic, and international expert on human rights and military conflict, this is the only Canadian text devoted to international studies, offering a Canadian perspective on global issues.
  • Coverage of historical and contemporary issues and debates provides students with a solid foundation of international studies.
  • Engaging case studies in every chapter bring theory to life by exploring real-world issues.
  • Canadian Insights boxes highlight Canadian contributions to global initiatives and concerns.
  • Studies in Technology boxes explore the role of technology in international affairs by examining current topics such as new media and the global digital divide, the Wikileaks scandal, and cyber-warfare.
New to this Edition
  • Four new case studies expose students to relevant issues, including Indigenous rights, the Syrian Civil War, the spread of the Zika virus, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • A new, integrated focus on global environmental politics enables students to develop a deeper understanding of international studies from an environmental perspective.
  • A new introduction to the text takes a narrative approach to defining international studies, guiding students through an understanding of the discipline.
  • Carefully revised statistics and examples offer the most up-to-date coverage in this rapidly changing field in areas such as foreign policy, global public health, international trade and finance, and armed conflict.