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3 October 2022 - 19 October 2022

"This course introduces you to theories of international politics used to assess strategic problems in the international arena."

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Internet Resources
Listed below is on-line information about books and their authors used in this course.

BLOCK 1:  The Development of International Relations and IR Theory

1. The Development of Modern International Relations

Barry Buzan    Biography
George Lawson     Biography
The Global Transformation:  History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations     Review 1     Review 2

2.  International Order

Hedley Bull    Biography
The Anarchical Society:  A Study of Order in World Politics    Review 1       Review 2

3.  Distribution of Power in an Anarchic System

John J. Mearsheimer    Biography
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics    Review

4.  Hegemonic Stability Theory and the Breakdown of Order

Robert Gilpin      Interview
War and Change in World Politics     Review 

5.  Rise of the Liberal International Order  

G. John Ikenberry     Biography
Liberal Leviathan:  The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order     Review 1      Review 2    Publisher's Description

6.  International Politics, Socially Constructed

Stacey E. Goddard     Biography
When Right Makes Might:  Rising Powers and World Order   Review


BLOCK 2:  International Relations and Strategic Dilemmas

7.  US/China/Taiwan Security Dilemma

Stephen Hartnett     Biography
A World of Turmoil:  The United States, China, and Taiwan in the Long Cold War     Publisher Description

8.  The Russia Problem

Graeme P. Herd        Biography
Understanding Russian Strategic Behavior:  Imperial Strategic Culture and Putin's Operational Code      Review  (Scroll down)     Publisher Description

9.  The People Problem

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita    Biography  (click on "Read More")
Alastair Smith      Biography  (click on "CV")
The Dictator's Handbook:  Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics     Interview (Interview with Alistair Smith about the book)  Review

10.  The Money Trap

William J. Norris      Biography
Chinese Economic Statecraft:  Commercial Actors, Grand Strategy and State Control     Review 1     Review 2

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