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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, who set the standard for the scientific approach to international relations, has returned with a reformulated fifth edition based on extensive reviewer feedback and newly guided by an emphasis on questions about the causes and consequences of war, peace, and world order. More than ever before, the strategic perspective in international relations is examined with complete clarity, precision, and accessibility. What hasn't changed is Bueno de Mesquita's commitment to covering the fundamentals of IR. The foundational topics are all given sustained treatment: the major theories of war, the domestic sources of international politics, the democratic peace, the problems of terrorism, the role of foreign aid, democratization, international political economy, globalization, international organizations and law, human rights, and the global environment. Â ...
Chapter 5: Why War? The Big Picture
Why War? The Big Picture
The age-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians was exacerbated by the establishment of the state of Israel following World War II, and a peaceful resolution seems unlikely to many worldwide. Evidence of the violence, such as these buildings destroyed in Israeli airstrikes in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip in January 2009, is apparent throughout the region, and although the United Nations and other international organizations have called for a cease-fire, neither side appears willing to step back.