Students love good stories. That is why case studies are such a powerful way to engage students while teaching them about concepts fundamental to the study of international relations. Cases in International Relations helps students understand the context of headline events in the international arena. Organized into three main parts—military, economic, and human security—the book's fifteen cases examine enduring and emerging issues from the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict to the rapidly changing field of cyber-security. Compatible with a variety of theoretical perspectives, the cases consider a dispute's origins, issue development, and resolution so that readers see the underlying dynamics of state behavior and can try their hand at applying theory.
Chapter 1: Pathways to Conflict and Cooperation
Pathways to Conflict and Cooperation
To the casual observer, world politics can seem to be little more than a series of random headlines that appear with little or no warning. Reality is more much complex. Events such as the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001; the collapse of the Soviet Union; Western intervention to help remove Muammar Gaddafi from power; and the financial crisis in Greece all have long histories. They will also shape future events in ways that we may not anticipate.
Simply put, problems and opportunities such as these exist in pathways of conflict and cooperation that states travel down during the course of conducting their foreign policies. These pathways are defined by two sets of ...