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.

Uniting Europe Through a Common Currency

Uniting Europe through a common currency

This chapter examines efforts by European leaders to bring about a further unification of Europe through the creation of the euro. The pathway of conflict and cooperation these leaders have travelled to reach this point dates back to the end of World War II when Winston Churchill called for creating a United States of Europe. The path has been marked by a series of great successes, but more recently this success has begun to look somewhat hollow. When financial crisis struck some of the newest members of the European Union (EU) in the early twenty-first century, it threatened both further progress toward establishing a United States of Europe and even the existence of the ...

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