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.

Governing the Global Commons of the Arctic

Governing the global commons of the Arctic

In this chapter we examine the challenges of cooperating on a pathway that is still very much under construction. Our concern is with the Arctic, a region that for two very different reasons has long lacked any clear set of international rules promoting cooperation among states or limiting conflict between countries operating within its boundaries. First, in the past the Arctic was considered a remote geographic area of little economic value, so countries had little reason to be interested in it. Second, flying over the Arctic or going underneath its waters constituted the shortest route for Russian and American missiles and submarines to reach each other's territory.

These reasons are no longer valid. ...

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