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.

Responding to Terrorism After 9/11

Responding to terrorism after 9/11

In previous chapters we have dealt with interstate war and recurring wars between states, both of which involved the policies of sovereign governments toward other sovereign governments. In this chapter we look at a different dynamic—states pitted against transnational nonstate actors. Specifically, we examine how the United States has responded to the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda, especially after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Those attacks changed the nature of the way the United States has responded to threats from al-Qaeda and terrorist groups generally. Under the leadership of George W. Bush, the United States launched a so-called Global War on Terror (GWOT) aimed at attacking al-Qaeda and affiliated individuals and organizations around the world. Under ...

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