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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 No other introductory text delivers such an easily-understood contemporary explanation of international politics, while truly enabling students to learn to mobilize the key concepts and models.

A Democratic World Order: Peace Without Democratization
A democratic world order: Peace without democratization

Tyranny and corrupt rule may be defeated by coalitions of international powers, as was the case in World War II, when German high officials were ultimately forced to sign documents of surrender after Allied forces overran the Axis powers in 1945. They may also fall to domestic opposition, as was the case in November 1996, when Mobutu Sese Seko was ousted from the presidency by rebel forces in his own country of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo).
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