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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.

The Strategic Perspective: When Foreign Policy Collides with Domestic Politics
The strategic perspective: When foreign policy collides with domestic politics

Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980. Although facing increasing domestic and international criticism, he continues to rule through close affiliations with his ruling party, the ZANU Alliance, and the military. Here, Mugabe (right) talks to Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) director general Happyton Bonyongwe (left) and Army Commander General Constantine Chiwenga (center) on his arrival at Harare International Airport on July 4, 2008.
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