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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.

Global Warming: Designing a Solution
Global warming: Designing a solution

Protestors bury their heads in the sand with flags illustrating different countries during a climate change summit held in the city of Durban, South Africa, on December 2, 2011. At a time of deep concern over global warming, a group of scientists, philosophers, and legal scholars examined whether human intervention could artificially cool the earth and what would happen if it did. While there is broad scientific agreement on the dangers of global warming, few have demonstrated a sincere willingness to adopt painful, costly changes in their behavior, preferring, instead, to bury their heads in the sand and hope future leaders will address the problem.
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