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Cases in International Relations

Cases in International Relations
Pathways to Conflict and Cooperation

March 2014 | 376 pages | CQ Press
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.


Instructor Resource Site
Save time and ease class preparation with the additional guidance and tools available for download, including:
  • Case Notes features case study overviews and objectives.
  • A set of all the graphics from the text, including all of the maps, tables, and figures, in PowerPoint, .pdf, and .jpg formats for class presentations.

It has important cases which is used in my teaching. I am sure my students learn very important lesson from these cases.

Dr Bekir Cinar
Politics and International Politics, Epoka University
December 6, 2014

Cases in International Relations is a comprehensive case study book which will be very useful at all levels of IR teaching. It can be used in different courses as it covers a wide ranging subjects including global commons, cybersecurity, world monetary reform as well as more traditional issues of military conflict and cooperation. It will help teachers and students alike in making it much easier to comprehend major issues of IR.

Dr Faruk Yalvac
Dept of International Relations, Middle East Technical University
November 17, 2014
Key features


  • Case Summary boxes at the start of each chapter provide a useful jumping off point: a snapshot of the key issues at play, the global context in which the dispute occurs, key actors and their motives, and relevant IR concepts.
  • A Timeline in every chapter allows students to note, at-a-glance, a case’s major developments in an issue’s escalation and resolution.
  • Concept Focus boxes discuss a germane concept or set of concepts that help students analyze the case at hand.
  • Spotlight boxes highlight an aspect or moment in a dispute’s pathway to conflict and cooperation, bringing added depth to the case.
  • Chapter-ending Case Analysis questions direct students’ attention to the factors involved in decision-making.
    Annotated Suggested Readings and Web Resources point students toward more information.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 7

Chapter 12

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