Designed to complement the main themes of any introductory international relations course, Snow’s bestselling text presents original case studies that survey the state of the international system and look in-depth at current issues. The cases are extremely timely, geopolitically diverse, accessibly written, and of high interest and salience amidst today’s headlines.
Cases cover enduring concepts like sovereignty, diplomacy, and national interest to emerging concerns like foreign election interference, the COVID pandemic, cybersecurity, and global climate change.
Donald M Snow is professor emeritus at the University of Alabama where he taught courses on International Relations, American Defense Policy, and Foreign Policy. He is author of numerous books on national security and American foreign policy, including most recently, The Middle East and American National Security.
Part I. Conceptual Framework
1. Sovereignty: Defining Territorial Integrity and Jurisdiction on the West Bank
2. National Interests and Power: Competing with China
3. The Instruments of Power: Trying to End the Syrian Civil War
4. Diplomacy: Negotiating the US-Mexican Border
Part II. Methods and Mechanics
5. Globalism, Protectionism, and Trade: Free Trade or Not?
6. Rising and Declining Powers: Iran and Russia
7. Internationalism and Unilateralism: Evaluating the Fate of NATO
8. Asymmetrical Warfare: The Forever War in Afghanistan
9. International Meddling and Interference: Russia in U.S. Elections, The United States in Guatemala
Part III. Systemic Problems
10. Nuclear Proliferation: Israel, North Korea, and Iran
11. Power Changes and Status: Superpowers, Pivotal States and the Middle East Conflict
12. Cyberwar and Cybersecurity: May the Force Be with Whom?
13. Maritime Chokepoints, Global Trade and International Competition: The Ever Given Reminder
Part IV. Global Crises
14. The Evolving Nature and Problem of Terror: The Perpetual Threat
15. International Population Movement: Restricting or Increasing Immigration in the United States, Europe, and China
16. Stateless Nations: The Fate of the Palestinians and the Kurds
17. Global Climate Change: Paris and Beyond
18. The Covid-19 Pandemic: “Disease Knows No Frontiers?”
Snow’s text is always relevant due to the continuous and timely updates of the most important issues confronting the international community. Cases in International Relations is an indispensable resource for a variety of courses ranging from introductory to more advanced topics.
Snow always writes with the students in mind, and he’s done it again with a new edition of Cases in International Relations. Timely, revised, and rewritten, each chapter applies a key concept to current cases in world politics. The new chapters are especially relevant, focusing attention on supply chains, election interference, and COVID. As usual for Snow, this is a smart and engaging book that brings students into a conversation about the forces that surround us. It will be a great addition to any course and for any instructor who wants to bring theories and concepts alive for students.
Update! The Russia-Ukraine War. Help students understand the complexity of global current events. This update revises the existing section on Russia (beginning on page 82) in Chapter Six: Rising and Declining Powers to address recent events following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, and some background leading up to the war. View the addendum here: https://rowman.com/WebDocs/CasesInIR9e_Chapter6Addendum.pdf.
- New chapter: International Meddling and Interference: Russia in U.S. Elections, The United States in Guatemala
- New chapter: Maritime Chokepoints, Global Trade and International Competition: The Ever Given Reminder
- New chapter: The Covid-19 Pandemic: "Disease Knows No Frontiers?"