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Conflict and Cooperation: Evolving Theories of International Relations Paperback – November 27, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0534506902 ISBN-10: 0534506909 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2nd edition (November 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534506909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534506902
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marc Genest is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island and an Adjunct Professor at the United States Naval War College. He also serves as a political commentator for local radio and news stations as well as for RI and national print media. Currently, Dr. Genest is serving as a visiting professor in the Strategy and Policy Department at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. While at the War College, he will teach graduate seminars in defense policy and conduct research on international terrorism. His current work is entitled, "21st Century Terrorism: The Challenge of Global Guerilla Warfare". In 2000, Dr. Genest was a Visiting Professor of International Security at the Air Force War College in Montgomery, Alabama. He also served as a Consultant for the Department of Defense where Genest instructed military personnel on international security, American foreign policy and international politics while deployed in the South Pacific and Far East. Professor Genest earned his Ph.D. in International Politics from Georgetown University. He has received fellowships, grants and awards from numerous organizations including the United States Institute of Peace, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the Harry S. Truman Foundation. Among his other experiences, Dr. Genest was an International Banking Officer at Security Pacific National Bank in Los Angeles, he worked on Capitol Hill for Senator John Chafee and Representative Claudine Schneider and has extensive experience working on state and federal political campaigns.

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He stimulated our minds, was very engaging, and even thought provoking. He also used humor to convey topics of interest. He was able to bring a potentially dry subject to life. This book is nothing like that. It's informative, but I found myself nodding off more than once while reading this material, during the middle of day. I sojourned on and read, and I tried not to get caught up in the technicalities, so I could at least have a basic understanding of certain concepts: realism, liberalism, class system, feminism (on a system level), etc.. This book did enlighten me on how poli sci is a multidisciplinary subject that is applicable to everyday life and topics: economics, psychology, sociology, history, etc..

A major bone of contention for me was the length and division of the chapters. The chapters could get rather long, and they were written in outline format due to the "readings". The book was only (?) 10 chapters. I like having closure and a feeling that progress is being made. The first chapter was only 38 pages, not a problem. However, subsequent chapters reached over 100 pages. It's an organizational thing, I realize. I would have organized the book a little differently, but I see why the author did it that way, I just didn't agree with the system of delivery.

Another bone of contention was that some of the sources were rather outdated, or non-current. I wouldn't call them irrelevant, but I would have preferred more current sources (the 50s seem rather dated, and the author even took us back 500 years). There should be new information, no? There should be modern opinions and tests of theories and debunking of theories. I'm not a fan of the subject of history, so this is my bias, of which I am fully aware of.
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