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Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation: An Introduction to Theory and History [Paperback]

Joseph S. Nye Jr. , David A. Welch
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February 27, 2010 0205778747 978-0205778744 8th

Written by renowned scholar and former policymaker Joseph Nye, Jr. and new co-author David A. Welch, Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation is a brief and penetrating introduction to the study of world politics in an era of complex interdependence.

 

This text deftly employs lessons from both theory and history to evaluate conflict and cooperation among global actors and to provide students with a resilient analytical framework. From twentieth and twenty-first century conflicts to global trade and finance, global governance, and the information revolution, Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation, formerly known as Understanding International Conflicts, expands substantially on previous editions of this classic work to provide a lucid and thought-provoking survey of international relations today.


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"Sometimes original scholars sound pedantic when addressing central issues of world politics; often policymakers speak in code or platitudes. Not so Professor Nye. As any reader will see, the work in your hands is lucid, direct, and concise. Reading Nye's writing on world politics is like watching Joe DiMaggio play center field or Yo-Yo Ma play the cello: he makes the difficult look easy."--from Robert O. Keohane's Foreword

About the Author

Joseph S. Nye is University Distinguished Service Professor at and former Dean of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also served as a Deputy to the Undersecretary of State in the Carter Administration, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Clinton Administration, and Chair of the National Intelligence Council.

 

David A. Welch is CIGI Chair of Global Security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8th edition (February 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205778747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205778744
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars When will it end? September 28, 2011
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The best description for "Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation" comes from Nye and Welch themselves, within their own text.

"The explosion of information has produced a 'paradox of plenty'. Plenty of information leads to scarcity of attention. When people are overwhelmed with the volume of information confronting them, they have difficulty discerning what to focus on. Attention rather than information becomes the scarce resource, and those who can distinguish valuable information from background clutter gain power" (286).

Nye and Welch love history. In fact, they love history SO much that they provide you with an endless stream of irrelevant details and pointless counterfactuals. They often reference material that fails any reasoned merit or relevancy to the content, digressing into multiple tangents which have little or no factual value. When reading, you'll find that yourself a few pages into a chapter and with no idea what, if any, point Nye and Welch are trying to argue.

If you're using this book as a textbook for college, be prepared to sift through tons of irrelevant data to find arbitrary pieces of information.

The material needs to be edited for RELEVANT data. Make a point, argue the reason, and supplement with credible evidence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 17, 2011
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One of the best books written on the subject. Extremely didactic. Well organized. The author does not leave out any important topic. This book is useful for specialists in the field, and for those who are not.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This should be a good read! September 16, 2013
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Unfortunately with my hectic schedule I have not had time to read this book yet. I will definitely write a proper review in the very near future. Hence, the *** stars!
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