Introducing International Relations
Introducing International Relations explores the development of the IR ‘discipline’ through three major essentials: concepts, theories, and practices. Each chapter is structurally organised with respect to detailing concepts, moving thereon to theory, and animated with relevant empirical examples making the connect between theory and practice. Pakistan and the developing world provide the primary reference points for the discussion of practice which is one of the major strengths of the book. In addition, the book challenges students to think methodically, independently, and critically by way of relevant thinking exercises and a summation of key points at the end of individual chapters.
This book will not only serve as a useful text for undergraduate and graduate students in universities and colleges but also as a resource for faculty, researchers in think tanks, bureaucrats, candidates appearing in competitive civil service examinations, journalists in print and electronic media, and general readers interested in understanding the nuances that constitute, determine, and shape international relations.
Farhan Hanif Siddiqi is Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.
Muhammad Nadeem Mirza is Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.
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‘This book is one of the most comprehensive textbooks that covers the whole gamut of the discipline of International Relations, including theory and methodology as well as essential themes of conflict and peace, gender, environment, non-state actors and dimensions of foreign policy, strategic studies and international law. A fascinating achievement of authors Farhan Siddiqi and Nadeem Mirza.’
Dr Mohammad Waseem
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore
‘The book is essential for students enrolled in IR degree programmes and CSS courses. Its most important contribution is to take concepts, theories, and practical examples and place them in contexts that students in Pakistan will understand. It brings together a large number of important, contemporary theories in IR and often applies these to distinct situations in Pakistan. This is invaluable.’
Dr Anita M. Weiss
Department of Global Studies
University of Oregon, USA
‘The contents of this book cover all key themes of International Relations. The topics are explained in a comprehensive way. It is student-friendly, updated, and carries Pakistan-specific examples.’
Dr Muhammad Riaz Shad
Professor and Head of Department
National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad
‘The book offers a comprehensive introduction to the field of International Relations that, through its use of examples, is particularly geared towards students at Pakistani institutions of higher education. It is comprehensive, well-written, and very accessible in terms of language for the intended target audience. All major elements one would expect to be covered in an IR textbook are there; the material is up to date.
It could also serve as a supplementary textbook for Political Science or Sociology courses that partially touch on issues of international politics.’
Dr Mathias Albert
Faculty of Sociology
Bielefeld University, Germany
‘This work is an outstanding, unique, and highly valuable introduction to the theory and practice of International Relations. It covers the entire course of International Relations—regular and competitive—as a textbook. A clear and accessible writing style with a balance of easy and technical terminologies is its remarkable feature. It deserves a wide readership among theorists, practitioners, academics, and students.’
Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi
Professor and Chairman
University of Peshawar