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In the post-September 11th arena of growing political tension and unease, it is more important than ever that we understand the changing world of modern international relations. With this comprehensive and accessible audiobook, Paul Wilkinson covers the topics that are essential to our knowledge of this complex subject. He explains the theories and the practices that underlie international relations, and investigates issues ranging from foreign policy, arms control, and terrorism, to the environment and world poverty. Wilkinson examines key questions such as how the international state system might be improved to facilitate better relations between states, explores the roles of international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union, and discusses the influences that ethnic and religious movements, and terrorist groups, have had on shaping the way states and governments interact.
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1 out of 5 stars
By David Greenberg on 10-22-09

Misleading title and synopsis

I thought this book would be a primer on what international relations is... definition of a state, attibutes of sovreignty, mechanics of diplomacy, legal basis for a treaty, etc.

Mr. Wilkinson lambastes realists and deconstructionists while leaving other schools of thought as too unimportant to criticize. (The narrator nicely communicates the sneering tone of the text.)
The book continues with anti-Israel, anti-US, and anti-UK screeds (including thoroughly disproven arab propaganda). Finally at ~30 min the author briefly gives the 4 defining features of a nation state without any elucidation of why or what. How about the effect of the Peace of Westphalia on Leviathan?
The author's intended audience is one person, the new US Sec of State. He wants her (his gender designation) senior staff to tell her that a liberal multilateralist approach is better than neoconservatism (or anything done by GW Bush and Tony Blair). He continues with a laundry list of world problems that could all be solved by cooperating with the UN or regional groups.
At no point does he analyze why multilateralism has numerous failures. Dore Gold's Tower of Babble covers that quite well.

In summary, I was disappointed in the topics and tone of the book. I would not recommend it.

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