Conflict is at the heart of international relations and as we begin the new millennium it is occurring in new and vexing forms. This new edition looks at conflict both as an important subject in its own right and as a powerful lens through which to view international relations more generally. Charles Hauss provides a lively introduction to both theory and practice. He begins by tracing the three stages in most typologies of international conflict: origins, ending the fighting and reconciliation. A broad selection of case studies, covering many of the major conflicts the world has faced in the last ten years, provides the reader with material they can use to form their own judgements about the theories. Ranging from international political economy to security, migration, human rights and the environment, this series is designed to explore the issues that make international relations such an exciting, controversial and, at times, confusing field in a world undergoing unprecedented change. The books are designed as core texts for advanced undergraduate and specialized graduate courses, and each volume follows a standard format.
The first section is devoted to general theories and concepts. The second includes carefully selected case studies which students can use to deepen their understanding of the theoretical issues. The books include, as an integral part of the text, addresses of particularly helpful websites.
Charles Hauss is Adjunct Professorof Public and International Affairs at George Mason University. He is also government liaison for the Alliance for Peace Building, the NGO that represents most conflict resolution groups based in the United States and beyond. He has written over ten books on comparative politics, international relations, conflict resolution, and French politics.