Written from a truly interdisciplinary perspective, this concise new book offers an in-depth and accessible overview of the wide-ranging field of international studies. This essential resource will help students develop a thorough understanding of our increasingly complicated and interconnected world, while preparing them for more advanced studies.
Brian Orend is the director of international studies, and a professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York City. Orend is the author of five books: On War: A Dialogue (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008); The Morality of War (Broadview, 2006); Human Rights: Concepts and Context (Broadview, 2002); Michael Walzer on War and Justice (MQUP, 2000); and War and International Justice: A Kantian Perspective (WLU, 2000). Two of these - The Morality of War and Human Rights: Concepts and Context - are widely used as textbooks and were written for his own courses at the University of Waterloo. In addition, Dr Orend has written dozens of articles, both scholarly and popular, and is an active public speaker. He has addressed conferences, media, and audiences around the world on his two major areas of research: war and peace, and human rights. He also consults with private industry and governments on business and professional ethics. He has experience working in intellectual property law and is also the president of LIB Publishing Inc., a start-up fiction press.
"Brian Orend's book does justice to the daunting scope and complexity of international studies without compromising substance and critical reflection. Though billed as an introduction, his work presents the fascinating features and amazing transformations of our globalized world with mastery and clarity so as to inspire genuine interest and active engagement. Adeptly weaving historical and conceptual backgrounds with contemporary debates and current events, Orend offers novices and experts alike a treasure trove of refreshing insights." --Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University
"No other book on the market that addresses international studies this way. . . . It has a very clear format and brings in the interdisciplinary element of international studies to the forefront." --Dr. Logan Masilamani, Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University
"Introduction to International Studies has a perfect pitch for the undergraduate - completely attuned to a digital world while reflecting a profound knowledge of history and philosophy and the scholarly debates in the field of international relations." --John English, Distinguished professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Waterloo
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