International Relations Today, 2e, captures the drastic changes that the discipline of international relations (IR) has undergone since the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War in 1991. It delves into the way the US has emerged as the only superpower in the world and its impact in making international politics seemingly unipolar. However, in his analysis, the author also shows that how international politics today also signals the possibility of a multipolar world. The rise of China as a major military and economic power, the potential of Russia, India and Germany as tomorrow's big powers and the success of the European Union and ASEAN as economic and political blocs of considerable substance point towards the feasibility of a multipolar world.
Other than covering the change in the world order post Cold War and on the face of emerging issues in international relations such as environment, terrorism and globalization, this book has added discussion on two important theories, namely, the English School and Critical Theory and updated content on foreign policies of major powers.