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Crosscurrents: International Relations, 5th Edition

By Mark Charlton, Paul Barker
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Soft Cover
496 pages
ISBN-10: 0176440844
ISBN-13: 9780176440848
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 5th

Crosscurrents: International Relations is a text that can turn a classroom into a forum for debate and discussion. With its lively and effective Yes/No debate format, Crosscurrents continues to provide students with a stimulating collection of essays that encourages the development of critical thought and analytical skills involving major issues of the day. The authors frame issues with well-written introductory essays and postscripts to further enhance the experience. A carefully chosen balance of academic journal articles, political speeches, and editorial pieces exposes students to a broader range of information, making Crosscurrents an ideal text to assign for tutorials and an optimal starting point for alternative resources and research.


  • *NEW* The yes/no debate format will guide the student through important points within the debate and help them develop critical-thinking skills
  • The Crosscurrents series has proven very successful at generating discussion in-class and in tutorials.
  • Debates are chosen for pedagogical value but also for their ability to engage the student
  • Tips on further research in addition to end notes help students find resources to engage in future debate.
  • Web resources: At the end of each postscript, the editor provides an annotated list of suggested website resources. The list is also available on the Nelson website for this book, at, where students can connect directly to the recommended sites
  • An InfoTrac College Edition access code comes free with each new book, and provides 4 months of unlimited online access to over 5000 articles from hundreds of scholarly and popular publications. In each postscript, the editor has suggested some useful readings relevant to each topic. A separate User Guide for Instructors is available from Nelson.
  • 22 of the 36 articles are new in this edition

Table of Contents

  • Introduction viii
  • Part One: Understanding Our Changing World
  • 1. Is the World Fragmenting into Clashing Cultures?
  • Yes Samuel Huntington, ?The Clash of Civilizations? The Next Pattern of Conflict?
  • No Douglas Alan Ross, ?The Inevitable Waning of Huntington?s Civilizational Clash Theory??
  • 2. Is a World State Inevitable?
  • Yes Alexander Wendt, ?Is a World State Inevitable??
  • No Vaugh P. Shannon, ?Wendt?s Violation of the Constructivist Project: Agency and Why a World State is Not Inevitable.?
  • 3. Can a Non-Feminist Approch to Gender Issues Help Us to Better Understand Global Politics?
  • Yes R. Charli Carpenter, ?Gender Theory in World Politics: Contributions of a Nonfeminist Standpoint.?
  • No Terrel Carver, ?Gender/Feminism/IR.?
  • Part Two: Ensuring Peace and Security
  • 4. Is Ethnic Conflict Inevitable?
  • Yes Jerry Muller, ?Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism.?
  • No Richard Rosencrance and Arthur Stein, ?Separatism?s Final Country.?
  • 5. Did the War against Iraq Violate International Law?
  • Yes Jutta Brunnee, ?The Use of Force against Iraq: A Legal Assessment?
  • No David Wingfield, ?Why the Invasion of Iraq Was Lawful?
  • 6. Has NATO Become Irrelevant in an Age of Terrorism?
  • Yes Steven Meyer, ?Carcass of Dead Policies: The Irrelevance of NATO?
  • No Rebecca Johnson and Micah Zenko, ?All Dressed Up and No Place to Go: Why NATO Should Be on the Front Lines in the War on Terror?
  • 7. Should Canadian Troops be Deployed to Darfur Rather Than Afghanistan?
  • Yes Michael Byers, ?Afghanistan: Wrong Mission for Canada.?
  • No Robert Heubert, ?The Debate Between the Canadian Commitment to Afghanistan and the Sudan: The Need to Consider all Costs.?
  • Part Three: Global Political Economy
  • 8. Can Trade Liberalization Benefit Both the Rich and Poor?
  • Yes Gary Hufbauer, ?Free Trade.?
  • No Joseph Stiglitz, ?Fair Trade.?
  • 9. Has Globalization Been Detrimental to Women?
  • Yes Naierossadat Daneshvar Hosseini, ?Globalization and Women: Challenges and Opportunities.?
  • No Jagdish N. Baghwati, ?Women: Harmed or Helped??
  • 10. Was the ?Battle in Seattle? a Significant Turning Point in the Struggle against Globalization?
  • Yes Stephen Gill, ?Toward a Postmodern Prince? The Battle in Seattle as a Moment in the New Politics of Globalisation?
  • No Jan Aart Scholte, ?Cautionary Reflections on Seattle?
  • 11. Is Development Assistance Ineffective?
  • Yes William Easterly, ?Was Development Assistance a Mistake??
  • No Michael Crosswell, ?The Development Record and The Effectiveness of Foreign Aid?
  • 12. Will Debt Relief Address the Needs of Highly Indebted Countries?
  • Yes Romilly Greenhill, ?The Unbreakable Link?Debt Relief and the Millennium Development Goals?
  • No Denise Froning, ?Will Debt Relief Really Help??
  • Part Four: Global Cooperation and Human Security
  • 13. Should Human Security Be the Core Value of Canadian Foreign Policy?
  • Yes Lloyd Axworthy, ?Human Security: Safety for People in a Changing World?
  • No William W. Bain, ?Against Crusading: The Ethics of Human Security and Canadian Foreign Policy?
  • 14. Is the United Nation?s New Human Rights Council a Failure?
  • Yes Brett Schaefer, ?The United Nation?s Human Rights Council: A Disastrous First Year.?
  • No Yvonne Terlingen, ?The Human Rights Council: A New Era in UN Human Rights Work??
  • 15. Do We Need an International Criminal Court?
  • Yes Douglas Cassel, ?Why We Need the International Criminal Court?
  • No Alfred P. Rubin, ?Some Objections to the International Criminal Court?
  • 16. Are Truth Commissions Useful in Promoting Human Rights and Justice in Transitional Societies?
  • Yes Joanna R. Quinn, ?Truth Commissions and Restorative Justice?
  • No Richard Ashby Wilson, ?Challenging Human Rights as Restorative Justice?
  • 17. Do We Need a World Environmental Organization?
  • Yes Frank Biermann, ?Green Global Governance: The Case for a World Environment Organisation?
  • No Adil Najam, ?The Case against a New International Environmental Organization?
  • 18. Should there be a right to intervene to prevent acute environmental damage?
  • Yes Robyn Eckersley, ?Ecological Intervention: Prospects and Limits.?
  • No Mark Woods, ?Worries about Ecological-Humanitarian Intervention.?
  • Appendix: Lucille Charlton, ?Debating The Issues?
  • Contributor Acknowledgments

Author Information

M. Charlton

Mark Charlton is Vice-President Academic and Dean and Professor of Political Science at St. Mary's University College in Calgary, Alberta. He has written The Making of Canadian Food Aid Policy (1992) and has co-edited, with Paul Barker, Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues, and with Paul Rowe, Crosscurrents: International Development. Dr. Charlton is also co-author of the Thomson Nelson Guide to Research and Writing in Political Science. He has also published a number of articles in International Journal, Études Internationales, and The Canadian Journal of Development Studies.