IV. International Security in a Changing World

Below is a collection of useful readers and texts on international security in a changing world. Note: An asterisk (*) indicates texts appropriate for secondary school modules.


Hoge, James. F. Jr. and Gideon Rose eds. 2005. Understanding the War on Terror. New York: Council on Foreign Relations.*

Nye, Joseph, Jr. 2005. Understanding International Conflicts. New York: HarperCollins.

Influential Books

Huntington, Samuel. 1996. Clash of Civilizations. New York: Simon and Schuster.*

Pillar, Paul R. 2001. Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.*

John Mueller. 2003. Remnants of War. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

State-of-the-art Political Science Contributions

Pillar, Paul R. 2004. "Counterterrorism after Al Qaeda." The Washington Quarterly 27 (3): 101–113.*

Posen, Barry. R. 2001. “The Struggle against Terrorism: Grand Strategy, Strategy, and Tactics.” International Security 26 (3): 39–55.*

Record, Jeffrey. 2003. Bounding the Global War on Terror. Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College.*

Exemplary Syllabi

Robert Axelrod: “International Security Affairs.” Excellent survey of a number of important issues using a mixture of academic works, policy-relevant writings by academics, and policy practitioner's pieces. Suitable for a policy-oriented graduate course or advanced undergraduate course. Undergraduate.

Robert Bates: “State Failure, Civil War and Terrorism.” Provides an excellent grounding in the state of the art in the study of three security challenges that will remain central to international relations and security studies until the emergence of a peer competitor to the United States. Graduate.