This highly readable book by renowned scholar and author Joseph Nye balances history and theory to give students of international politics a framework for analyzing the past and using it to understand the issues confronting us today. Part of the "Longman Classics in Political Science" series, Nye's best-selling text has been completely updated with new discussions about Middle East politics, including the Israel-Palestine dispute and the Iraq war, terrorism in general and radical Islamic terrorism in particular, the global politics of oil, and much more. Replete with illustrative examples and written in a lively, engaging manner, this is a brief, inexpensive book that students will buy and actually enjoy reading! It deftly balances theory and history to help students develop a well-rounded, informed framework for analyzing the international issues confronting us at the beginning of the 21st Century.An abundance of engaging examples illustrate concepts, making the material clear, enjoyable, and easy to understand. "Chronologies" at the end of each chapter provide a detailed timeline of a particular conflict, helping students understand causation and put events in context. "Study Questions" at the end of each chapter give students the opportunity to think critically and make sure they've thought through the chapter material. Foreword by Stanley Hoffman, also of Harvard University, places the book's enduring contributions into context.