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Written by three leading scholars in the field of International Relations, this textbook provides an authoritative introduction to the discipline, including coverage of security studies, international political economy, international organizations and non-state actors. A comprehensive history chapter also helps students to appreciate the key developments that created today´s political landscape. The book frames each chapter around an enduring question; long-standing dilemmas that have engaged generations of IR scholars and students-such as why do wars occur, and how can economic benefits be shared more equally-demonstrating the continuing relevance of these issues and ideas. A collection of innovative learning tools equips students with the skills they need for sound analysis of today´s headlines. The textbook is ideal for undergraduate and master degree students who are taking introductory courses on International Relations, Global Politics and World Politics.
In the post-9/11 West, there is no shortage of strident voices telling us that Islam is a threat to the security, values, way of life, and even existence of the United States and Europe. For better or worse, ´´the Muslim question´´ has become the great question of our time. It is a question bound up with others - about freedom of speech, terror, violence, human rights, women´s dress, and sexuality. Above all, it is tied to the possibility of democracy. In this fearless, original, and surprising book, Anne Norton demolishes the notion that there is a ´´clash of civilizations´´ between the West and Islam. What is really in question, she argues, is the West´s commitment to its own ideals: to democracy and the Enlightenment trinity of liberty, equality, and fraternity. In the most fundamental sense, the Muslim question is about the values not of Islamic, but of Western, civilization. Moving between the United States and Europe, Norton provides a fresh perspective on iconic controversies, from the Danish cartoon of Muhammad to the murder of Theo van Gogh. She examines the arguments of a wide range of thinkers - from John Rawls to Slavoj Žižek. And she describes vivid everyday examples of ordinary Muslims and non-Muslims who have accepted each other and built a common life together. Ultimately, Norton provides a new vision of a richer and more diverse democratic life in the West, one that makes room for Muslims rather than scapegoating them for the West´s own anxieties. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosemary Benson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011681/bk_adbl_011681_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An all-new novelette by Andrew Vachss, author of the acclaimed Burke series.For all secrets created, a tiny percentage is kept against any intrusion. The ultimate extractor of such secrets is the Questioner - a man who has trained himself to become empty, who uses that emptiness to listen fully, to sense what others need to hear, to respond in ways that lead them to reveal their most protected thoughts. Disdaining torture or coercion, he mines those secrets with nothing more than conversation.For those who meet his price - governments, multinational corporations, and the most complex criminal organizations - the Questioner obtains information. The secrets he learns can create or topple empires, win or destroy fortunes, lubricate the gears of the world...or grind them to a halt.But as the Questioner moves from one target to the next, just beyond the outer edge of his probes lurks something dangerous to his own emptiness. It will force him to turn his powers inward, to ask how he became what he is, and to find a truth he has never sought.Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator (USPHS), a social services caseworker, and directed a maximum security institution for ´´aggressive-violent” youths. Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youth exclusively. He is the author of more than 30 novels and three collections of short stories, which have earned him such international awards as the Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére (France), the Falcon Award from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, the Deutschen Krimi Preis (Germany), and the Raymond Chandler Award (Italy), as well as graphic novels and a variety of special projects.Dan Boice has narrated more than 30 titles for Audible in multiple genres. When not speaking out loud into a microphone, he can be found reading two books at a time, cooking, or writing freelance for a game company. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Boice. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/136712/bk_acx0_136712_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.