This second edition of International Relations: The Key Concepts providesÂ students of international relations with short introductory essays to theÂ concepts and issues that are most likely to be encountered in the study ofÂ international relations. It builds on the central aim of the first edition, byÂ updating many of the essays of the key concepts and adding several conceptsÂ associated with important new debates in international relations. In doing so, itÂ addresse many of the new concepts associated with the post-9/11 era,Â including the Bush Doctrine, Enemy Combatants, Pre-emption, War onÂ Terror, Axis of Evil, Jihad, etc. Such an era has also provided a novel contextÂ for studying the importance of existing concepts that were not stressed in theÂ first edition (i.e. unilateralism and torture), yet have come to shape and defineÂ US foreign policy during the post-9/11 era.
The revised version also includes additional concepts and institutionsÂ associated with four areas of international relations: (1) the developing worldÂ (Mercosur, African Union, Arab League), (2) international criminal lawÂ (International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Criminal Tribunals),Â (3) Human Rights (Human Security), and (4) strategic studies (Coercion).Â Accordingly, the second edition seeks to be more inclusive without beingÂ comprehensive, more relevant than simply being up to date. In all, there are 21Â concepts that have been added to this new edition (10 that have been droppedÂ from the first edition). Together, they reflect a wider array of relevant andÂ previously under-emphasised introductory essays and an expanded range ofÂ important new debates in international relations.