Introduction to International Relations

Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives

by Joseph Grieco, G. John Ikenberry and Michael Mastanduno


For any student interested in learning to think seriously about international politics, this book by three leading IR scholars is invaluable. It is theoretically informed, fair-minded, and deals smartly with the big issues policymakers faced in the past as well as those they face today.– John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago, USA
There are many good introductions to IR. There are even some very good books to be found scattered around this most crowded of fields. But this new volume by three of IR’s best must surely now become the gold standard against which all other similar books on the subject will be measured. I can think of no other entry point into the subject I would recommend ahead of this one. – Michael Cox, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Clearly written, comprehensive, and superbly organized, Grieco, Ikenberry and Mastanduno have set a new standard of excellence for IR textbooks. – Jonathan Kirshner, Cornell University, USA
This pedagogically sophisticated book, written by three experienced teachers and respected scholars, is bound to have widespread appeal. Particularly valuable is the attention given to the connections between theory and practice, the past and present, and aspiration and reality. – Rosemary Foot,University of Oxford, UK
This book systematically links a long-term historical perspective with major theoretical paradigms to help students understand the complexities of contemporary global affairs. Written by three top scholars, it demonstrates that outstanding scholarship and excellent teaching can go together in a mutually inspiring way. – Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Does exactly what a good introductory text should: engages the subject’s enduring questions, guides readers through the maze of competing arguments, and shows the real world relevance of theoretical debates. An impressive achievement.– Dale Copeland, University of Virginia, USA
This will be hugely useful to students. Engaging and thoughtful, it shows not only how to study International Relations but why it is so important. – Nick Bisley, La Trobe University, Australia