Introduction to International Relations

Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives

by Joseph Grieco, G. John Ikenberry and Michael Mastanduno

Chapter 5: War and its Causes

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Chapter Quiz

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Click here to play this chapter’s simulation, in which you play the role of a world leader facing a complex decision.

Outside resources

Video resources

  • For an Allen Sens video explaining the Prisoner’s Dilemma in depth, click here.
  • For another Allen Sens video on refugees and migrants, click here.
  • For a detailed but brief history of the Rwandan genocide, one of the most tragic internal wars in world history, check out this video and information sheet.

Primary sources and further learning

Relevant news articles

  • Read this article on developments in the war against Islamic State in the Middle east.
  • Read this article on worsening human rights in the conflict in Crimea.

Games and activities

  • Listen to this Guns N’ Roses song, “Civil War,” one of many songs that have been written to decry the tragedies of war, both internal and external.
  • Try this simulation, in which you can explore the tragedies and atrocities that come with living in a refugee camp in Sudan, hiding from the Janjaweed.