The new edition of this text continues to provide an up-to-date and challenging introduction to global and international studies for Australian students. Drawing on perspectives from a number of fields, it provides essential information and invaluable insights into contexts that affect the policies and decisions faced by professionals in a globalising world. With a stronger Australian focus, this second edition examines the challenges presented by various approaches to globalisation, including those associated with the current trends towards sustainability. It places complex relationships and contemporary issues within the conditions set by past and current world trends and systems. It explores the operations of major global actors, global corporations and non-government organisations such as the United Nations, as well as key issues such as economics, the environment, security and human rights.