OverviewPart I. THE FOUNDATIONS OF WORLD POLITICS. 1. Analyzing World Politics. 2. Theories of World Politics. 3. The Historical Setting of Contemporary World Politics. Part II. THE ACTORS IN WORLD POLITICS. 4. States and Foreign Policy Decision Making. 5. Intergovernmental Organizations and Global Governance. 6. Nongovernmental Organizations and Transnational Relations. Part III. THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL SECURITY. 7. Patterns of Armed Conflict. 8. Arms, Alliances, and Coercive Diplomacy. 9. International Law and Human Rights. Part IV. THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL WELFARE. 10. The Globalization of International Trade and Finance. 11. The Political Economy of Inequality and Development. 12. Global Environmental Trends and the Future of World Politics.