- Editor John A. Vasquez is a former president of the International Studies Association
- Smartly addresses the issue of international relations from the bottom-up through an examination of the construction and cumulation of knowledge
- An ideal companion text for the study and discussion of current issues in international relations
1. Knowledge, Foundations, Politics: Karena Shaw (University of Victoria).
2. The House of IR: From Family Power Politics to the Poisies of Worldism: Anna M. Agathangelonu (University of Houston, Clear Lake) and L.H.M. Lin (New School University).
Part II: The Cumulation of Knowledge.
3. Escalation: Competing Perspectives and Empirical Evidence: Russell J. Leng (Middlebury College).
4. Politically-Motivated Opposition to War: Jack S. Levy (Rutgers University) and William F. Mabe, Jr. (Rutgers University).
5. Territoriality and War in International Crises: Theory and Findings, 1918-2001: Hemda Ben-Yehuda (Bar-Ilan University).
6. Pacifism and Fightaholism in International Politics: A Structural History of National and Dyadic Conflict, 1816-1992: Zeev Maoz (Tel-Aviv University).
Part III: Policy Application.
7. The Consequences of an Indo-Pakistani Nuclear War: Robert T. Batcher (Office of Technology and Assessments, US Department of State).
8. Integrating Theory and Policy: Global Implications of the War in Iraq: Jacek Kugler (Claremont Graduate University), Ronald L. Tammen (Portland State University), and Brian Efird (Claremont Graduate University)