Welcome to the SAGE edge site for IR, Fourth Edition!

IR: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing Worldinvites students to participate in these debates by providing a clear introduction to not just what happens, but why and how it happens. Assuming no prior knowledge about international relations, award-winning teachers and scholars James M. Scott, Ralph G. Carter, and A. Cooper Drury meet students where they are and provides them with a framework to make sense of the complicated events and interactions of world politics.

Thoroughly updated, the Fourth Edition provides insights into the changing nature of power in the global system and the greatest challenges to international order, including the populist backlash against globalization, Russian assertiveness and China’s growing influence, cyberwarfare, COVID-19, and climate change.

This site features an array of free resources you can access anytime, anywhere.


We gratefully acknowledge James M. Scott, Ralph G. Carter and A. Cooper Drury for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Graphic World, Inc. and Eric Cox of Texas Christian University for developing the resources on this site.