International Relations

The study of International Relations in political science gained strength during the Cold War. Many political scientists feared that the Soviet Union and the United States would launch themselves into a global nuclear war. It was hoped that by studying how countries interact with each other, it would be easier to predict what the reactions of the United States or Soviet Union would be in any given situation, making it easier to avert war.

The study of International Relations has been, until very recently, the study of how states interact with other states. However, the New World Order of the post-Cold War state system has required a redefinition of actors.

Main Themes

  1. Liberal International Theory vs. International Realism Theory
  2. Prologue- An Introduction to International Relations & Strategic Studies.
  3. Evolution of the Modern State System- Evolution of the Modern State System
  4. World Politics in the Twentieth Century- World Politics in the Twentieth Century
  5. Core Concepts of International Relations- Core Concepts of International Relations
  6. Theories of I.R.- Approaches to International Relations: Theories of I.R.
  7. Core Concepts of Strategic Studies- Core Concepts of Strategic Studies
  8. The Use of Force- The Use of Force
  9. The Causes of War- The Causes of War
  10. The Making of Foreign Policy- The Making of Foreign Policy
  11. International Organisations- International Organisations
  12. Regionalisation- Regionalisation
  13. World Government Theories- World Governance Theories
  14. The United Nations- An International Peace-Keeping Organisation?
  15. The European Union- An "Area of Peace, Security, and Justice".
  16. Environment and World Politics- Global Warming & Other Natural Threats.
  17. War and Peace in a Globalised World- Globalisation & its Consequences on World Conflicts.
  18. International Political Economy- International Political Economy


  1. Japan's Foreign Policy Toward Vietnam 1978-1992

See also