Essay on International Relations

International Relations

I will address whether it is true to claim that nation-states are sovereign by first considering the arguments that assert that nation-states are sovereign, before moving on to the arguments that question their sovereignty.I am going to consolidate my argument that it is true to claim that nation states are sovereign in the twenty-first century; […]

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Growth and Evolution of International Relations (IR) as an Academic Discipline

The question of whether International Relations is a distinct discipline has been a matter of consistent controversy. However, any field of study needs to fulfill certain criteria in order to be classified as a distinct academic discipline. Accordingly, I believe, that International Relations is indeed a ‘Distinct Discipline’ since it has many characteristics of a […]

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To Peacekeeping Efforts Affect International Relations Leading

Section A- Plan of InvestigationThis historical investigation will cover the working question ‘to what extent did the post-war peacemaking and peacekeeping efforts affect international relations leading up to the Second World War?’, looking into France’s initial use of pacifism after World War One through the establishment of the Treaty of Versailles (1919); the establishment and […]

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Is Realism Realistic?

Is realism ‘realistic’? Realism by its very name indicates that it emphasises a realistic approach to international relations theory, however the extent to which this is true is thoroughly debated amongst scholars in contemporary society. Realism revolves primarily around the struggle for power amongst self-interested states, with particular emphasis on the desire of survival for […]

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Realism and Neo-Realism in International Relations

The realist theory, founded by Hans Morgenthau, Arnold Wolfers, Kenneth Thomson, E. H. Carr and Georg Schwarzenberger, is based on the will to consider man and social relations, and most particularly political relations, a state of affairs rather than ideal. Not wanting to diminish the importance and necessity of the building of a pacifist and […]

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The Age of Nonpolarity

According to Richard Haass, the world is moving from a unipolar system (a system where one country dominates militarily, culturally, and economically) to a nonpolar system, where power is concentrated in various actors, and where no state dominates. If what Haass claims is true, this carries with it many implications to the US, considering that […]

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