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INTERNATIONAL NATURE & SCOPE NOTES

Updated: Dec 1, 2022


Unit 1 Studying International Relations Notes

a. How do you understand International Relations: Levels of Analysis.

b. History of IR: Emergence of the International State System.

c. Pre-Westphalia and Westphalia d. Post-Westphalia.

 



 

1. WHAT IS IR ?

  • International relations is the study of the interaction of nation-states and non-governmental organizations in fields such as politics, economics, and security.

  • Professionals work in academia, government, and non-profits to understand and develop cooperative exchanges between nations that benefit commerce, security, quality of life, and the environment.

  • The term international was first used by Jeremy Bentham in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

  • In other words, IR should focus on the study of all relations-political, diplomatic trade, ,academic among sovereign states which constitute the subject matter on international relations.


 

2.IR AS PER VERIOUS SCHOLARS


  • It is not only the nations seek to regulate, varied types of groups-nations, states, governments, people, region, alliances, confederations, international organizations, cultural organizations, religious organizations must be dealt with in the study of international relations if the treatment is to be made realistic.” (Quincy Wright)

  • “International relations is concerned with the factors and activities, that affect the external policies and the powers of the basic units into that the world is divided.” (Hoffman).

  • “International relations is the discipline, that tries to explain political activities across state boundaries (Trevor Taylor).