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Introduction to International Relations
Transcript of Introduction to International Relations
Dr. Matthew P. Funaiole
is it that we study as researchers?
Questions of the Day
do we go about studying international relations?
is the difference between
Defining international relations is harder than you might think. It's a problem common to social science. It depends upon who is doing the defining.
Defining international relations?
States, IGOs, and NGOs
: War, diplomacy, military alliances, etc.
: NGOs, terrorism, drug trade
States, Multinational Corporations
Trade in goods, financial services, remittances, sanctions, drug trade.
Ideas and individuals
Culture, patriotism, migration, tourism, human rights, religion, etc.
UK, US, Russia, China, Japan, etc.
War, Peace, Alliances, Trade
NATO, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syrian Civil War
State sovereignty, self-interest
Military and economic strength
Aircraft carriers, fighter jets, ballistic missiles, etc.
States, international organizations, multinational corporations, NGOs.
Transition to global affairs?
War, peace, trade, environment, global justice, development
State sovereignty, interdependence, human rights
Stronger focus on economic cooperation and technological advancement
"A theory in politics and IR is a set of assumptions about knowledge, human nature, social life, and the conditions and organizing principles of a particular order that guide research questions and investigations into important political dilemmas."
to refine research focus!
Levels of Analysis
Political leaders. The preferences or beliefs of presidents and prime ministers make a big difference.
Objects of Analysis
Schools of Thought
elations (IR) is the academic discipline or the name of the field.
So what is
Next week we will expand our discussion of states. We will look at the differences between a
. The characteristics of states, such as
, will also be examined.
Preview of Next Week
Theory is a
that reduces complexity and narrows research upon a particular subject or issue.
-Dr. Tony Lang
and focuses on human nature and decision making.
level. Interested in the structure and society of states and the characteristics of political systems.
level. Centered upon the character of the international system. Deals with international and global issues.
The structure of a state. Capitalist vs socialist economies. Democratic vs non-democratic systems.
Foreign policy. Geopolitics, global trade, international war, power distributions.
Focuses mainly on power struggles between states and the perception of threats.
Concerned with the shared interests between states and/or institutions. Focuses on economics or political rights.
Primarily centered upon understanding the differences in identities and norms. Less focus on the state.
elations is are the objects that we study. The focus on the discipline.