What is International Relations?

Are you interested in learning about international relations? Then this article will help you get a general understanding of the subject.

What is international relations? The best way to understand International Relation is to take a look at how experts define this topic. Many experts offer different kinds of definitions of international relations.

Generally, International Relations mean the study of relationships between countries including the roles of states, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and multinational cooperations.

According to the Fedrick H Hartmann, International Relations mean the relationships between states. It may be economically, socially or culturally. However, the relationships between states can be identified as International Relations.

According to the Merriam Webster International Relations a branch of political science concerned with relations between nations and primarily with foreign policies “. All we know that politics mean the struggle for power. Political science is an academic subject. So International Relations is a branch of political science because it studies about world politics. Primarily it deals with foreign policies.

Trevor Tayor said that “International Relations is the academic discipline that tries to explain political activities across state boundaries.” According to this, international relation is an academic discipline. Through this academic discipline, it tries to discuss the political activities beyond the state boundaries or the international system.

However, International Relations is also about the affairs between states and other organizational bodies. It may be their economic, social, military, political or cultural. Also, International Relations cover a wide range of subject area. And in near future, it may take a higher place in the academic world.

Written by Sandali Chathurika.


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