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Chapter 1 1.) The importance of developing a theoretical perspective is due to the fact that one cannot predict the future. In order to gain a deeper understanding of international relations one must rely on a multitude of different ways to study this subject. One must develop a theoretical position in order to make informed decisions about the present. The future international relations is unknown, however developing a theoretical perspective is key to the practice and study. 2.) A way of studying international relations is philosophically. Philosophy focuses on the relationship between the state and its leaders. This relationship is key to the study of international relations as it is a core building block of the modern state. You can explore questions relating to the right to rule, the description of the nature of a state, the ideas of philosophy and war, or the relationship between man and society. 3.) A potential project you could undertake to further your understanding of international relations is studying the relationship between Muslim and Christian powers throughout the ages. This study will help you understand the conflict in the Middle East better because you have a deeper context. A second project you could undertake would be comparing economic recessions throughout the ages. You could compare the recession
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