module1_overview[1] - International Relations: is the study...

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International Relations: is the study of the interaction among the various actors that participate in international politics. It seeks to explain the forces behind conflict and cooperation in the international system.
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There are various actors involved in international relations. These includes: 1) States (192 recognized nation-states in the world today); 2) Intergovernmental organizations; 3) Nongovernmental organization; 4) Bureaucracies ; 5) Interest groups; and 6) Individuals.
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What is theory and what purpose does it serve? Theory helps us to: 1) Describes the world we live in; 2) It helps us explain it; 3) It helps decision-makers to predict or anticipate the response to certain actions; and 4) It prescribes policy directions for state leaders.
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For example theory helps us to interpret the following scenario: If a state decides to place its troops on high alert and delivers them to its international border, what is the anticipated response from its neighboring states? Answer: A good probability exists that the
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2011 for the course POLIT 1550 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Youngstown State University.

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