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Exam 1 Essays - Major theories of International Relations...

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Major theories of International Relations include Realism , Liberalism , Radicalism , and Constructivism . What are the main assumptions and claims of these theories ? What do these theories contribute to our understanding of the world? What behaviors do they explain , or fail to explain ? What are the benefits and pitfalls of national strategies informed by each of these theories? Realism: skeptics; the actors are the states; the only interaction between states is conflict; power is material (military); peace cannot be explained (problem) The nature of the system is anarchic, a self-help system; order and stability rest on the distribution of power. Nation-states with other actors deriving their limited power and influence from states are the major actors. The nature of interaction is competitive and often conflictual; it is only cooperative when it serves short-term interests. United States - realism Liberalism: idealists; actors are both states and non-states; anarchy is mitigated; interaction is
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