Terms and Definitions:
1. Hegemonic State System: The modern day state system is the
product of evolution over history. It hasn't been an easy
evolution. The state system is one way to look at our world
from a global perspective.
2. Jus AD Bellum: Latin f
1-A theory that theology and metaphysics are earlier
imperfect modes of knowledge and that positive knowledge is
based on natural phenomena and their properties and relations
as verified by the empirical sciences
2-In international relations theory,positi
Changes in War
Over time, war and the instruments of war have changed
Scholars have developed classification schemes to categorize
General War, Total War, Limited War, Civil War, Asymmetric
Warfare and Terrorism
Dawn of the Nuclear Age (1945-1990)
What is Power?
Behavioural Definition: the ability to get others to do what they
otherwise would not do.
Possession of certain resources: populations, territory, natural
resources, economic size, military forces, political stability,
Explaining Great Power War
Theories of War
What are we talking about? Definition Issues
War is generally defined by IR theorists as:
Large scale organized violence between political units
Minimum and annul minimum of 1000 battle related fatalities
Woodrow Wilsons Fourteen Points:
1.Open covenants of peace, openly arrived at, after which there shall be no
private international understandings of any kind but diplomacy shall proceed
always frankly and in the public view.
2.Absolute freedom of navigati
World War One-The Great War
Shocking viciousness of devastation
New technologies of warfare
The War to End all Wars
Peace Settlement: Treaty of Versailles
Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points
League of Nations
Effects of Globalization
Difference between people are diminishing?
Increases connectedness.Less War?
Global Communications technologies-Social Media-Arab
Latest Stage of
The History of International Relations
'The Great Debates
1: The rise of the modern State
2: The International System
3: The Concert of Europe
Key Idea: The international state system we have today is a creation of
history; It can change with history as w
What is International Relations?
-IR scholars ask questions about world politics and seek to answer them in
systematic, theoretically, rigorous and informed ways.
-We use special tools to understand international relations
STATE: Is a legal entity compose
The absence of an overarching, central power or government in the
The absence of a legitimate authority to make and enforce laws,
advocate disputes and regulate behaviour among states
Balance of Power:
A key realist concept