International relations

  • in 2012 alone, the palace of nations in geneva, switzerland, hosted more than 10,000 intergovernmental meetings. the city hosts the highest number of international organizations in the world.[1]
    the field of international relations dates from the time of the greek historian thucydides.

    international relations (ir) or international affairs (ia) — commonly also referred to as international studies (is), global studies (gs), or global affairs (ga) — is the study in interconnectedness of politics, economics and law on a global level. depending on the academic institution, it is either a field of political science, an interdisciplinary academic field similar to global studies, or an entirely independent academic discipline in which students take a variety of internationally focused courses in social science and humanities disciplines. in all cases, the field studies relationships between political entities (polities) such as sovereign states, inter-governmental organizations (igos), international non-governmental organizations (ingos), other non-governmental organizations (ngos), and multinational corporations (mncs), and the wider world-systems produced by this interaction. international relations is an academic and a public policy field, and so can be positive and normative, because it analyses and formulates the foreign policy of a given state.

    as political activity, international relations dates from the time of the greek historian thucydides (c. 460–395 bc), and, in the early 20th century, became a discrete academic field (no. 5901 in the 4-digit unesco nomenclature) within political science. in practice, international relations and international affairs forms a separate academic program or field from political science, and the courses taught therein are highly interdisciplinary.[2]

    for example, international relations draws from the fields of politics, economics, international law, communication studies, history, demography, geography, sociology, anthropology, criminology and psychology. the scope of international relations encompasses issues such as globalization, diplomatic relations, state sovereignty, international security, ecological sustainability, nuclear proliferation, nationalism, economic development, global finance, terrorism, and human rights.

  • history
  • theory
  • levels of analysis
  • institutions in international relations
  • see also
  • notes and references
  • bibliography
  • external links

In 2012 alone, the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, hosted more than 10,000 intergovernmental meetings. The city hosts the highest number of International organizations in the world.[1]
The field of international relations dates from the time of the Greek historian Thucydides.

International relations (IR) or international affairs (IA) — commonly also referred to as international studies (IS), global studies (GS), or global affairs (GA) — is the study in interconnectedness of politics, economics and law on a global level. Depending on the academic institution, it is either a field of political science, an interdisciplinary academic field similar to global studies, or an entirely independent academic discipline in which students take a variety of internationally focused courses in social science and humanities disciplines. In all cases, the field studies relationships between political entities (polities) such as sovereign states, inter-governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and multinational corporations (MNCs), and the wider world-systems produced by this interaction. International relations is an academic and a public policy field, and so can be positive and normative, because it analyses and formulates the foreign policy of a given state.

As political activity, international relations dates from the time of the Greek historian Thucydides (c. 460–395 BC), and, in the early 20th century, became a discrete academic field (no. 5901 in the 4-digit UNESCO Nomenclature) within political science. In practice, international relations and international affairs forms a separate academic program or field from political science, and the courses taught therein are highly interdisciplinary.[2]

For example, international relations draws from the fields of politics, economics, international law, communication studies, history, demography, geography, sociology, anthropology, criminology and psychology. The scope of international relations encompasses issues such as globalization, diplomatic relations, state sovereignty, international security, ecological sustainability, nuclear proliferation, nationalism, economic development, global finance, terrorism, and human rights.