What does it mean to ‘study International Relations? 2. How do realism and liberalism differ? 3. What are the characteristics of a state? 4. What do “unpopular”, “bipolar”, “Tripoli”, and “multipart” mean? 5. Using a constructivist theoretical lens, explain the current US political relationship with Pakistan. To start off with the first question of what does It mean to study International
Relations the dictionary defines it as: “a branch of political science concerned with relations between nations and primarily with foreign policies” (Merriam-Webster 2014). It a focus of all nations working together to help each other in a common cause and help those in need to help prevent the spread of terrorism, crime, and balance power. It also helps the nations that need help when they are stuck in poverty or a natural disaster strikes the nation. International Relations keeps us more in communication with the world and can help prevent a future world war from happening again.
Answering the second question of how realism and liberalism is quiet simple because they differ quite a bit. After reading the article of Realism and Liberalism In International Relations (Kyle Jungian 2011) realism Is more about power to protect their own state and only will look out for their own Interests such as you have North Korea that only want to benefit things for themselves. Liberalism recognizes the need for an increase in power yet knows it is not capable of doing it alone so they seek cooperation with other states and in a sense develop a type of trust and peace within the world. Tied States thrives in liberalism for example Russia was putting troops in the border of Ukraine and with efforts the U. S. Would speak to Russian’s leader and stop him from causing an invasion on Ukraine and it did not happen their was no conflict the U. S. Had to make. There are four fundamental conditions that need to be made which is: a state must have a territorial base, a stable position must reside within its borders, there should be a government to which this population owes Its allegiance, and a state has to be recognized diplomatically by other states .
Given the answered questions there is still much more to learn about in the class and given current events going on now you can’t help but to wonder what is being done that is not being shown by the media. International Relations is a very important to learn and understand that way one can keep an open mind of what is going.