International Relations, Realism, Liberalism, And Constructivism

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The previous three weeks, we have learned a lot about the fundamentals on International Relations and the various theories and practices applied to the real world. When discussing the basic theories of international relations, realism, liberalism, and constructivism, we can apply these to some of the most prominent leaders in our world.
In regards to Russia 's President, Vladimir Putin, the theoretical perspective he best embodies is realism. According to the theory of realism, the states believe that the international system is anarchical and they believe only in their own self-interest and survival. The needed power in order to secure this belief, comes in representation through great military strength. Time and time again, Russia has proven this statement, a more prior historical event revolves around their interest in the Northern Sea Route in the Artic. According to the article on Aljazeera, Russia’s Artic Opportunity, “new Russian naval doctrine calls for Russia to increase its maritime presence in the Arctic”. Establishing this military presence in the region allows for multiple opportunities that will benefit Russia. Economically, the region is full of untapped resources, ranging from minerals and fish, but also encompasses undiscovered oil and natural gas. Known to most, Russia is almost the sole dependence of energy for Europe through these resources. If Russia were to tap into these extra resources, it will just increase its hold on European reliance to Russia.
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