The Major Problems That International Relations

1639 WordsOct 26, 20147 Pages
Causes of War One of the major problems that International Relations has been trying to explain is the phenomenon of war and what causes it? War is a state of armed conflict between different states or different groups within a country. War can take on many forms including world, inter-state, intra-state or revolutionary. In order to figure what causes wars, a theoretical approach is useful to expand our understanding and perspective on the issue. The three theoretical approaches we will explore in this paper are Realism, Liberalism and Marxism. These three approaches are chosen due to their verity as well as how vast their explanation stretches allows for contrasts to show more accurately. As we will discuss later, we will find that there are some similarities between Liberalism and Realism also where Marxism brings in a perspective completely alternate to the first two, adding to the depth of the explanations. Each theoretical approach will be outlined with how their basic perception is and then an example will be used to support the ideal. Once we have shown these examples we will conclude with why Realism approach is the best for describing the causes of war. A realist theoretical approach is probably the most dominant in the area of international relations. Realism has three main sections that it can be divided into but even with their differences they share core principles directly relating to the over arching ideal of realism. The three main principles
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