The Theory Of International Relations

1402 Words Dec 14th, 2016 6 Pages
There are different theory of how international relations should operate, such as Liberalism, Realism, Marxism, Constructivism, the English school often called the international society, Feminism, Green theory, Hegemonic stability theory, Postmodernism and Post colonialism. This essay will be focus on realism and how relevant the realist perspective is in the 21st century international relations.
Historically, Realism is the most important approach to discipline of international relations (Nicholson, 2002). The origins of realism can be traced all the way back to “Thucydides the chronicler of the Peloponnesian war” (Griffiths, O’Callaghan, and Roach, 2007). Realism is a dominant school of thought in the theory of international relations and for conceptualizing world politics, it is a highly diverse body of thought. Several past philosophers such as Plato, Niccoló Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin and Max Weber, were also regraded as realist (Griffiths, O’Callaghan, and Roach, 2007). Jørgensen (2010) hold the view that the congenializing of realism was in Europe, it emulates the 19th century European “REALPOLITIK”. Although the theory of realism was born in Europe it was adapted in the United states of America where it has become a dominant tradition. Realism is also one of the most important theory in international politics, it describes the relations between states and how international politics works. Realist are unified by the believe that conflict is…
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