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    Throughout, political history, power has played a distinguished part in the causes and understanding of how and why state actors fight, cooperate and live with one another. Moreover, power in international society has never been disturbed equally. Therefore, what is power and what forms can it shape to affect international relations? The three political theories of realism, marxism and social constructivism define power in association with the taxonomy principles of concepts. Therefore, it is the

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    The conception is power in International Relations is a key to a better understanding of the discipline. In many cases the definition of power affects the way in which many issues are tackled in foreign policy or security. There are many theories that try to deal with the conception of power, however they make a rather large number of assumptions that might make them difficult to applicable in real life. Furthermore many of them does not take into consideration that power evolves, therefore if we

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    What is Power? It is no dispute that international relations, in both contemporary times and the past, has always been characterized by power. Relationships between states are usually characterized by one state having power over the other. In reality, the international playing field is characterized by a hierarchy of states, their place in the order depending on the amount of power they possess. Although the existence of power as a central concept in international relations is universally accepted

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    Balance of power is a key concept in international relations. There are many different arguments about this concept that disagree on whether or not it causes or disrupts peace in the world. Two main arguments include those made by realists and liberals. While realist theory holds that a balance between the major powers will create peace, liberals point to many examples in which this isn’t true. There have been many shifts in world power since the first world war that can serve as examples of peace

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    Information is a source of power in international relations. Technology is the capability by which states store information. More so now than ever, countries heavily rely on information technology and data storage in order to facilitate the basic functioning of a state. However, when any state places enough importance on a resource of power, that resource becomes a target. An attack on informational structures of a state are cyber-attacks or “the use of computational technologies in cyberspace for

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    International relations have always been a very important topic. Knowing and understanding the history of international relations is vital to learning how it has evolved and how we can handle it today and in the future. However today our historical egoism, or the idea that we believe we are better and more advanced than those in the past can blind us. In reality, history is a bit more complicated. We often ask if it is a never-ending march of progress or one conflict after another? The best we can

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    Three of the five international relations theories, Realism, Liberalism, and Feminism have very interesting and different positions pertaining to global politics and issues. These theories, although quite different, effect the past present and future of global politics. Realists tend to believe the worst in humanity, that they are inherently selfish, and expect the worst. They are always prepared for war, and will go on the offensive if it means gaining more power and respect. Liberals do not think

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    Realism is considered the most leading school of thought in international relations, as realism is also one of the oldest and most entrenched theories of International Relations (Steans, Pettiford, Diez & El-Anis 2013, p. 53). All realist share a perspective that states are unitary rational actors that are encouraged by the desire for military power and security rather than principles or ethics. Realists view human nature as self-seeking, conflictual and competitive and consider that states are inherently

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    Organisation was established for the purpose of ending power politics it has not been able to function so well as supposed or intended in its inception. Thus the world has remained just the same as before and we still live in an age of power politics. In the general international relations literature, realism stands out for its central focus on the idea of power. The balance of power endlessly debated and variously defined and it is the core theory of international politics within the realist perspective. In

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    recognition among the main literatures about the importance of “legitimacy” in understanding the dynamics constitutive of the ongoing transformation of power configuration. Legitimacy is an effective approach to read the non-material dimension of power – such as the practice, representation, and reproduction of power. As Hurd argues, to read international politics without paying attention to the competition over legitimacy would leave one with no way to understand such common acts as saving face, offering

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