International Relations, Realism, And Constructivism

1. Studying International Relations (IR) is very important in today 's society, with things like the Syrian civil war and the ISIS take over in Iraq. Studying international relations is consolidating of all of the information that we receive from the media, and examining it from numerous, and opposing points of view. There are three theories in international relations Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism to study international relations you must first understand each of these theories and how they relate or differ. Each theory in international relations is essentially a different approach to problem solving in the international community, it helps us to understand why war and conflicts exist.
2. Realism is often considered the pessimistic or negative approach to things. One with a realistic perspective would take the approach of seeing the glass as half empty, as opposed to the liberalist approach, which is more of a glass half full
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A unipolar system exist when a centralized power creates, issues and enforces laws. Controls the military as well as the state 's economic instruments. In a unipolar system the central power also combats any attempts for subordinates to gain their own independence or greater autonomy. (Rourke and Boyer 2010) A bipolar system exist when there is hostility between the actors in the system. In a bipolar system the one actor attempts to overthrow and eliminate the opposing actor in the state. Increase your own power by means of recruiting, and preventing the opposition from gaining recruits. (Rourke and Boyer 2010) A tripolar system exist when three players work in peace, or try to avoiding hostility between both players simultaneously. (Rourke and Boyer 2010) For a multipolar system to exist an actor must strive for self preservation, it must do this by resisting opposing actors that attempt to gain dominance. It must do this by either negotiating or fighting while maintaining stability. (Rourke and Boyer

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