IR Resource 1D
Student Friendly Learning Targets
I can describe theories of international relations.
What is Conflict?
1. Conflict - is defined as an actual or perceived
opposition of needs, values, and interests.
2. A conflict can be internal (within oneself) or
external (between two or more individuals).
3. Conflict as a concept can help explain many
aspects of social life such as social
disagreement, conflicts of interests, and fights
between individuals, groups, or organizations.
4. In political terms, "conflict" can refer to wars,
revolutions or other struggles, which may involve
the use of force as in the term armed conflict.
Theory : A political theory that
believes that human nature is basically
Individuals form into groups and those
groups form into states.
States generally cooperate and follow
international procedure but sometimes war
is not inevitable.
Realist Theory : A view of the world
defined by assuming that the international
community is in chaos and consists of
political units called states.
States are primary actors and possess some
offensive military capability or power which
makes them dangerous to each other.
States can never be sure of the intentions of
other states, and a state’s motivation is
simply to survive.
States think strategically how to survive.
Theory: The uneven
distribution of resources in the
international system creates conflict
between the haves and the have-nots and
influence all actions and interactions.
Rich v. Poor
Relatively new theory to paradigm