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International Relations Conflict Theories


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International Relations Conflict Theories

  1. 1. IR Resource 1D CONFLICT Student Friendly Learning Targets I can describe theories of international relations.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Personal Conflict IR Resource 1D
  4. 4. Nation to Nation Conflict IR Resource 1D
  5. 5. International Relations Theories
  6. 6. Liberal Theory  Liberal Theory : A political theory that believes that human nature is basically good.  Individuals form into groups and those groups form into states.  States generally cooperate and follow international procedure but sometimes war is not inevitable.
  7. 7. Realist Theory 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. 
  8. 8. Radical Theory  Radical 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  Class Warfare  Relatively new theory to paradigm