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International Relations

The field of international relations is concerned both with relations that occur across national boundaries and with the patterns or structures according to which such relations take place.

More specifically, international relations examines the actors, issues, and actions which have impacts beyond national boundaries. As an academic discipline, the field attempts to define these phenomena, explain the historical and present patterns of their occurrence, and illuminate the contexts in which certain patterns are likely to be experienced. As such, international relations looks not just to the actors and the systems within which their interactions take place, but it also attempts to ascertain how the particular systems evolved, why particular actors at one time or another have somehow dominated international affairs, and how in their interactions various actors have contributed to shaping issues and patterns in international affairs.


Professors Teaching in International Relations