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A review of several theories of international relations.
# 152333 | 1,340 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 28, 2013 in International Relations (General)

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This paper discusses Morgenthau's theory on international relations and his six principles of political realism. The paper then turns to other international relations theories and explains the beliefs of Wendt as well as how social international theory today has to consider religion in some way to fully encompass the current dominant players as is represented by the Middle East, and other Islamic nation-states.

Morgenthau's Six Principles of Political Realism
Other International Relations Theories

From the Paper:

"Morgenthau says that while power is perhaps the assumed aspect of international relations on the part of the international leader, the meaning of power in and of itself, is not a fixed meaning (online). The leader of any country cannot be supported by his electorate, or even by the people over whom he or she might reign as dictator. To do so would bring about an end to that political leader's elected career, or, if it is a dictator, certainly such a dictator who failed to make decisions that brought about some level of improved condition of the people over whom he holds power as dictator, would revolt. Such a leader's focus on power, above and beyond the interests of the people, would find his or her seat of power a deteriorating one. Nor would it behoove the self-interest of the leader to approach international policy from the perspective of self-interest, power, but then to fail to negotiate or act in a way that would limit his or her power by way of attempting to be the most powerful leader in the room."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aaron, Raymond and Mahoney, Daniel. Peace and War: A Theoryof International Relations. Transaction Publishers, 2003.
  • Knutson, Torbjorn. A History of International Relations Theory. Manchester University Press, 1997.
  • Morgenthau, Hans Joachim and Lang, Anthony F. Political Theory and International Affairs: Hans J. Morgenthau on Aristotle. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004.
  • Morgenthau, J. Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace. Alfred A. Knopf, 1978. pp 4-15
  • Rothstein, Robert L. and Fox, William T. The Evolution of Theory in International Relations. The University of South Carolina Press, 1992.

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