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Welcome to The IR Theory Web Site


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The International Relations (IR) Theory Web site is an on-line resource for students, scholars and other professionals interested in International Relations theory and research.

What is IR theory?
International Relations theory entails the development of conceptual frameworks and theories to facilitate the understanding and explanation of events and phenomena in world politics, as well as the analysis and informing of associated policies and practices.

Why study IR theory?
The discipline of IR was officially established after World War 1 with a view to avoiding future mass conflicts and ensuring peaceful change. This remains a worthy goal, but today the scope and complexities of world politics demand an understanding of a much wider range of issues. Moreover, new conceptual frameworks and theories are required to improve our understanding and assist in the development of better policies and practices.


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