Mark Simpson looks at the evolution of International relations as a study and the methods that scholars have over the decades used to study I. R. Judging from this analysis, do International Relations have any relevance in the 21st century? Justify your answer. We are now living in the 21st century, our world has been through two major world wars and we are still fighting many wars and battles. It has been found that many countries come together as a team and then end their relationships with blood in their hands. Presidents from all around the globe come together to celebrate or to negotiate deals.
We also have the United Nations, which is an international power that is made up of different nations to help the countries that need help. International trade takes place between all the different countries so that we receive the benefits that other countries offer. International relations is said to be the backbone of the news that occurs all around the globe. Every day when we watch the news on the television we find that they have local and international news why is this? Why it is so important to us to learn what is going on in other countries? Well during world war one there was a birth of the League of Nations. It was here that we found the very first time countries coming together to help their neighbors. This is the real birth of international relations; it was found here that different countries helped them with food supply, ammunition and soldiers.
In world war two the growth of realism took place, this dominated the international relations. What is realism? “Realism is grounded in an emphasis on power politics and pursuit of national interests” according to international relations from a realism point of view politics internationally was anarchic, it is when a state or country acts in order to benefit for its own interests and not the rest of the world. Then you get pluralism definition which is where there is a diffusion of power only among a few countries. This took place during 60s and 70s. If you look at today the 21st century we find that we still need the support of other countries.
Take a look at the 9/11 saga when the bombings in America took place. America needed help even though they had a lot of power and many countries agreed to help them. If you look at Zimbabwe without the help of many countries the citizens of Zimbabwe would be dying of starvation and the internal war. I believe that international relations is very important because every country is affected with international news. We have to keep in contact with all the nations in order for trade, economic, social and many other reasons.
International relations have the same relevance now like it did centuries ago. This does not mean that because world war one and two is over that we don’t need interaction between the nations. We still have the war in the Middle East and the problem of Zimbabwe which affects everyone. If there were no international relations you wouldn’t be aware of what’s going on around us. Looking at the price of fuel the reason of it being so high in South Africa is because the imported oil from other countries which keeps going up.