Political Realism in International Relations

[Revised entry by W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz on May 24, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In the discipline of international relations there are contending general theories or theoretical
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[Revised entry by W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz on May 24, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In the discipline of international relations there are contending general theories or theoretical perspectives. Realism, also known as political realism, is a view of international politics that stresses its competitive and conflictual side. It is usually contrasted with idealism or liberalism, which tends to emphasize cooperation. Realists consider the principal actors in the international arena to be states, which are concerned with their own security, act in pursuit of their...

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