The main schools of IR theory are liberalism (or idealism) whose adherents believe that international systems can be developed to preserve peace and ensure cooperation and realism whose adherents believe that the world is in a state of "international anarchy" requiring states to pursue and aggressive, self-interested foreign policy.
Columbia International Affairs Online
Portal for theory and research in international affairs. Published are working and occasional papers series, policy briefs; conference proceedings, and books from research institutes. Subscription required for most items; site also lists events and related links.
IR Theory Web Site
A collection of articles outlining major ideas in the discipline of international relations. Also provides related links.
Political Systems, Violence, and War
A paper prepared for the US Institute of Peace, by R.J. Rummel examines the relationship between democratic and socialist political systems and their propensity for war.
Scripts for students of international relations
Scripts from courses at the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies.
Wikipedia: International Relations Theory
Encyclopedia article explaining different schools of international relations theory.
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