to The IR Theory Web Site
Sources: US Department of State Photo Centre, Whitehouse Photo Gallery,
UN Photo Library & PoliticalWorld.org
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?
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
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.