This is a very good introduction to two of the major theories of International Relations Theory. The conservative theory of the Realists is like a Hobbesian theory of individuals applied to nation-states. In Yankeedom these are the Neocons. Realists are against globalization and for the autonomy of nation-states. Liberal theories see nation-states as subordinate to global capitalism. Each theory helps us to understand what is going on now from the point of view of the rulers. World-Systems Theory explains what is going on from the viewpoint of social class and criticism of capitalism. Unfortunately, World Systems Theory is not mentioned in this article.
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