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George Lawson IR100 - The structure of international society: what is international relations? (week 1) Lecture slides Original citation: Lawson, G. (2012)

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1 George Lawson IR100 - The structure of international society: what is international relations? (week 1) Lecture slides Original citation: Lawson, G. (2012) IR100 - The structure of international society: what is international relations? (week 1). [Teaching Resource] © 2012 The Author This version available at: Available in LSE Learning Resources Online: May 2012 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. This license allows the user to remix, tweak, and build upon the work even for commercial purposes, as long as the user credits the author and licenses their new creations under the identical terms.

2 IR100 Lecture George Lawson

3 Don’t panic!

4 What is IR? The study of war? Realists The study of peace? Liberals The study of capitalism and its inequalities? Marxists The study of the masculinist, hegemonic discourses which lie behind global power structures? Post- modernists The study of events, current affairs or world news? Historians/Journalists All of the above? Future leaders …

5 So is this IR? Inter vs. intra National vs. state … and relations Leading to … an anarchical system in which sovereign states follow their national interests

6 What about all this? The world market: trade, finance, labour International organisations: EU, IMF, UN Migration: look around the room! Ideas: democracy, revolution, communism, feminism, nationalism, Islamism, racism New forms of communication: social media, the internet, , mobiles New security issues: HIV/Avian Flu/environmental degradation, human security Global (un)civil society: movements against war or world poverty (Jubilee 2000) lobbyists on particular issues (Amnesty, Greenpeace, MSF) far right groups and football hooligans

7 Image Placeholder Image: Iceberg with mass above and below water level shown. Subscription resource: No URL: content/uploads/2010/11/iceberg.jpg Edited: No This image was removed due to copyright being held by another party.

8 The Structure of International Society Anarchy States Sovereignty Hierarchy Non-state actors Dependence What lies beneath the surface? Capitalism Race Gender Blood and gore

9 IR as a polo mint? Image Placeholder Image: A Polo mint. Subscription resource: No URL: images/Media/Pix/pictures/2004/07/27/PoloLee 2.jpg Edited: No This image was removed due to copyright being held by another party.


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