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International relations is a branch of political science. Predominant study topics are politics, economics and law on a global level. It represents the study of foreign affairs and global issues among states within the international system, including the roles of states, international organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and multinational corporations (MNCs).
The United Nations (UN) is an international organization that describes itself as a "global association of governments facilitating co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, and social equity"; It is the most prominent international institution. Many of the legal institutions follow the same organisational structure as the UN.
- World Trade Organisation
- World Bank
- International Monetary Fund
- African Development Bank
- Asian Development Bank
International legal bodies
- United Nations Human Rights Council
- Human Rights Committee
- European Court of Human Rights
- Inter-American Court of Human Rights
- International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
- International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
- International Criminal Court
- International Court of Justice
- European Court of Justice
- African Court of Justice
- International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Regional security arrangements
- Thomas Hobbes Leviathan
- Immanuel Kant Perpetual Peace
- Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau The social contract
- Thucydides The History of the Peloponnesian war
- International Relations and Security Network (ISN) - An online service providing a wide range of free, high quality IR resources, including news, electronic publications, academic research papers, e-learning courses, links and dossiers.
- Global Change, Peace and Security
- Article on Realism x Liberalism - Harvard International Review article promoting virtues of Liberalism over Realism
- The Foreign Relations of the United States: The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian and printed volumes are available from the Government Printing Office. This digital collection has been digitized and is publicly accessible from the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center.
- International Relations Resource Center
- World Association of International Studies Stanford University Politics and Culture Forum
- Briefing paper series of "Master of International Relations" studies, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
- Abstracts of seminal books and articles in the academic study of International Relations
- Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
- The Indian National Interest - Geopolitics and strategic affairs from an Indian perspective
- PDF (449 KiB) - Article outlining a more equitable system of global relations.
- The Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School