Conway W. Henderson (1998) said that International Relations is a study of who gets what, when, and how matters external to states or in matters crossing national boundary lines. We know that ‘who’ are international actors such as states, individu, MNCs, international organizations, and others. Each actors endeavor to get ‘what’ or an opportunity/interest. Then ‘when’, it happens if there are any international communication between them and ‘how’, it depends on characteristic and their interest to do international relations.
International relations is such an exciting and interesting subject to study. In a world where thousands of nuclear weapons exist and more countries are trying to acquire them, where suicide terrorist strikes come without warning and thousands die each day from poverty caused by the way the international system operates, we need to know about and understand international relations. Many issues and theories may inspire your interest in international relations. To make international relations, they (states) do through their own foreign policy.
Foreign policy is a substantial form of a nation in conducting relations with other countries. Anything that nation take is called foreign policy, even their silent or do not involve for the issues in international scope, it is still called foreign policy. The pattern of foreign policy is shaped by national interest. It is why many countries take involve in international issues because they have their national interest to be gained. It cause a competition between the state to strengthen the power. In fact, the international system nowaday is not unipolar anymore but turning to multipolar. We can see how China’s emerging power, India, European Union, and others.
After the cold war, hard power is not necessary anymore. Every countries start to develop their soft power to give an influence and gain their national interest, as well as China, EU, India, and others. It is because soft power is more simple, faster, and less expensive. Soft power become an important agenda in foreign policy even hard power is still needed. Their competition is all about power and national interest. That is why, some internatioanl issues are complicated to be solved than we tought.
So equally importantly, a degree in international relations will provide you with the tools to make sense of the complex world around us, to think on your feet and consider international issues and events from a wide variety of perspectives. You may think you can ignore international relations - but international relations won't ignore you!
Henderson, Conway W. (1998). International Relations: Conflict and Cooperation at the Turn of 21st Century. New York: McGraw Hill.
Sheehan, Mike & Brocklehurst, Helen. (2015). Why International Relations Is the Key to All Our Futures. Retrieved April 12, 2015, fromWhy international relations is the key to all our futures - Magazines - Student - The Independent