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Actors in International Politics - Chapter Summary
As you progress through this comprehensive international relations chapter, you'll identify and evaluate significant actors in international politics. Our expert instructors will explain the roles of state and non-state actors as well as multi-national corporations, non-governmental organizations and religious movements in international politics. You can work through the chapter at your own pace using any Internet-connected device. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you retain the information. Upon completion of the chapter, you'll be able to:
- Explain the concept of sovereignty in world politics
- Identify state and non-state actors in international politics
- Evaluate the history and role of the United Nations in international politics
- Understand how multi-national corporations and non-governmental organizations operate as international political actors
- Describe the role of criminal organizations and terrorists in international politics
- Assess the impact that indigenous people's movements have had on governments and international politics
- Contextualize religious movements in the world of international politics
1. Sovereignty in World Politics
The primary players in international politics are sovereign states. In this lesson, you'll learn about the concept of state sovereignty in the international system and related concepts. You'll also have an opportunity to take a short quiz.
2. State & Non-State Actors in International Politics
While states still reign supreme on the world stage, they are by no means the only significant actors playing the game of international politics. In this lesson, you'll learn about state and non-state actors on the world stage.
3. The United Nations' History & Role in International Politics
One of the most influential and far-reaching intergovernmental organizations in the world today is the United Nations. In this lesson, you'll learn about the United Nations, including its history, structure, and role in international politics.
4. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as International Political Actors
States aren't the only actors on the world stage. Nongovernmental organizations play an important role in our international system. In this lesson, you'll learn what nongovernmental organizations are and how they affect the world. A short quiz follows.
5. Multi-National Corporations as International Political Actors
Multinational corporations are serious players on the world stage. In fact, they are often more influential than many states. In this lesson, you'll learn about multinational corporations and their role in international relations. A short quiz follows.
6. Terrorist & Criminal Organizations as International Political Actors
The globalization process doesn't just involve business. Criminals and terrorists have 'gone global,' too. In this lesson, you learn about terrorists and transnational criminal organizations as actors on the world stage.
7. Indigenous People's Movements, Governments & International Politics
The Age of Discovery introduced European explorers to new worlds to settle. These lands really weren't new - they were already inhabited, but that didn't matter. In this lesson, you'll learn about indigenous people's movements and their relation to international politics.
8. The Role of Religious Movements in International Politics
Religion has reentered the world of international relations with religious-based terrorist groups. However, religious movements are not limited to acts of terror. You'll learn about the role of religious movements in international politics.
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