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Actors in International Relations - Chapter Summary
International relations are complex and are affected by a number of factors -- in both positive and harmful ways. In this chapter, the video lessons discuss some of the key players in international politics. Instructors cover both state and non-state actors involved in a variety of global issues. You'll also strengthen your understanding of the causes or factors -- including economics and religion -- that influence the actions of these groups.
Additionally, the videos in this chapter will refresh your knowledge of national security policy and foreign policy tools. After completing all of the lessons, you should also be able to:
- Describe the United Nations' structure and its role in international relations
- Understand the purposes of NATO, OPEC and the IMF
- Discuss the formation and expansion of the European Union
- Identify the types of non-governmental organizations and their functions
- Understand the influence of multi-national corporations on international relations
- Explain the impact of criminal and terrorist organizations on international politics
- Define the indigenous people's movement
- Recognize the effects of religious movements on international politics
Our video lessons make learning about international relations and politics a convenient process. Most videos are less than 10 minutes long, but you can also study the covered material by reading our lesson transcripts. Each lesson also includes a self-assessment quiz that you can use to check your understanding of international relations topics.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO
In this lesson, we explore the foreign policy of the U.S. and Western Europe directly after WWII. We will look at its theory of containment regarding communism, and the birth of NATO.
4. European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines
In this lesson, we briefly explore the piecemeal formation of the EU and discuss the nature of the Union today and its role as the political authority for most of Europe.
5. The International Monetary Fund (IMF): History & Purpose
International stability requires economic stability. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the International Monetary Fund helps establish economic stability by examining its history and purpose. A short quiz follows.
6. Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC): History & Purpose
Oil is an indispensable and scarce commodity required for energy and modern products. A world without it would look drastically different. In this lesson, you'll learn about the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, including its history and purpose.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Tools of Foreign Policy
This lesson will explain some of the different tools used in foreign policy. It will focus on diplomacy, sanctions, containment, collective security, deterrence, and military force.
13. The Economics of National Security Policy
The national security interest of the United States is broad, complex and involves far more than mere military security. In this lesson, you'll learn how economics fits into the overall national security policy of the United States.
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