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Key Issues in International Politics - Chapter Summary
Check out this useful online chapter to explore key issues in international politics. As you follow along with our expert instructors, you'll contextualize unilateralism and multilateralism in terms of international relations. The chapter also dives into the relationship between national interests and human rights in international politics. Take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to make sure you fully understand the chapter material. You can also access the chapter at any time using your computer, smartphone or tablet. When you're finished, you should be able to:
- Differentiate between human rights and national interests in international politics
- Define the concepts of unilateralism and multilateralism
- Assess the roles of unilateralism and multilateralism in international relations
1. National Interests vs. Human Rights in International Politics
In international relations, scholars who focus on human rights have been called idealists, while those who focus on national interest are known as realists. Today, many politicians and experts have said this division between human rights and national interest is false, and that human rights are in the national interest.
2. Unilateralism: Definition & International Relations
In this lesson, we will define unilateralism in international relations, and look at modern examples of unilateralism. Unilateralism, when one state ignores the interests of other states, is contrasted with multilateralism, when states act cooperatively.
3. Multilateralism: Definition & International Relations
In this lesson we will learn what multilateralism is, look at an example of multilateralism involving nuclear proliferation, and examine when multilateralism might not work well.
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