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Ch 1: Understanding World Conflicts

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Watch video lessons on understanding world conflicts and learn about the nature of modern war, balance of power, United Nations and more. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Understanding World Conflicts - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Explore the nature of modern wars and conflicts in this chapter, which introduces you to such concepts as balance of power, collective security and polarity. You'll learn about different approaches to international relations and examine some non-state organizations and their roles. Wrap up this chapter with a look at the role that the United Nations plays in international peace-keeping. When you've watched all the lessons in this chapter, you'll be familiar with:

  • Different types of modern wars
  • Reasons conflicts occur
  • Theoretical viewpoints on international relations
  • Roles played by international organizations
  • Components of the U.N.

Video Objectives
The Nature of Modern Wars & Conflicts Discuss religious, ethnic and economic wars, genocide and terrorism. Describe how cultural issues, arms races or self-interest lead to conflicts.
Understanding the Balance of Power, Polarity & Collective Security in World Conflicts Define these key terms and understand how such concepts as unipolarity, multipolarity, unilateralism and bilateralism relate to military intervention.
Theoretical Approaches to International Relations: Realism, Liberalism & Marxism Analyze major approaches to international relations, including Marxism, literalism and realism.
The Role of Non-State Entities & International Organizations in World Conflicts Assess how non-state entities and organizations maintain peace and contribute to war. Discuss the League of Nations, U.N. and Hezbollah.
The United Nations as an International Peace-Keeping Force Examine the U.N.'s role and such components as the Security Council, General Assembly and International Court of Justice.

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding World Conflicts
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The Nature of Modern Wars & Conflicts

1. The Nature of Modern Wars & Conflicts

In this lesson, we will examine the nature of modern conflicts. We will learn why war takes place, what types of war exist, and what themes have been integral to 20-century conflicts.

Understanding the Balance of Power, Polarity & Collective Security in World Conflicts

2. Understanding the Balance of Power, Polarity & Collective Security in World Conflicts

In this lesson, we will examine some of the theoretical concepts related to modern global conflict. Specifically, we will look at balance of power, types of polarity and lateralism, and collective security.

Theoretical Approaches to International Relations: Realism, Liberalism & Marxism

3. Theoretical Approaches to International Relations: Realism, Liberalism & Marxism

In this lesson, we will look at the major approaches toward international relations, namely realism, liberalism, and Marxism. We will learn the differences between these approaches and how they each impact foreign policy.

The Role of Non-State Entities & International Organizations in World Conflicts

4. The Role of Non-State Entities & International Organizations in World Conflicts

In this lesson, we will learn about the role of non-state entities and international organizations in modern world conflicts. We will identify notable examples and see the part they have played in 20th-century conflicts.

The United Nations as an International Peace-Keeping Force

5. The United Nations as an International Peace-Keeping Force

In this lesson, we will look at the role of the United Nations as a global peacekeeping force. We will explore U.N. functions and examine the structure of the organization.

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