International Relations

International relations concern the relationships between the world's governments, international organizations, multinational corporations, and individuals. With historical and geographical influences, social structures including economics, cultures, and domestic politics, these elements together influence and power the central trend in international relations today-globalization. Globalization from international relations expands international trade, monetary coordination, cultural exchanges and migration, and the relations between rich and poor countries.

International relation dates back to the early 1600's, at the end of the thirty year war, in large the peace of Westphalia marked the beginning of the nation-state system in Western Europe. The treaties arranged placed a new order based on state sovereignty, allowing each state to its own religious preferences or beliefs. Diplomatic historians rose to prominence stressing the importance of individual leaders to create and maintain coalitions in the 19th century. Woodrow Wilson pushed strongly for the League of Nations after WW1, as international law was being introduced to prevent war in the United States, it was rejected by congress.

The entire population of the world is divided into separate political communities, or independent states, which profoundly affect the way we live our lives each day. These affects take place by influencing the products we purchase, the ideas we value, and the well being of our families. The dollar is based upon economic policies we hold with other nations, if the policies made are weak, our dollar will fall and our standing in the global economy follows. Taxes on foreign products influence whether we, the consumers purchase domestic or foreign goods. We can influence the affects of international relations based on whom we vote for in the elections.

In the United States and other nations the five basic values of state include: Freedom, Security, Justice, Order and Welfare. Peace and progressive change are the fundamental values of international affairs. International relations are an attempt to work towards harmony, coordination and cooperation by avoiding conflicts between states, nations and members or actors involved.

International relation is a very complex and important role in our world and we must come together to solve our differences and put an end to current issues affecting populations. If peace and change are what drives international relations forward, why do wars still exist? Why does harmony seem almost non-existent?