What is International Relations?
International relations involves the study of politics among nations, and, more and more these days, among all sorts of non-state actors who operate in the global environment. Traditional subjects of interest have concerned interstate war, deterrence, cooperation, alliances, power, the balance of power, economic sanctions, economic growth and stability, and international institutions. More recent topics include human rights, NGOs and other transnational actors, globalization, civil and ethnic conflict, international justice and global civil society.
Princeton’s international relations faculty conducts research and trains graduate students across the full range of theories, methods (historical, statistical and formal), and substantive research interests (security studies, international law and organization, political economy, transnational civil society, and normative analysis) in the field.
To view the International Relations Subfield Guide, click here.