Introduction to International Relations

A tall glass and concrete structure fronted by the flags of various nations stands against a blue sky.

The United Nations Headquarters in New York City. (Image courtesy of oriol04 on flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


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Spring 2018



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This course provides an introduction to the causes of international conflict and cooperation. Topics include war initiation, crisis bargaining, international terrorism, nuclear strategy, interstate economic relations, economic growth, international law, human rights, and environmental politics.

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Jarrod Hayes. 17.41 Introduction to International Relations. Spring 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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