After studying this chapter, you will be able to do the following:
- Discuss some of the major post–World War II and post–Cold War challenges for the international system.
- Describe some of the current patterns in international politics including the critical roles played by national interest and power.
- Explain the concept of balance of power using examples.
- Identify the principle characteristics of domination in international politics.
- Explain the concept of multilateralism including the theory and practice of the United Nations and role of regional integration.
- Define neutrality, nonalignment, and isolation in international relations.
- Discuss some of the key nonstate actors in the international system—nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), terrorist groups, and multinational corporations (MNCs).