Learning Objectives

After studying this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  1. Discuss some of the major post–World War II and post–Cold War challenges for the international system.
  2. Describe some of the current patterns in international politics including the critical roles played by national interest and power.
  3. Explain the concept of balance of power using examples.
  4. Identify the principle characteristics of domination in international politics.
  5. Explain the concept of multilateralism including the theory and practice of the United Nations and role of regional integration.
  6. Define neutrality, nonalignment, and isolation in international relations.
  7. Discuss some of the key nonstate actors in the international system—nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), terrorist groups, and multinational corporations (MNCs).