Introduction to International Relations: Nature and Processes

Spring 21

The quest for peace and stability is the most crucial concern for International Relations. Violence and conflict being a consistent factor in International Relations also, in turn, stimulated consistent efforts to avoid and mitigate them. Yet, even after centuries of effort, the solution to the problems of international conflict is still elusive. Among many factors that restrict the efforts to find the solution to international conflicts is the lack of understanding of the factors which cause international conflicts and the serious ruptures it causes in the progress of human civilization. The inequalities and injustices in the current international relations’ structure also put hurdles in developing international understanding and lead to many misperceptions, crises, and conflicts in international affairs. In contemporary international relations, finding ways to limit, restrict, and de-escalate international crises and conflict situations are ever more important. This is mainly because of the improvement of technologies, and the interconnected world made the cost of international conflicts more global, catastrophic, and even threatening to the human civilization itself.

The proposed course seeks to inculcate in students a comprehensive understanding of the psychological, historical, and ideological factors which cause international conflict. It explores the efforts of scholars and practitioners to understand the factors which cause international conflicts. It will comprehensively enhance the students’ awareness about global affairs and cultivate them to become articulate, confident, and thinking global citizens.

Srikanth Thaliyakkattil

Srikanth Thaliyakkattil

Srikanth Thaliyakkattil received his PhD from the School of International Studies, Peking University. In his PhD thesis he analysed the Indian perceptions of China over the last century through a political psychology framework.