Definition of international relations 

: a branch of political science concerned with relations between nations and primarily with foreign policies

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Joining me now is one of the truth sages of history of international relations, Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution. Fox News, "Meadows, Dershowitz react after Lisa Page defies subpoena," 12 July 2018 Julie Chernov Hwang is an associate professor in the department of political science and international relations at Goucher College. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 Think earthquakes — one after another after another, jolting the landscape of international relations and leaving behind ever-greater chaos. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "There Is No Cleaning Up the Foreign Policy Mess Trump Is Making," 11 July 2018 The first round’s impact is not that big, but the key is whether there will be more — a second round of revenge and retaliation and a third round,’’ said Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing. Washington Post,, "Trump has wanted to take on China for years. His trade war begins today," 6 July 2018 As Dunkley pulls on various threads, the grim plot unfolds outward into secretive international relations between Australia, China and the United States. New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Secret City’ and ‘Blue Valentine’," 5 July 2018 Here is a look at what's at stake, and what the election results mean for Turkey and its international relations. Elena Becatoros,, "What's next for Turkey as Erdogan gains new executive powers?," 25 June 2018 Inertia is a powerful force in international relations, and institutions and pre-existing agreements are often hard to reform. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Pompeo on What Trump Wants," 25 June 2018 Bryan Nakayama is a visiting lecturer in international relations at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., whose research focuses on the relationship between technology and warfare. Bryan Nakayama, Fortune, "3 Reasons Trump’s New Space Force Would Be a Disaster," 21 June 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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: an area of study or knowledge concerned with relations between different countries

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