international relations

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Definition of international relations

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

Examples of international relations in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before his conviction in 2007, Yagman left a significant imprint on civil rights litigation, establishing new case law on matters from police brutality to international relations. Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Reneau, a mom of 11, has a master's degree in international relations with a focus in U.S. space policy from Harvard and is an advocate for human space travel. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 20 Aug. 2021 The history of modern international relations is inextricably entangled with that of oil, the key energy resource of the post-World War I era. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021 There was no indication that Facebook’s and Twitter’s top leaders were aware of the abuse, said Edleen John, who heads international relations and corporate affairs for the Football Association, England’s governing body for the sport. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 In a wider strategic sense, the withdrawal underscores how the War on Terror -- which US and allied leaders insisted would be the organizing principle of international relations for decades to come -- has faded as the dominant priority. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 30 June 2021 But the senior cleric lacks foreign policy experience and has offered only vague statements about international relations. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 20 June 2021 With the same party almost assured to remain in power, Japan’s policies on the economy, trade, international relations, and other matters are unlikely to change., 3 Sep. 2021 With the same party almost assured to remain in power, Japan’s policies on the economy, trade, international relations and other matters are unlikely to change. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of international relations

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of international relations was in 1914

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14 Oct 2021

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“International relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of international relations

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

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