international relations


plural in form but singular in construction
: a branch of political science concerned with relations between nations and primarily with foreign policies

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Havana syndrome saga is an epic failure of science, one with severe consequences both for patients and for international relations, which reveals how medical evidence warps under political pressure. Mitchell J. Valdés-sosa, Scientific American, 6 Mar. 2023 Michael Desch, international relations professor at the University of Notre Dame, was also with Webb leading the tour. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2023 Michael Desch, international relations professor at the University of Notre Dame, was also with Webb leading the tour. Cathy Free, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Feb. 2023 This year's conference is focused on threats to the accepted rules of international relations nearly a year after Russian troops invaded Ukraine. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 19 Feb. 2023 Xing Yue, a professor of international relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing, said the tensions might not ease before summer. Edward Wong, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2023 But the same history tells us that episodes like these can still have outsize effects on international relations at a time of rising global tension. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2023 The story makes audience think about true peace amidst the complexities of international relations. Patrick Frater, Variety, 25 Jan. 2023 Asian countries also actively seek more trade and investment with the U.S., says Miura Hideyuki, associate professor of international relations at Kyorin University in Tokyo. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of international relations was in 1914

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“International relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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