Definition of international relations

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

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According to his LinkedIn profile, Ortis earned a doctorate in international relations at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and speaks Mandarin Chinese. Washington Post, "Indicted Canadian intelligence official had access to allies’ secrets, official says," 18 Sep. 2019 Maybe the East Coast, to study international relations and diplomacy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Teen with autism finds voice through award-winning poetry," 15 Sep. 2019 His ascension to the presidency opened up new, unthinkable possibilities in international relations, like a thawing of relations with Kim and a truce with the Taliban. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, "The Tragedy of Trump Diplomacy," 9 Sep. 2019 Mexico will pay for the wall, without costs to U.S. taxpayers or international relations. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: Trump’s tendency to double down on bad ideas doesn’t bode well for the economy," 25 Aug. 2019 Stromberg, who is trained in Russian studies and international relations, shows no expertise in health care policy. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: This Minnesota rule discriminates against women," 16 Aug. 2019 Katherine Wong, formerly marketing & social coordinator, has assumed a new position as international relations coordinator. Christian Saralegui, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Moves at Peermusic, AG Artists and Country Music Association," 9 Aug. 2019 Hungary’s government's confidence comes not only from its recent election wins at home, but also the changing face of international relations. Fox News, "Hungary backs Trump on asylum crackdown as it touts its own border success," 21 July 2019 Or international relations, philosophy, or art history, for that matter. Fortune, "eBay CEO: Why We Should Teach All Students to Code," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of international relations

1914, in the meaning defined above

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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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