Definition of international relations

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

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Kamala Harris vows not to conduct international relations by tweet, while Kirsten Gillibrand promises... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 Contribution," 27 Jan. 2019 In Vox’s Borders series, Johnny travels the globe to listen to the people living on the front lines of international relations. Johnny Harris, Vox, "Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war," 18 Dec. 2018 Maurício Santoro, a professor of international relations at Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University, told the Financial Times on Tuesday. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Decoding Bolsonaro’s “make Brazil great” foreign policy," 31 Oct. 2018 Ocasio-Cortez graduated with degrees in international relations and economics and could have gone to work for Wall Street. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Other Progressives are Defining the Midterms," 15 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s new tariffs are straining international relations, from Canada to China and Turkey. Politifact, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Lies and Misleading Claims Have Grown in Volume Since the Start of the Presidency," 22 Aug. 2018 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

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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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