Are you a Realist, a Liberal, or a Constructivist?
International anarchy is natural (no world gov), States are the supreme players, states are self interested.
Realism- International relations are mostly influenced by state's fiscal and military power, the world exist within a zero sum game, and that competition and conflict are natural and eternal. It believes that the role of the state is to better itself, concerned about relative power.
Liberalism- wants growth in economic interdependence and international organizations, believes that domestic goals should match foreign goals (like being a world citizen vs a citizen of a country). Believes in a variable sum game, not concerned with relative gains, that conflict isn't necessary.
Constructivist- believe that international anarchy isn't necessary, Believes ideas and culture as being the strongest factors influencing international relations, goal of foreign policies are to assimilate others into your ideology, conflict and competition aren't necessary and can be overcome .
These are the three main philosophies dealing with international affairs, which one do you agree with most.