International Relations is a vibrant field of significant growth and change. This book guides students through the complexities of over 40 central concepts and core theories, relating them at all times to contemporary issues and debates.

Each concept is divided into five sections to allow rapid familiarization with the topic and provide signposts for further exploration:

Core questions to address; Definition; Theoretical perspectives; Empirical problems; Core reading and useful websites

In addition the major theories are covered by six-part entries that give a 360 degree view of the strengths, weaknesses, applications and methodologies of each one:

An introduction to the core questions; Overview and background; Methodologies; Empirical application; Central criticism; Core reading and useful websites

Clear and highly readable, Key Concepts in International Relations is an essential guide for students on politics and international relations courses.

Security Community

Security community

1. Core Questions Addressed

  • How can stable peace be achieved under the condition of anarchy?
  • What types of security communities can be differentiated?
  • Under which conditions are security communities established?

2. Definitions

The concept of a security community was introduced to International Relations by Karl W. Deutsch in 1957, describing a community of states in which violence or even war has become an inconceivable course of action among members. Starting with the fundamental question of how durable and stable peace can be possible on the international level under the condition of anarchy, Deutsch points to the simple mechanism of community-building observable on a personal or national level. Deutsch discerns that the sense of an integrative ‘we-feeling’, created by communicative processes such as shared knowledge, or the transaction ...

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