International Relations in an academic sense
is the study of an international system composed of territorial states
which acknowledge no superior authority over matters which they
consider of vital interest.
It analyses the nature of this system -- the
rules and forces governing the behaviour of states, the factors that
lead to military conflict or peaceful co-operation, and the current
trends towards both a more integrated and a more fragmented world.
At DSF, the relations between states is often
the centre of discussion, not just to do with potential conflict, but
also economic relations, co-operation and development.