Steven D. Roper

PLS 2253: Introduction to International Relations (online)
Spring 2011

Course Information:


Software Requirements

Introduction: Definition of Terms

International Relations Theories

Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

Examination 1 (13 February)

International Organizations and Public International Law

International Trade and Monetary Systems and Policies

Examination 2 (27 March)

Theories of Integration and the European Union

International Development

Examination 3 (1 May)

International Relations (Links):

  • BBC World News
  • PBS
  • Funny story
  • Situation in Burma
  • Biography of Robert Schuman
  • Bretton Woods
  • Casus foederis in regards to NATO
  • Countrywatch lists various nation-states
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Geneva Conventions
  • Greenbook on foreign assistance
  • Idealism was embodied in the League of Nations (here is a map of the League membership and a timeline)
  • Keohane's neoliberalism
  • Marshall Plan was revolutionary in its vision
  • Montevideo Convention
  • NTBs
  • NonAligned Movement
  • Persona non grata
  • Photo of Chamberlain and Hitler and paper proclaiming "peace in ouir times"
  • Ranking of country GDP
  • Realism
  • Role that large armies play in a post Cold War environment
  • Sovereignty is a basic concept in international relations
  • Statement from Human Rights Watch questioning the U.S. commitment to the Geneva Conventions
  • Switzerland's decision to become full member of UN
  • Treaty of Westphalia
  • Women World Leaders
  • Uncommon Knowledge discusses the role of the UN
  • US Declaration of Independence
  • International Organizations:

  • Amnesty International is one of the world's leading human rights NGOs
  • Asia Development Bank provides loans to Asian countries
  • Council of Europe offers information about the Parliamentary Assembly
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) helps finance economic transitions
  • European Parliament offers official documents and information in many languages
  • Europa is the official site of the European Union
  • EU's section devoted to the euro
  • Discussion of the SEA
  • Expansion of the EU May 2004
  • G8 Information Centre houses documents and publications about the annual G8 summit and participating countries
  • GATT trade rounds
  • Greenpeace is an important NGO
  • Inter-American Development Bank is a regional bank of the Americas
  • International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • International Court of Justice
  • The newly formed International Criminal Court begins in July 2002
  • Coalition for the International Criminal Court
  • Video of the inauguration of the ICC
  • Audio of discussion of the ICC
  • ICTY
  • ICTR
  • Information on trial process for ICTY and ICTR
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) features general information and publications
  • Videos chronicling the history of the IMF
  • Organization of American States is a regional IGO
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) includes statistics, reports and information on macroeconomic issues
  • Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
  • The Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) deals with security and democratization issues in Europe
  • NATO
  • Transparency International campaigns against corruption in international business transactions and produces a country-by-country corruption perception index
  • United Nations offers background, documents, news and more
  • Click here for the UN Declaration of Human Rights
  • UNDP combats international poverty
  • United States Trade Representative's Office negotiates trade agreements on behalf of the president
  • Click here for USAID
  • U.S. State Department provides transcripts, press briefings, human rights documents and more
  • U.S. Embassy in Britain
  • U.S. Embassy in Moldova
  • World Bank features general background and information by region and country
  • Video on World Bank efforts to reduce poverty
  • World Trade Organization (WTO) covers a variety of trade-related issues
  • WTO has a video about the changes from the GATT to WTO