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power

Can be seen as an ability to affect change in a society, and an aspect of relations among people functioning within a social setting. There are many different types like hard, soft, smart, military, economic unilateral, multilateral and more.

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sovereignty

A states ability to govern itself.

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realism

Each nation-state must protect itself from other states in an anarchic world order. Realism takes the view that it is 'every state for themselves'. States will have to compete against others for power, and must take an offensive or defensive stance towards all other states, there is no possibility of passivity. Sovereignty is absolute, states must be independent. Mearsheimer believes in offensive realism, where states cannot cooperate for more than temporary alliances and seek to diminish competitors power in order to enhance their own.

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liberalism

States should work together, and use their power by conforming to a world order that is governed by international law and focuses on human rights. Essentially, liberalism dictates that states should cooperate in the world order. sovereignty is not vital in global politics as states must hold one another accountable and sovereignty is often disregarded to ensure that.

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peace

A state of freedom from civil disturbance.

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conflict

A clash between states or actors, can be physical (like open warfare) or more theoretical (like a trade war, or negative relations).

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features of sovereignty

permanent population, defined territory, effective government, capacity to enter into relations with other states.

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legitimacy

the concept of an actor or action generally being considered acceptable by the global community. generally measured by state or international laws or treaties.