Introduction to International Relations

Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives

by Joseph Grieco, G. John Ikenberry and Michael Mastanduno

Chapter 6: Pathways to Interstate Peace

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Outside resources

Video resources

  • For an interesting Allen Sens video on economic interdependence (and liberalism), click here.
  • Listen to this video in which Edward Luck (an IR scholar and United Nations official) discuss whether international institutions matter.

Primary sources and further learning

  • Read the actual text of the United Nations charter here.
  • Read the original covenant of the League of Nations here.
  • To learn more about the origins of the League of Nations and the UN, their differences, and the challenges the UN faces today, read this piece from the BBC.

Relevant news articles

  • Read this article about the first high-level military talks between North and South Korea in a long time.
  • Check out this piece from Foreign Policy which looked ahead to talks between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The piece looks at diplomatic incentives for Obama, and touches on many of the themes from Chapter 6.

Games and activities

  • Check out this activity from the BBC about the League of Nations.