What’s with international relations theory? For starters, theory provides a valuable theoretical framework for understanding a discipline or field of study. University students pay good money to become versed in theory for a reason. Theory allows us to understand the assumptions and ideas guiding the policy and process of diplomacy–and is an essential part to understanding international relations.
This quick primer will help get you up to speed on the two major streams, realism and idealism:
And now, for my personal fave–an exploration on international relations theory in the face of frozen Nazi zombies: