REALIST THEORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
This paper studies the realist theory of International Relations and attempts an explanation of how it illuminates our understanding of inter-state relations. We analyse the key assumptions of the realist theory and look at the main criticisms of the theory with the purpose of establishing how relevant it is to the study of International Relations and world problems today. The thematic, chronological methods and secondary sources are employed in the gathering and presentation of data. The researchers conclude that, despite its criticisms, realism remains a key theory in explaining international relations issue.