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Paper—1 (Marks-100)

I. Introduction

  • The Definition and Scope of International Relations.
  •  The Nation-State System
  •  Evolution of International Society

II. Theories and Approaches

  • The Classical Approaches-Realism and Idealism
  • The Scientific Revolution-Behavioral Approach, System Approach,
  • Neo-realism, Neo-liberalism.
  • Post-modernism, Critical Theory, Feminism, Constructivism

III. International Political Security.

  • Conceptualization of security in the Twenty-First century
  • Power. Elements of National Power
  • Balance of Power
  • Foreign Policy: Determinants, Decision Making and Analysis
  • Sovereignty
  • National Interest

IV. Strategic Approach to International Relation.

  • War: Causation of War, Total War, Limited War, Asymmetric Warfare, Civil War, Guerilla Warfare
  • Strategic Culture: Determinants of Pakistani Strategic Culture.
  • Deterrence: Theory and practice with special reference to India and Pakistan

V. International Political Economy.

  • Theories in IPE: Mercantilism, Economic Liberalism, and Neo- Marxism
  • Theories of Imperialism, Dependence and Interdependence discourse

VI. International political community.

  • Nationalism
  • Internationalism
  • Globalization

VII. Approaches to Peace

  • Diplomacy
  • International Law
  • Arms Control /Disarmament and Nuclear Non proliferation Regime

VIII. International Political Institution

  • United Nations
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • World Bank
  • International Court of Justice

Paper- II (Marks-100)

I. International Relation between two Wars

  • Russian Revolution, Fascism, League of Nations, Second World War

II. Cold War

  • Decolonization in Asia and Africa.
  • Rise of United States and Soviet Union,
  • Era of Tight Bipolarity, Détente and Loose Bipolarity, Revival of Cold War

III. Post Cold War

  • End of History, Clash of Civilizations, Terrorism, Globalization, Unipolarity (New World Order) and Revival of Multi-Polarity

IV. International and Regional Organizations

  • League of Nations, United Nations, Regional Organizations, EU, ASEAN, NAFTA, SAARC, SCO, OIC, ECO, WTO.
  • Reforms in the United Nations, World Bank and the IMF

V. Foreign Policy of Selected Countries

  • USA, Russia, China, UK, India, Pakistan and EU

VI. South Asia

  • Peace-making and Peace-Building in South Asia: Analytical overview of peace processes between/among the states of South Asia especially between India and Pakistan.
  • India and Pakistan: Overview of agreements and accords, Indus Water Treaty; Composite Dialogue; Sir Creek & Siachen border, Visa and People to people contact; Trade; and Role of civil society
  • Afghanistan: Cold war theatre; Soviet Invasion and Mujahedeen; Geneva Accord; Post Cold War situation—Rise of Taliban, AL-Qaeda & 9/11; Operation Enduring Freedom; The Bonn Process- Withdrawal

VII. Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
  • Nuclear Weapon States- Programs and Postures: Indian Pakistan Nuclear Doctrines
  • Nuclear Non –Proliferation Regime: International Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty; Nuclear Supplier Group; Partial Test Ban Treaty; Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty
  • Challenges of Non-Proliferation, Cooperation for Nuclear Energy
  • The Missile Defence Systems and their impact on global strategic environment
  • Militarization and Weaponization of Space.

VIII. Contemporary Issues

  • Euro-Atlantic Vs. Asia Pacific: Great Power Policies
  • Kashmir Issue
  • Palestine Issue

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