The Role of Culture in International Relations Theories

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The study of culture in international relations theories takes a wide range of complex issues, which without enough perception about these issues, certainly our understanding about the role of culture in international relations theories will be incomplete. Since in real world the study of international affairs is best understood as traditional competition between traditional mainstream theories like realism and liberalism, some special concepts like culture has been neglected, but after that when we reach to middle way and sub- theories of international relations we can see that the considering importance of culture has been growing and this concept has now become a permanent feature of these legged theories and international relations arena. This paper tries to introduce culture as an important concept in mainstream, middle way and sub-theories of international relations. After studying about the subject, the authors reached to this conclusion that, despite being ignored in traditional theories, culture has extensive role in all international relations theories and only with considering the political, security and economical issues, we won't be able to understand the realities of political events in field of international relations, So we need other concepts like 'culture' to be able to analyze the political international issues. This paper has been prepared with descriptive-analytical method, and for gathering information, library- documents and World Wide Web have been used.

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