Studying all the exchanges, transactions, contacts, flows of information and meaning, and the attending and resulting behavioural responses between and among separated organized societies, including their components. Such study usually deals with actors (states, governments, leaders, diplomats, peoples) striving to attain certain ends, using means (such as war, diplomacy, coercion, persuasion) which are related to their power or capability. International relations is also a branch of political science concerned with relations between political units of national rank and dealing primarily with foreign policies, the organization and function of governmental agencies concerned with foreign policy, and the economic, geographic and other factors underlying such policies.
The field of international relations has expanded and become ever more variegated in recent years. It covers anything from political culture to theory of international organizations, and employs methods from psychology, sociology, political science and systems analysis.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.