How To Prepare International Relations (IR) Paper-2?
Initially, International Relations (IR) was a part of political science but, after World War 1 there was a need for a subject to research and analyze the future outcomes of international events and the impact of the past events on the whole world affairs. However, the syllabus of IR paper-1 and IR paper-2 is different from each other.
If one goes for IR as an optional subject then we insist one should prepare IR paper-1 first because paper-1 makes the foundation and base for paper-2. Without preparing paper-1, you cannot understand the events and dynamics of the course. If we see the syllabus of IR paper-2 provided by FPSC, it includes:
- International Relations between two wars (Russian Revolution, Fascism, League of Nations, Second World War).
- Cold war.
- Decolonization in Asia and Africa.
- Post-cold war.
- International and Regional Organizations (ECO, SCO, WTO, SAARC, EU, OIC, NAFTA).
- Foreign Policy of Selected Countries USA, Russia, China, India, Pakistan and EU.
- South Asia, Peace-making and peace-building in South Asia).
- Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Students always score fewer marks in IR paper-2 than IR paper-1. So, it’s important to prepare all the important topics and their sub-topics with proper analysis. Actually, IR paper-2 is test of the conceptual understanding and theoretical application ability of a candidate that how he/she relates and explains the world events differently as compare to a journalist or mere analyst of world affairs.
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