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The “realist” school of international relations thinks the international system is like a jungle where there are neither laws nor a superior authority to enforce it. In this anarchic international system each state is motivated by self-interest.

Given this reality, every state pays lip service to morality and justice but is motivated only by self-preservation. To survive, states must either themselves grow to be more powerful or form alliances with each other so there is strength in numbers against a common threat...

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