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Indeed, Kant held that only civilised countries, those countries which were already governed by a system of law and in which people were free citizens rather than subjects, would feel impelled to leave the state of lawlessness that characterised the international state of nature. There has been some debate about how Kant saw the relationship between republics and other forms of polity. However, Kant is frequently interpreted as suggesting that countries where people were not free citizens, but rather subjected to the rule of a monarch, perhaps, or a dictator, were much more likely to be belligerent and warlike.
Though it is not used by all writers in the field, this book employs a reasonably accepted system for talking about IR. Where we use the phrase ‘International Relations’, we are referring to an academic discipline – theory/study (we similarly capitalise other disciplines). Where we use ‘international relations’ (or ‘International relations’ at a sentence’s start) we mean the practice of world politics. While ‘IR’ can be used as an abbreviation for either, we will use this where we need to refer to both International Relations and international relations simultaneously.
The two organisations were very similar in structure. Like the League, the UN had: an assembly, the General Assembly, which acted largely as a consultative body; a Court of Justice, located in The Hague; and a council (the Security Council) which formed the executive arm of the organisation. The UN also had a Secretariat headed by a Secretary-General, whose role included identifying and alerting the Security Council to ‘threats to peace and security’. Despite differences in ideology, the USA and Soviet Union were able to agree on most substantive issues to do with the structure and operation of the new organisation.