Conceptual Shifts in International Relations and Changing World
In conjunction with the transformations in the international system and behavioral patterns , concepts and meanings in international relations also experience shifts ( expansion and contraction ) which , in turn , entail structural and functional changes . The number of players , their variety and the extent of their interdependence add to the complexities of international relations . These changes may occur at the macro or microlevels and also as a result of the metamorphosis in the relations between these two levels . Accordingly , they can , through new functions , give novel forms to various structures , transforming them in parts as well as in their entirely . At times , the parts are merged in each other , creating a macro phenomenon . Or, it is possible for a macrosystem to become subdued by other systems , begetting new Microsystems with new roles , different behavioral patterns , and diverse outcomes in international relations .
The IRANIAN JOURNAL of INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS ,Vol. VII ,No. 1,spring 1995