Penguin Dictionary

Topics: United States, International relations, Cold War Pages: 117 (41438 words) Published: February 28, 2013
Graham Evans and Jeffrey Newnham

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Any entity which plays an identifiable role in international relations may be termed an actor. The Pope, the Secretary-General of the UN, British Petroleum, Botswana and the IMF are thus all actors. The term is now widely used by both scholars and practitioners in international relations as it is a way of avoiding the obvious limitations of the word state. Although it lacks precision it does possess scope and flexibility. Its use also conveys the variety of personalities, organizations and institutions that play a role at present. Some authors have argued that, in effect, the system can be conceived of as a mixed actor model because the relative significance of the state has been reduced. More precise distinctions between actors can be made by introducing additional criteria. Such criteria might include the tasks performed by actors and the constituency affected by this task performance. Some commentators suggest that actors should be judged according to their degree of autonomy rather than the legalistic concept of sovereignty. pluralism

Administered territory
Refers to the ‘Mandates system’ established in Article XXII of the Covenant of the League of Nations usually credited to Jan Smuts but actually first proposed by G. L. Beer, a member of Woodrow Wilson’s staff at Paris in 1919. It...
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