Subject Description


External relations

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Subject Description

Traditional friendships and rivalries with other societies (whatever their level of political complexity) or governments; relations between sovereign and dependent powers; foreign policy, foreign aid and other programs and services; diplomatic relations and activities of specialized personnel (e.g., consuls), treaties, alliances, trade agreements; international law, relationships with international political organizations (e.g., United Nations) and international politics; etc.

The term was changed from "International Relations" to "External Relations" and the scope note was rewritten in 2005.

Government institutions

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