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International relations is the study of or practice of understanding the relationships between different nations and cultures. It typically includes global politics, law, and economics, and it can be a tool for promoting actions like trade, negotiations, cooperation, and productivity. Whether relations between international entities are positive or negative, they can benefit or hinder the economy, environment, quality of life, human rights, political climates, and other issues for one or all parties involved.
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