Balance of power, collation, consensus, conflict, Diplomacy, international politics, zero sum game


This paper aims at analysing Game theory in the context of international politics (competition) for power and balance of power. It x-rays the relationship between Game theory and International politics at international relations (arena). It considers the conceptual framework of the proponents of the thesis, the application of Game theory to international situations and to identify the underlying principles, practice of Game theory in International system. It examines the origin, types of game theory, other models related to Game theory (prisoner’s dilemma and chicken) and the criticisms of it in relation to international politics. The study makes use of secondary source to elucidate data while it adopts theory of international politics to mid-wife the analysis.



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