Douglas Chidi Ndidigwe (PhD), Lilian Nnenne Akhanolu


The focus of this paper is an attempt to advance reasons for the inevitability of the state actors in a world that the purported erosion of states power is trending. It is on this problematic premise that this paper critiqued the arguments for and against the power of the state in international relations and advanced to interrogate whether or not the liberal theorists have superior arguments over their realists counterpart. In order to achieve this objective, the paper used qualitative data from the secondary sources and argues that previous studies counteracted state actors on the grounds that they are belligerent in their relations in the international systems, whereas individuals and transnational groups to them are more cooperative in their relations with each other, without considering the role the state have played in the past and are still playing in the present. It is within this gap in international politics literatures that this paper interrogated the importance and relevance of states actors in international system. The study thus revealed that what made interactions in the international system worthwhile is the pivotal role played by the state in which other actors revolves. The paper concludes that the state actors remain the undisputable giants in the international system, while others, (non-state actors) are to supplement the state, which the liberalists concurred.


International politics, State actors, Non-state actors, Globalization.

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