The core ideas of the traditional international relations theories are important in order to understand the development of the international relations theory in the context of the international community. Moreover, it has been revealed that certain of the core ideas of the traditional and the contemporary international relations theories are more persuasive than others, a fact leading to the assumption that both these frameworks have strengths and weaknesses and that their combination could led to the development of an effective theoretical framework in order to explain the political and social beliefs and practices as developed in the context of international relations.
The theorists who studied international relations have used different approaches in order to explain the role of international relations in the context of the international community. Often, the international relations theory is correlated with the international politics framework; however, the two frameworks are different, even if they have certain similarities, mainly the issue of cooperation at an inter-state level for promoting issues related to the public interest. Two major schools of thoughts have been developed: the traditional and the non-traditional theories of international relations. The borders between the above two theoretical concepts are not clear – maybe because these concepts tend to interact when current political and social phenomena have to be interpreted.