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In Example 1 it is the use of many numbers that identifies it as mathematics and suggest the area of mathematics called arithmetic. Example 2 has numbers but also graphs and diagrams, suggesting statistics. The shapes in Example 3 suggest that the geometrical part of mathematics is being used whereas Example 4, with all the alphabetic symbols, is clearly drawing upon algebra.

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The international level can be viewed as an arena of politics in its own right and not just as a context for states and other actors. If we think of the international world in this way, how should relations between states, and other actors on the international stage, be constructed? To what extent should those relations be regulated? We can ask whether relations between states, and states' policy making, should be dictated by allegedly universally shared human rights principles, or by other o
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