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Unformatted text preview: International Relations 3/13/07 Definition of Structure- Power distribution among states- Polarity of the international system Classic Realism- Theories of old realists in 1940s-60s- Morgenthau, Kennan, Kissinger Neo-Realism- Currently dominant realist theories- Inspired by Waltz’s book in 1979- Waltz, John Mearsheimer, Robert Gilpin What are the differences between classic realism and neo-realism?- Most importantly, neo-realists think that structure is the only major determinant of state behavior a. Consider that to know causes of war, it is sufficient to examine the structure of the international system b. Thus, neo-realism is also known as, “structure realism”- By contrast, classic realists think that structure is not the only factor that molds state behavior a. Consider that to know the causes of war, we need to examine not only structure but also other factors b. Examples of such factors: 1. Quality of political leadership; “statecraft” 2. Human nature; Hobbes’ view that humans are selfish, self serving and...
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course POSC 107 taught by Professor Mishima during the Fall '07 term at Towson.

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