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Week 3 Class 1 Realism Realism I Dominant theoretical tradition Cold War States exist in an anarchic international system o No sovereign power above nation state International affairs: struggle for power o Individuals: selfish and power seeking Strengths: simple explanation wide variety behavior o War, alliances, imperialism, and obstacles to cooperation Thucydides: History of Peloponnesian Wars Fifth century b.c.: earliest documented history indicating realist approach War b/w Athens and Sparta o Struggle for domination o State dominant actor o Decision makers rational actors o Security issues drove decision makers Survival of the state is key Classical Realists I Hans Morgenthau (1948) Politics Among Nations: Struggles for Power and Peace o World: opposing interests and conflict among them o Moral principles never fully realized Approximated through temporary balancing of interests Classical Realists II International System o International politics system whose major actors are individual states
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