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October_11 - Sources of International Conflict The Security...

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Sources of International Conflict The Security Dilemma Anarchic International System o States concerned w/ protecting themselves o Protection through strong industrial base Constructing armaments (weapons) Mobilizing military o Consequence make other states less secure o One state becoming more diminishes another’s The Magnitude of War over Time 14, 500 armed struggles since records began 3.5 billion people have died directly or indirectly as a result Causes of War Several different levels of analysis pertinent Causes of war attributed to: o Characteristics of individuals both leaders and masses o Internal structure of states o Structure of the international system The Individual and War I Realist and liberal interpretations Individual leaders can be aggressive and bellicose Wars occur because of personal characteristics of leaders However, impossible to prove this position. The Individual and War II Leaders subject to misperceptions o Leaders see aggressiveness when it is not there o Historians focus on misperceptions outbreak war Misperceptions exaggerate
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