Lecture Notes - CH1

Lecture Notes - CH1 - Chapter Outline I. The Investigative...

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Chapter Outline I. The Investigative Challenge II. How Perceptions Influence Images of Reality A. The Nature and Sources of Images B. The Role of Images in World Politics C. Controversy: Should We Believe What We See? III. Breaking the Global Puzzle into Parts: Interpreting at Different Levels of Analysis IV. The Book’s Approach: Actors, Issues and Their Interactions V. Facing the Future: Key Questions to Confront at the Dawn of the New Millennium A. Are States Obsolete? B. Is Globalization a Cure or a Curse? C. What Will be the Consequences of America’s Superpower Status? D. Will Geo-Economics Supersede Geopolitics? E. What Constitutes Human Well-Being on an Ecologically Fragile Planet? A. The Role of Images in World Politics World leaders have the same predispositions as other people to view world events based on their personal experiences and biases. For this reason, mutual misperceptions often fuel discord in world politics. The mirror image phenomenon, which occurred on both sides of the Cold War, arises when each side views the other in the same negative light, viewing its own actions as constructive but its adversary’s responses as hostile. Mirror-imaging is a property of nearly all enduring rivalries. However, it is possible to overcome this tendency. Dramatic events, such as the Vietnam War, can alter international images drastically. B. Controversy: Should We Believe What We See? Depending on one’s perspective, people can vary greatly on how they view
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