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Afghanistan, Iraq, and IR Theory Explaining 9/11 (a modest puzzle) a)attack b) tactics c)success Man: c) U.S. image c) strategic blunder-too much focus on china a) Clash ideology a) great man- bin laden State a) traditional vs. capitalist values a) Saudi-manifestation of internal domestic conflict a) State weakness- collapse of Afghanistan (after Russians leave) creates opportunity for terrorists to go there a) Bad states- Taliban in Afghanistan evil a) US was vulnerable-consumerism-weak?, 1993 trade center bombing led to criminal case- not much, 2000 USS COLE attacks not much done- political assessment of US responses – underestimated? c)---- Military Culture- under prepared for terrorists System a) U.S. unipolar- subject to attack b) U.S. stronger than anyone so attack must be done in less traditional way c) U.S. had too much focus on china a) Power vaccum
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b) Explaining the Afghan War (not much of a puzzle) Man: no errors to account for, any man would have done it State: any type state probably would have done it System: Just anarchy-anything can happen so state must defend themselves
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  • Fall '05
  • KATZENSTEIN, P
  • Al-Qaeda, bin laden State, State weakness- collapse, ight time State, rade center bombing

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