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Gov 312L Spring 2007 Week 3-1 overheads

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    GOV 312L U.S. Latin American GOV 312L U.S. Latin American Relations: Week 3 Relations: Week 3 What is a theory? What is a theory?
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    Different theories: Focus on different actors Posit different motivations for these actors Have contrasting views on the level of conflict THEORIES OF U.S.-LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS
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    International relations are anarchic Nations struggle for survival Use of force is frequent National security comes first Zero-sum environment REALIST THEORY
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    Nations are the key actors. They are: Unitary Rational Self-interested Balancers REALIST THEORY
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    U.S.-Latin American Relations have been shaped by struggles of world powers: Prior to the 19 th century, European powers jockeyed for control. In 19 th century, the U.S. joined the fray. After WWII, the U.S. and the Soviet Union sought control of the region. REALIST THEORY
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    The core (developed world) exploits the periphery (developing nations)
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