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Unformatted text preview: Int Polt 9-10-07 International Politics- the process by which foreign policy leaders balance their ambition to pursue particular policy objectives against their need to avoid internal and external threats to their political survival o Internal threats drive external policy o Domestic issues are vital to international politics o State- gov. big black box- simplifying everything to the president-politics stop at the waters edge- wrong goes into every decision made 4 Key Issues 1. Coordination- btw different countries- how to make decisions together- free trade ex- one country closed 1 country open closed can sell to open but not vis versa security 2. Distribution- allocation of resources- why there are some ppl who have more then others- why some countries have more then others- why go to war? 3. Monitoring- asymmetric information- I know something you do not know and you know something I do not know. Ex- free trade- must monitor what other ppl are doing to have a fair agreement 4. Sanctioning- punishment- so it is worth while to stick to an agreement- way to ensure no breaking down- can have economic or political ones Key Concepts 1- Power- the ability to get someone to do something they would normally not want to do- not necessarily biggest/ most weapons ex- US v. Iraq and Iran 2- Preferences- the ability to order things 3- Perception- asymmetric information is many times the form of info. Must make an educated thought about the perception of the country Rationality- under actions persistent with its preferences. 9/12...
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- Fall '08