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Notes - Notes The Future of IR Main Question to what extent...

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Notes 12-05-07 The Future of IR Main Question: to what extent do IR’s main assumptions and concepts remain relevant in today’s world? o Sovereignty (Krasner) Limits on policymaking autonomy? Technology and governance Nye: technological changes advantage some countries (first movers) and disadvantage others (digital divide?) Abundance of information renders credibility central o There is no way of peer reviewing every website How unique, historically, are contemporary challenges to state sovereignty? o Nation states as main actors Drezner: Realist argument – nation states are the driving forces behind new technology changes and transnational actors Nye: Liberal – nation states play a smaller role along with new transnational forces Transnational actors: non-state entities acting across international borders (i.e. NGOs, MNCs, criminal networks) Nye (Chpt 8): multiple channels connect societies, and these channels often don’t run through governments
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