Lecture 2 - Introduction to International Relations Class...

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Introduction to International Relations Class 2: Levels of Analysis and Theories of International Politics Michael Colaresi Introduction to International RelationsClass 2:Levels of Analysis and Theories of International Politics – p. 1/ ? ?
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Outline for Today International Relations (IR) vs. Domestic Politics . . . How is IR differenct from Domestic Politics (like debates over Social Security)? How important are those differences? Level of Analysis What are they? For what are they useful? Can they get in the way? Introduction to International RelationsClass 2:Levels of Analysis and Theories of International Politics – p. 2/ ? ?
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Outline for Today: Continued Theories of World Politics What are they? How do these fill in the “levels”? Why do we need theories? Because they are right? Because they are useful? Because we have to? Introduction to International RelationsClass 2:Levels of Analysis and Theories of International Politics – p. 3/ ? ?
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How is IR Different? Domestic Politics Organization present to define what is “just” (legal) Organization present to punish those that are “unjust” Final arbiter of disagreements exists (the State) International Politics Is there an Organization to define Justice? (UN?) Organization present to punish injustice? (not UN) No final arbiter of disagreements (no world state) Introduction to International RelationsClass 2:Levels of Analysis and Theories of International Politics – p. 4/ ? ?
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How is IR Different? Part II Is it ok for a leader to lie and keep secrets about domestic politics? Is it ok for a leader to lie and keep secrets about international politics? If 5,000 people were killed in NYC, would you support launching a war to stop it from happening again? If 500,000 people were killed in Rwanda, would you support a war to stop it from happening again? Upshot: Lying tolerated, Some people “count more”, not fair Introduction to International RelationsClass 2:Levels of Analysis and Theories of International Politics – p. 5/ ? ?
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How is IR Different? Part III We can also be philosophical about this. Hobbesian state of nature Life is “nasty, brutish, and short” Humans “created” states to escape from this IR is the cracks between each solution Introduction to International RelationsClass 2:Levels of Analysis and Theories of International Politics – p. 6/ ? ?
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Levels of Analysis So, how do we understand what is happening around the world? We look for causes! What caused the Asian financial collapse? What caused the end of the Cold War? What caused the US to decide to drop the atomic Why did these things happen? Introduction to International RelationsClass 2:Levels of Analysis and Theories of International Politics – p. 7/ ? ?
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Levels of Analysis: Part II Our first step in answering these questions is to organize the POTENTIAL answers.
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