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International Affairs and Global Class 5: The System Michael Colaresi International Affairs and GlobalClass 5:The System – p.1/19
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Outline for Today Review The System What are we talking about? How are the parts related to each other? Hierarchy versus Anarchy Alliances versus Non-alignment Poles Polarization System Stability Balance versus Bandwagoning International Affairs and GlobalClass 5:The System – p.2/19
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Review Last time we talked about: Nations and Nationalism States IGOs NGOs Corporations Possible Decline of the State International Affairs and GlobalClass 5:The System – p.3/19
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The Environment We Live In The (Very) Basics: Geography We live in 3-dimensions LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION topography, resources, climate example Big vs. Small Technology = Creativity Create things to overcome geography Purify water, design rockets, internet for communications Physical and Educational “Realities” International Affairs and GlobalClass 5:The System – p.4/19
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System and Interaction Lots of things happen within this environment. The most important is INTERACTION What are international actors doing to each other? Interdependence Changes in one part of the system affect other parts. Economies can be highly interdependent. International Affairs and GlobalClass 5:The System – p.5/19
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Interdependence If the US dollar continues to fall in value, Asian banks are going to sell their huge holdings and invest in Euros. This will further devalue the dollar, possible leading to high inflation here (you won’t be able to buy ipods) and a very strong Euro currency (your German friends could buy lots of ipods). US invades Afghanistan but new government does not crack down on opium production. World wide opium production skyrockets, prices down, addiction up. International Affairs and GlobalClass 5:The System – p.6/19
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The Emergence of Interaction The International System has not always been as interdependent as it is today.
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