After reading Chapter 2, the student should be able to answer the following questions: 1. Explain realism, including its assumptions about actor behavior and its concern with power. 2. Distinguish between long- and short-term power resources and capabilities. 3. Distinguish between great power and middle powers. 4. Explain the consequences – both positive and negative – of the principle of sovereignty in International Relations. 5. Distinguish among the various types of alliances and the various motivations behind their formation and duration. 6. Define the particular meaning of anarchy in International Relations. 7. Explain the relationship between power distribution and international structures, and describe the power transition theory, its underlying assumptions, and its relationship to realist interpretations regarding International Relations. 8. Describe the concept of hegemony and the theory of hegemonic stability, along with its underlying assumptions and relationship to both power transition theory and realism. 9.
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