Introduction to International Relations_Towns_Date__030110

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POST COLD WAR ERA United States is essentially an empire o Potential adversaries on the rise Russia Has shown alliance with China, imperial behavior, has huge energy reserves, and has paid off foreign debts ahead of schedule Some say that it’s actually not on the rise Europe As Europe becomes more integrated and unified, it may be able to compete with the US China World’s largest consumer; projected to be the world’s largest economy by 2020; showing an aggressive foreign policy Also has problem of potential internal strife North Korea, Venezuela and Iran are modest powers with “outsized ambitions” BUSH DOCTRINE “Hard Power” and preemptive strike o “America will act against emerging threats before they are fully formed” o Diverges strongly from MAD/deterrence Influence on internal politics of other countries
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Unformatted text preview: o Setting up the world in your image to maintain power Ex) Invading Iraq to give them democracy Unilateralism o Relative indifference to international actors due to hegemony Belief in Bandwagoning o Attack on Iraq as weakest link of Syria/North Korea/Iran Presumably others will take heed o If unipolarity and bandwagoning theory are correct assumptions, Bush Doctrine is very reasonable However, these arent the only realist theories OBAMA DOCTRINE Belief in multipolarity o Reducing international efforts in order to avoid imperial overstretch Belief in balancing theory o Recognition of the rise of China Maintaining US strength by presenting US as a non-threat o Treats others as equals, reduces aggressive behavior; makes others want to cooperate Containment/Deterrence...
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2010 for the course POSC 240 taught by Professor Denemark during the Spring '08 term at University of Delaware.

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