Intro to Comparative Politics

Intro to Comparative Politics - Lord Palmerston - Crimean...

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Lord Palmerston - Crimean War- Prime Minister of Britain o Britain issued a nonconditional threat; probably meant to say to Russia if you withdrawal from the Danube we will attack you, if you do not withdrawal from the Danube we won’t, but they withdrew and Britain still attacked o Gives Russia a reason not to believe Britain Domestic influences; Lord Palmerston could be in illustration of two different things Basically who he was Explain his significance by saying he is a good example of a nonconditional threat or how domestic politics can influence a countries foreign policy Red Line - From Cobra II, Sadaam Hussein had a military strategy around Baghdad - Last line defending around the capital, fight to the death (raised a few eyebrows) o When the Americans cross one line, they fall back, the next line, they fall back, the red line, they fight to the death o Thought that Saddam Hussein’s military strategy was an example of a system where you have one guy making decisions about military strategy and the rest of his people not willing to question his decisions o Could be an example of a seemingly irrational threat in order to deter the opponent, if you could genuinely convince your opponent that you were willing to fight to the death then your adversary might not be willing to fight Another example, Iran, able to convince Americans that they are so crazy that they will fight to the death then the Americans might not want to fight Prisoners Dilemma (Coordination Dilemma) - Trench Warfare situation of WWI, Arms race with the Soviet Union o Two sides, each have a choice, either be a jerk to the other side (try to shoot them or build up nuclear weapons) or be nice (don’t build up nuclear weapons and don’t shoot them) If the other guy is not going to arm himself then you’re better off
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2010 for the course PSC 001 taught by Professor Teitelbaum during the Fall '08 term at GWU.

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