Reading 1 - Offensive Realism anarchic nature of international politics forces states to be aggresive Defensive Realism even states inclined to

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Reading # 1 War and the State R. Harrison Wagner 5 essensial questions 1. What is the essential question? The essential question is what is the deficiencies of Realism? 2. Qhat is the central argument? All these isms are collections of bad answars to important questions. As we understand why they are wrong, we have a better understanding of the question. 3. What are the competing answers? Offensive realism: the premises and the conclusions of the definition does not match. 4. Whay are they wrong? 5. Why do we care? Important Concepts: Realism: claims to derive strong conlcusions about the behavior of states from properties of intenational politics that are difficult to deny. Structural Realism: intersate wars will continue to occur as long as there is no world government. War is less frequent in anarchic systrems with bipolar structures. Anarchic systems with multipolarity tends to balance power alliances.
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Unformatted text preview: Offensive Realism: anarchic nature of international politics forces states to be aggresive Defensive Realism: even states inclined to aggression are forced by the anarchic structure of the system to create balance of power Neoliberal Institutionalism: independent states can cooperate in an anarchic environment and international instititions could make it easier. Liberalism Constructivism Properties of international politics according to John Mearsheimer 1. There is no world government 2. States are capable of using force against other states 3. States seek to maintain their territorial integrity and authority 4. States are rational authors 5. The principal objective is to survive Security Dilemma: Countries look for security, it is a constant worry which makes them constantly try to be protected....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course AP EUROPEA 109 taught by Professor Graham during the Spring '10 term at UPB Colombia.

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Reading 1 - Offensive Realism anarchic nature of international politics forces states to be aggresive Defensive Realism even states inclined to

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