Asian Foreign Policy Class Notes

Asian Foreign Policy Class Notes - POLI: Asian Foreign...

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Unformatted text preview: POLI: Asian Foreign Policy: Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesday 11:30-12:30 Lecture 1: Sept. 1 st , 2010:-Mr. X= George Kennan, author of need to contain soviet threat-Difference in foreign policy and international politics-Waltz does not want to explain actions of states, but rather systemic actions, strategic interaction that needs the presence of 2 or more states.-Waltz, then needs to abstract from foreign policy theories-International Politics: theory of similarities US and Soviet Union were vastly different, yet, they had similar tendencies both competing for dominance When Waltz wrote this, many rejected it due to outright hatred of communism throughout the west Kennan stated that there was something peculiar about Russian mind and its perception of foreign policy since it made it want different things. Ex: Not ALL states want security Hitlers state risked security for dominance. Cold Wars Dual Effect on Regions:-During cold war, seemingly local wars fought for national liberation, civil conflict were viewed through the prism of global competition. -Civil wars in Korea were arbitrarily petitioned by Global Leaders. -This raised questions about Domino Theory: If we did not fight in Vietnam, East Asia would be taken up by the communist bloc-Also raised questions about nuclear weapons:-Study of regions, however, did not matter much. Did not matter what Egypt did, regions did not carry great weight in foreign policy/ academic circles. End of Cold War:-Changes of war caused salience of regions, and showed great continuity that European domination pursued unabated would once again occur.-Bipolarity of the Cold War itself overlooked regional factors-Today, greater focus on region specific factors-What is it about East Asia, Middle East, Africa that leads to different arrangements and orders? -Question arises what Asia will look like This course attempts to answer this.-Reason to believe that conflict will prevail over cooperation in Asia, others belief that this process is mutable and can change. Why Study Foreign Policy? Hans Morgenthau: position of scholar is to look over the shoulder of a statesman. Do not take words for granted, analyze and understand statements. Foreign policy issues involve life and death matters why go to war? 1 Lecture 2: Sept. 3 rd , 2010: Goals & Strategies of Foreign Policy-Foreign policy and international politics are two different realms- Walter Lippmann : Famed realist (along with Kennan) Waltz argues that the relationship between ends and means in the study of foreign policy, especially that of keeping resources and commitments in line. In the Cold War, the US had commitments abroad but was not willing to put forth the following necessary resources (common realist argument) Furthermore, argues that the selection of objectives, mobilization of means, implementation of policy are all crucial components of foreign affairs...
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2011 for the course POLI 349 taught by Professor T.v. paul during the Spring '10 term at McGill.

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