June 2 2011 - The World System: International Structure and...

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The World System: International Structure and Polarity Outline - Controversy: Are we in Unipolar World? - Int’l Environment and Global System - Status and Hierarchy in Int’l System - Polarity and Stability in Int’l System - Balance of Power in Int’l System - American Primacy and World Order - Krauthammer’s and Huntington’s View of Current World System Key Questions How can we define international system? What is the relationship between balance of power and alliance? What is the relationship between polarities (unipolar, bipolar, and multipolar) and international stability (peaceful world)? What are the key characteristics of each polarity? How can we define international stability? What are the key features of current U.S. primacy since the end of Cold War? International Environment Int’l Environment as Menu for Choice Provide opportunities for decision makers Serve as spatial and temporal context of certain event or phenomena How exactly does the int’l environment affect the menu? How does it affect what is possible and probable in state behavior? Int’l Env’t: Geopolitical Setting Political-geographic arrangements of state affect opportunities for state interaction Physical location of states Topographical features: mountains, deserts, waters and other natural barriers Useful natural resources the definition of useful can change over time Neighborhood : good or bad neighborhoods Contiguity: which helps to identify “dangerous dyads” Int’l Env’t: Technological Setting The application of scientific understanding to accomplish human purposes Obstacles presented by mountains, deserts, or distance can be overcome by technological inventions Technology that exists the international system at any time is an important factor for understanding what is possible or probable in world politics Technology is not static Global System System: a set of elements or units interacting with each other It is more than a collection of entities The elements in the system are interconnected
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course POLI 315 taught by Professor Licht during the Summer '11 term at South Carolina.

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