Class_Notes_July_12 - 19:37 Therearethreelevels

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19:37 There are three levels – Systematic level:  kind of like you’re in a bar and you’re nervous and this place is  really sketchy.  They way that it’s the situation that’s calling the shots is  systematic. National level:  kind of like if there’s a gang in the bar?  And you’re a member of  the gang? Individual level:  just what you see yourself I guess. So which was most important in the start of the Cold War? The end? SYSTEMATIC LEVEL:  International system (Realism):  an arena in which war  and conflict are the norm, peace and cooperation are rare.  Called an anarchist  world system.  There’s an absence of an overall world government.  This is kind  of true.  It doesn’t mean that there’s no order, there’s just no overarching  government to oversee conflicts between states.  People who see the world this  way are realists. But so what? Why can’t we all just get along?  There is a mistrust and security  dilemma.  Countries have to rely on themselves to enforce things.  It’s up to you  and only you.  This creates a security dilemma in this self-help world.  Countries  may say that all their artillery and whatever is to build up their defense.  The  problem is that it’s hard for other countries to tell what’s offensive and defensive.  It can lead to arms races and a spiral downwards. Frian (?) says that war isn’t really rational.  War is costly.  There’s no reason a 
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course GOVT 312L taught by Professor Dennis during the Summer '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Class_Notes_July_12 - 19:37 Therearethreelevels

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