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September 12, 2011 Take Home Final Exam is due Monday December 12 th ! The Paradox of American Power What is power? - Power as capability. “Hard Power” o Specific tangible and intangible characteristics of states (i.e., size, level of income, population, armed forces, leadership and negotiation skills, etc.) - Power as Influence: “Soft Power” o The ability to get another actor to do what it would not otherwise have done. o “The ability to evoke support from others” is “quite as important as the capacity to compel.” – Secretary of State Dean Acheson, 1951. o Diplomacy: The art of letting someone have it your way. The US is still a superpower, but it can’t go it alone. US national interest extends beyond its borders. International Order as a public good. Globalization and US dominance are inextricably bound up. - Perception that America’s unrivalled power is in some sense a problem. An Empire in Denial? - America has no empire to extend or utopia to establish. We wish for others only what we
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Unformatted text preview: wish for ourselves – safety from violence, the rewards of liberty, and the hope for a better life. Power in the International System 1. No peer compeitor (Us preeminence) 2. Questions of legitimacy of US actions in the eyes of other states and actors. 3. The continuing advance of democracy. 4. The advance of globalization, together with the backlash that is forming against it. 5. The rise of China, India, and Brazil, alongside the coalescing of Europe. 6. Threats posed by: Weapons of Mass Destruction, WMD, terrorism, the global extremist jihadi threat, and climate change. Hegemony -Preponderant influence or authority over others: Domination. -The social, cultural, ideological or economic influence exerted by a dominant group. A Changing World -“The international system as constructed following the second world war – will be almost unrecognizeable by 2025.” – National Intelligence Council, Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World....
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