9:13:10 Notes

9:13:10 Notes - International Security Notes 13 September...

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International Security Notes 13 September 2010 THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS What are they good for? Account for macro-scale patterns over long time periods alliance patterns major (esp. systematic) wars long periods of peace (Mostly) oriented toward the behavior of great powers China, Germany, US, Soviet Union, France, etc. .. not aimed towards small states (ex: Peru) the behavior of small states are often dictated by great powers Constitute “schools of thought” that organize intellectual endeavor acts as a short hand that drive theories forward through making assumptions Levels of Analysis or “images” Individuals/human nature (1st image) ex: history of “great men” (Caesar, Napoleon) drivers of international politics States (2nd image) ex: “regime type” democracy/authoritarianism internal politics is an important driver of behavior System(s) (3rd Image) ex: “polarity” (multipolar, bipolar, unipolar) does not consider internal matters of the state polarity: number of powers in the system and the rate of power between them Realism (Antecedents) Early Realists Thucydides (Peloponnesian War) Machiavelli (wars of the Italian city states)
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