First International Affairs Test

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First International Affairs Test Basics * Politics – what does it mean? What is it for? How is it organized? Struggle for power Political order: control, security, organization among individuals Creating popular authority To organize the masses for well-being of all and predictability in decisions * The State – what is unique about the state? What is the central role of state to international relations? The supreme political organization? Legitimate use of force/violence Democracy: majority rules Absolute Monarchy: one ruler with complete power Autocracy: a few control the masses No organization can match the state bc state monopolizes the force of violence * Great Powers – what constitutes a Great Power? What are the Great Powers right now? Great powers: possess majority of resources, real influence outside immediate location Global outlook based on national interests far from home territories Strongest militaries/economies U.S. Japan, China, Russia, Germany, France, Britain * Sovereignty – apart of the definition of the state? What does it mean? A government has the right to do whatever it wants in its own territory and to its own people Territorial integrity * IR Systems – what have we had in history as the IR system? Anarchy: lack of a central government that can enforce rules, but far from chaotic because state interactions closely adhere * Level of analysis – polarity in system. Why are they important? Why should we adapt the different levels of analysis? Levels of Analysis: perspective on IR based on a set of similar actors or processes that suggest possible explanations to “why” questions 1) Individual Level: perceptions, choices, actions of individual human beings 2) Domestic Level: aggregations of individuals within states that influence state actions in the international arena 3) Interstate Level: influence of the international system upon outcomes focuses on interactions of states themselves without regard to internal makeup, pays attention relative power in International system 4) Global Level: explain international outcomes in terms of global trends/force that transcend the interaction of states themselves
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