POLS2221 Lecture 9 Notes

POLS2221 Lecture 9 Notes - Week Nine: Post-9/11 -...

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Week Nine: Post-9/11 - Ideational Structures On Today’s Trail C. Rice: ‘ The fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the World Trade Center were the bookends of a long transition period’ (2003) Ideational forces on the move; a travel in time The PNAC (the politicians) Neo-conservatism (the philosophy) ~ 1978 Leo Strauss (Meet the philosopher)
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9/11- A Question of Meaning Pearl Harbor revisited? A matter of ontological security? Existential threat? Transformative effect on the discourse of security within the United States Instrumentality of fear Recalling the PNAC
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Ideational Structures: the PNAC Nature and purpose of US power Challenge of the coming century: To preserve and enhance the ‘American peace’  Strategy of US pre-eminence today and tomorrow  Hard power enhancement Alternative ? Lessened US global leadership and loss of global security order
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Cold War 21st Century (PNAC) Security system Bipolar Unipolar Strategic goal Contain the Soviet Union Preserve Pax Americana Main military mission(s) Deter Soviet expansionism Secure and expand zones of democratic peace; deter rise of new great power competitor; defend key regions; exploit transformation of war Main military threat(s) Potential global war across many theatres Potential theatre wars across globe Focus of strategic competition Eastern Europe Eastern Asia
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4 Essential Missions Homeland defense Large wars Win multiple, simultaneous large scale wars Constabulary duties Re. long-term, independent constabulary operations Transform US Armed Forces RMA  critical restructuring, including in
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2012 for the course POLS 2221 taught by Professor Durand during the Three '11 term at Queensland.

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POLS2221 Lecture 9 Notes - Week Nine: Post-9/11 -...

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