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1. If power is understood as material resources, the United States undoubtedly is the world’s predominant power. Is the United States predominant if power is understood as political influence or control? If not, what factors would account for a gap between its influence or control and its resource endowment? If there is a gap, would it negate the capacity and need for the United States to provide the world with leadership? 2. Why is it that the logic of liberalism’s central goals of promoting human rights, democracy, and free markets have been embraced by virtually every recent presidential administration? Why are those goals so attractive to Americans? Will American foreign policy be willing to move beyond verbal endorsements of democracy and human rights and begin to pay costs to promote these values effectively? 3 Do the economically powerful determine the public policy of the United States? Or does
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Unformatted text preview: public opinion play a distinct role in directing foreign policy? Is public opinion itself manipulated by the elite to support policies of imperialism? 4 Discuss some significant points of American foreign policy that you observed in one of the films you chose for the fourth discussion forum: Salvador, Platoon, The Thin Red Line(1998), Why We Fight, The Year of Living Dangerously, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Hearts and Minds, The Fog of War, and Bush’s War . 5 Is realism politically viable in the context of American democracy? Will the public be willing to accept over the long term a foreign policy based on realism’s conception of the role of morality, especially if it employs the harshest and most unscrupulous tactics of internal and external balancing?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2012 for the course MBA 103 taught by Professor Wise during the Spring '12 term at Salem Intl..

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