IR Midterm review Chapter 9

IR Midterm review - Chapter 9 Realist Paths to Peace"Forming alliances with other countries to offset the military might of an adversary and

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Chapter 9 Realist Paths to Peace -“Forming alliances with other countries to offset the military might of an adversary, and negotiating arms control agreements to maintain strategic parity.” -Realists believe that weakness invites aggression -Balance of Power is the idea that state security and survival is most likely when there is a rough military parity among rivals. --Rules to maintain a balance of power Stay vigilant- constantly watch foreign developments and to identify emerging threats. International anarchy makes states responsible for their own security and can never be too sure of an opposing states intentions. o Balance of Power- theory that national survival in an anarchic world is most likely when military power is distributed to prevent a single hegemon or bloc from dominating the state system. Alliances should remain flexible- formed and dissolved according to the strategic needs of the moment, alliances must be made without regard for cultural or ideological affinities. Oppose any state that seeks hegemony- the purpose of engaging balance of power
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course IS 123 taught by Professor Ibryamova during the Spring '08 term at Rhodes.

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IR Midterm review - Chapter 9 Realist Paths to Peace"Forming alliances with other countries to offset the military might of an adversary and

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