Afp4.5 - April 5th reading John J Meirsheimer"The False Promise of International Institutions The article examines the claim that institutions push

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April 5 th reading John J. Meirsheimer “ The False Promise of International Institutions The article examines the claim that institutions push states away from war and promote peace. Insitutions is defined as a set of rules that stipulate the ways in which states should cooperate and compete with each other. Realism It proposes that international relations is not a constant state of war, but it is a state of relentless security competition, with the possibility of war always in the background. This pessimistic view of how the world works can be derived from realism’s five assumptions about the international system. 1. The international system is anarchic, which means that the system comprises independent political units (states) that have no central authority above them. 2. States inherently possess some offensive military capability, which gives them the wherewithal to hurt and possibly to destroy each other. 3.
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course POLS W3631 taught by Professor Parent during the Spring '08 term at Columbia.

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Afp4.5 - April 5th reading John J Meirsheimer"The False Promise of International Institutions The article examines the claim that institutions push

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