International Relations Research Paper
The world of international relations is one of philosophy, logic, and deep analysis. This essay
will discuss and critique theories proposed by some of the field’s leading academic writers.
After observing Kenneth Waltz’s
Reductionist and Systemic Theories
, Robert Gilpin’s
, and Samuel Huntingtion’s
Clash of Civilizations?
I will test the predictability
of their theories.
As in science, a valid theory must demonstrate repeatability through
experimentation – “A theory has explanatory and predictive power”.
The test scenario will be
the current situation in Iraq, an action I call “intuition management”; the United States is
desperately attempting to rally support for its cause amongst the common people of Iraq.
does the US government, which certainly has the means to impose its will upon the Iraqi
populace, insist that citizen support is imperative for success?
Using realism and constructivist
arguments, this article explores rational processes by which US officials may have come to this
MUST FIND VALID SOURCE SHOWING THAT THE US IS ACTUALLY
DOING INTUITION MANAGEMENT
Shortly after September 11, 2001 the great and powerful United States was presented
with a problem.
This problem is that of negative propaganda in third world countries where the
US found itself fighting the war on terrorism.
American soldiers, quite the minority in Iraq,
became the subjects of an avid anti-American campaign created and perpetuated by extreme and
In the third world, it is not difficult to construct a negative image of the
opposition, especially when the opposition is a foreign military whose members have a different
language, skin color, religion, system of government and basic way of life.
It is easy to
understand why Iraqi citizens might be fearful and suspicious of these unfamiliar and well armed
occupiers. The militant and extremist groups gain much from this cultural friction.
Earlier in the
war, the US blundered unwittingly into this situation, indiscriminately fighting in and around
The resulting damage to sacred and holy places sent out ripples of discontent amongst
Terrorists then rallied support through the portrayal of American’s as anti Islamic.
Now, having learned the lesson in a difficult fashion, United States soldiers do not in most cases
enter religious sanctuaries, but rather rely on Iraqi policemen to handle such situations.
It will be
next to impossible to win this war within the borders of Iraq without the consent of its people.
As neither side of this war on terrorism may persist or hope to succeed without localized
cooperation, a furious publicity and public relations battle is being fought in the streets of Iraq.
This essay explores the following question – can constructivism and realism be used to discover