• Mearsheimer (Web): A realist assessment of China’s growth and potential challenges to international stability. China must be contained . What is “an aspiring hegemon?” • Countries in which seeks to rise and dominate in a region and may dominant more than surrounding areas. . How hegemons see other powerful states? • Threat . Why is the China threat “inflated”? • Mearsheimer (Web): A realist assessment of China’s growth and potential challenges to international stability. China must be contained. . Take notes and remember examples of various IR theories discussed in class and applied to today’s international politics. Section III of the book and posted articles. General recommendations, topics in focus, and questions . Read the editorial introduction (again, especially the parts related to Section III) on pages 1-8. . Review and answer the twenty-two questions on pages 103-106 of the book. Several of these questions, slightly modified, will appear on the test. . Liberalism: Key principles (lectures)
• a school of thought based on the rejection of power politics, the need for international cooperation, distribution of shared interests, and the role of nonstate actors in shaping state preferences and policy choices. • Liberalism opposes realist explanations, which emphasize cost-benefit analysis and state security interests. . Liberalism: Key events shaping up this approach • LESSONS OF WORLD WAR I • League of nations . Which US president was the first active promoter of the liberal internationalist view of international politics? • Woodrow Wilson . The New Thinking concept in international relations (lectures). • Liberal internationalism: The belief that communities of states should resolve disputes with the help of international law. . Immanuel Kant put together six preliminary articles or conditions for perpetual peace. Describe them. • Kant: "No State Shall by Force Interfere with the Constitution or Government of Another State" • A league of peace • Kant’s liberal internationalism , Machiavelli's liberal imperialism , and Schumpeter's liberal pacifism rest on fundamentally different views of the nature of the human being, the state, and international relations. • Kant: People are capable of appreciating the moral equality of all individuals and of treating other individuals as ends rather than as means. International rights are established. • Kant’s liberal internationalism , Machiavelli's liberal imperialism , and Schumpeter's liberal pacifism rest on fundamentally different
views of the nature of the human being, the state, and international relations . The Democratic Peace Theory: key arguments • Although democratic states can go to war against non-democratic ones, democracies tend not to fight one another. . The N. Angell’s “illusion”. p.65 • Advanced economies based on trade and contract law will make war obsolete.
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