o 120+ ethnic groups
o 30,000 nuclear weapons.
o Control of Eastern Europe and much of Thid World.
US Triumphalist Narrative
- Evil empire speech.
- Renewed confrontation and arms buildup.
- The Strategic Defense Initiative (popularly know
o Stepping stone to oil-rich Persian Gulf
- A fundamental challenge for foreign policy
- Principles vs. Practice
o Competing priorities and alliances
The Fall of Dtente The Carter Doctrine
- An attempt by any outside force to gain control of
Hearts and Minds
- Is not about General Westmoreland, nor the succession of United States Presidents and
their advisers who sought desperately and probably sincerely to understand Vietnam.
Rather it is about the generations of attitudes, wishes and belief
Wednesday October 26, 2011
The Brink of Armageddon
The very definition of the missile crisis has changed. Rather than a sudden episode, the crisis
now emerges as the culmination of deteriorating relations between the United States and the
Soviet Union, a
Monday October 24, 2011
The Militarization of Containment and the Cold War Arms Race
- Ideological Conflict
- Us vs. Them bi-polar lens.
- Nuclear Arms Race
The Cold War Nuclear Arms Race: Did Nuclear Superiority Matter?
- Peak in 1
We the Peoples
- We need to remind ourselves why the UN exists for what, and for whom.
- Kofi Annan, Former Sec. General of UN
Liberal International Economic Order
- Free trade system
- International Monetary System
- International Lending an
Interviews: Public officials, representatives of interest groups, technical experts.
Look up interviews.
- YOU MUST INCLUDE OVERNMENT DOCUMENTS, REPORTS, ACADEMIC
ARTICLES AND INTERNATIONAL SOURCES!
- Find books on the subject.
Look at t
Top Secret America
- Serious of articles in the Washington Post by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin.
- Investigation refers to the new national security state, meaning the US Military, the
CIA, the FBI, and other public entities and even private contracto
o USSR economy could not support military and empire.
Evidence: Collapse of Soviet economy and empire.
- According to one Soviet economist, by the late 1980s, only 8% of Soviet industry was
- It is difficult
I. Identifications A. Truman Doctrine US commitment to aid Greece and Turkey against Soviet and Sovietassisted threats. i. Economic and not military ii. The significance was that it established the US as the world leader following WWII. a) More importantl
Writing a Position Paper
A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that
your opinion is valid and worth listening to. Ideas that you are considering need to be carefully examined
William J. Burns Under Secretary Political Affairs
From: William White
Date: 2010 April 13
Gaining Chinese support in sanctions against Iran
-For the United States to have stricter sanctions passed against Iran in the United Nations
There are multiple options available for strengthening international pressure on Iran over its
To strengthen international pressure on Iran the United States needs to work wit
Truman Doctrine Declaration by President Truman saying that the United States will support
free peoples resisting take over by armed authoritarian minority groups. Led to the
Marshall plan and US aid to countries threatened by communism mostly aimed at Tu
Political Science 255
Whether or not the United States should act as a policeman for the world is a hotly
debated topic. The United States has the power to do such but often loses respect and creates
more enemies when it
National Intelligence Director
1. In regards to Venezuela we should be able to deal with the crisis in any form we would
like. The other nations of the world are not very concerned with what happen
Political Science 255
The United States role in protecting human rights is a complicated one where its
principles and actions do not always work together hand in hand as might be imagined. There are
many restraints on the
Secrecy as a norm vs. Secrecy as a mode of regulation
- As Weber had shown, a culture of bureaucracy will always tend to foster a culture of
secrecy. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Secrecy p. 153
How much secrecy can our democracy tolerate?
The National Securit
Wednesday October 3, 2011
Midterm: What weve covered so far:
- Theoretical Underpinnings
- Institutions, Actors and Organizational Process
- Enduring Debates.
Enduring Debates: Going to War
- When should the US intervene?
- Whos in charge
Congress Makes Policy Through
- Resolutions and policy statements.
- Legislative directives.
- Legislative pressure.
- Legislative restrictions/funding denials.
- Informal advice.
- Congressional oversight.
In 1983, controversy over the rebels in Nicaragu