Prof. Ryan Garcia
Department of Political Science
Office Hours: Mon. and Wed, 12 1:50pm
Introduction to International Relations
This course is designed to introduce students to the major theories of international
Political economy is the study of the
interaction of politics and economics.
Unlike other fields of economics, political
economy acknowledges that individuals are
producers and consumers-and also voters.
Globalization is the international process
The skillful general does not raise a second levy,
neither are his supply wagons loaded more than twice.
Once war is declared, he will not waste precious time
in waiting for reinforcements, nor will he turn his army
back for fresh supplies, but c
States are the most important actors
Actors tend to act in their own interests
Collective goods problem
Each state must protect its own interests
Relative gains are more important than
Based on Pape (2003) The Strategic
Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Terrorism involves the use of violence by an
organization other than a national government
to cause intimidation or fear among a target
In general, terrorism has two purpose
Do you think it is desirable to spread
democracy abroad? Why?
Are there any risks involved in spreading
democracy in other countries?
Wilson and Kant: promotion of global democracy is the
solution to war.
But empirically military interventions ha
Many theories attempt to explain wars.
60% of war initiators win.
93% of democratic initiators win (Reiter and Stam,
43% of defenders lose, and 11% end up with a
Puzzle: Why do defenders not make a deal
before enduring the costs of wa
Strategy: a complete plan of action that
designates what to do under every contingency
in the game.
Nash equilibrium: a pair of strategies from
which no player has a unilateral incentive to
switch to some other strategy.
All games have at least on
Aid is not given to alleviate poverty or misery;
it is given to make the constituents of the donor
state better off.
Democrats cannot greatly enrich their essential
backers by handing out cash Autocrats can
As a nation becomes more democratic,
Assume that it is possible locate decision
makers policy preferences on a single
We begin with a one-dimensional spatial model
and later expand it to two dimensions.
Mean = the average = (value of n)/#n
Median = the value
Intro to IR Problem Set #1
For questions 1, 2, and 3, write an expression or equation that says the same thing
as the verbal statement. You will want to use some of the following symbols: +, -, *,
, >, 2, <, and s.
1. The actual size of the winning coalit
When Foreign Policy Collides with
Politics is the domain of competition among groups
and individuals for special advantages (power and
Leaders ask themselves how to allocate resources to
prevent their removal fr
Say that I amone of two drivers racing down axdeserted road and you are the other.
. We are racing straight toward each other. Our friends are watching us to see who
has-more guts. I want you to swerve, while I keep going. If you swerve, you
Introduction to the
Four Broad Categories of
Coordination: how to pursue common goals
Distribution: how to allocate scarce resources
Monitoring: how to detect cheating on
IR Fall 2012
Write a chronological report of some important ongoing aspect or current issue in
international relations (e.g. military or political conflicts, economic disputes, interstate
environmental issues, etc.).
Since the end of World War II, there has been a
proliferation of international organizations and
Do they make any difference?
Do they alter behavior or only codify existing interests?
Are they effective in promoting cooperation that woul