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The Problem of Asia:
American Strategy towards the Pacific from the Birth of the Republic to the
Rise of China
As of January 24, 2014
Michael Jonathan Green
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The hearer assumes:
The Cooperative Principle is being followed
It has to be calculable
When we use an implicature we hope we are understood.
How does conversational implicature simplify semantics?
Conversational implicature - form
Pragmatics is the theory of force
Semantics is the theory of sense
Uptake = did you take my intent
Pragmatics = meaning - truth conditions
Narrow conception of semantics
Are speech acts part of pragmatics? Can they be reduced to truth
Critical Analysis in Practice
- A claim that implies a contradictory claim
"Because police review boards slow police investigations, they are costly."
S = PRBs
P = Things slowing investigations down
A. Central Claims
Self-help and power politics are institutions
They are not essential features of anarchy
Competitive international relations are established by:
Practices and interactions
These new sets of practices
The New Age of Terrorism: The New Al-Qaeda
The Rise of Al-Qaeda
Outgrowth of Islam that arose due to colonialism
Muslim abandonment of the faith made them vulnerable to rule.
Independent Muslim rulers should fully implement islamic law.
Human Intervention Notes
A. U.S. Intervention in the 90s:
Humanitarian intervention more frequent than Cold War.
Did not translate into effective action to prevent mass killings or genocide
Intervention usually arrived too late to save many victims
Realism is a paradigm
Realpolitik, also known as power politics
Kenneth N. Waltz
Ritual of Transition = Inaugural Address
Exodus - Israelites leave from Egypt, Moses guides them to Mt. Sinai where he
received the 10 commandments
- They placed the commandments in the arc of the covenant
Covenant between GOD and the
Disclosure of Sources Argument
Runs the risk of endangering people
Biggest threat to national security in US history: 9/11
9/11 aftermath not resolved until bin Laden capture and killed by Navy Seals
Imagine: reporter Interview with bin Laden
Argument Defending the Electoral College
A lot of good, very little ill
We cannot defend the electoral college as the FF intended it, because it never
worked with that intention being met
Is any other system able to give us better presidents than the EC?
4 JAPAN: OCCUPATIONAND RECOVERY
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after their surrender in August 1945. There were aspects of leniency and moderation, but the sovereignty
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FINAL EXAM ASSIGNMENT
You must complete two essay assignments, one taken from Column A and one taken from Column B.
Essays from Column A should be roughly 1200 words in length. Essays from Column B should be roughly
1000 words in length. Submit the assign
The supreme policy-making body of the Communist Party of China. The power within
the politburo is centralized in the Politburo Standing Committee. The politburo is
normally elected by the Central Committee.
*Please choose two prompts for the semester. One of your choices should come from Weeks 3-7,
and one should come from Weeks 9-14*
Research Note Prompts
Week 3 Origin and Evolution
China will have a mid-term leadership transition in 2017, during whic
ID Number (not your name)
In your introduction you should briefly outline the policy challenge your paper
is about and specifically identify the question that motivated you to pick this topic.
Briefly tell us which country you
PSC 300: International Security
Question: How does resource scarcity impact international relations, including increasing
the likelihood of political change and the use of force?
Many issues of the late twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-fi
International Security PSC 300
Question: Why is terrorism such a controversial topic? Is it possible to derive an
objective definition of terrorism?
In his essay The War on Terrorism, scholar Michael Howard stated one mans terrorist
PSC 300, International Security
Question: Recently an expert in international and U.S. national security said In the past few
years the United States foreign security policies have been completely wrong-headed. The U.S.
Question: According to the readings for this week, how can we explain Chinas foreign
security policy toward the U.S. and in its near-abroad?
Chinas foreign security policy would like for the U.S. to continue to stay in East
Asia. Having t
Question: What are some of the features of weak and failing states? To what extent
should the U.S. and the international community treat these characteristics as security
Weak states face ongoing challenges due to the fact that th
1. The combination of religion and politics can take many different shapes: discuss
the main shapes of this combination in the Middle East today , and give one example for each type.
a. Theocracy- A form of government in which a god or deity is recognized
Lebanon: The Middle Easts Melting Pot
Lebanon was once a beautiful and thriving country filled with the most diverse
group of ethnicities, religions, and peoples in the Middle East. Lebanon was commonly
considered the most advanced nation in the Middle Ea
Is the Presidency too Democratic?
Often considered the most powerful office in the world the President of the United
States is elected once every four years by the citizens of the United States with great
pomp and circumstance and with great optimism the
Lessons from Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was elected to the office of President of the United States of
America on November 6th, 1860. A man who had failed to receive more than forty percent
of the popular vote or carry a single southern state was now in char
The Essence of Leadership: The Lessons of Glory
Everyone can name historys great leaders Caesar, Washington, Roosevelt, Lincoln, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., the list is an extensive one and yet each of these
leaders were unique leading their followers