Exam 1 Notes
ESSAY: Realism is arguably the most compelling theory because of its assumptions, particularly concerning conflict, whereas liberalism seems to be the more common and relevant theory. 1. Realism assumes anarchy, which means there is no higher
Brittany Stephen PSC 332 August 10, 2010 The Clash of Civilizations? Huntington
I. Thesis: The fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily
ideological or primarily economic, but the dominating source of conflict will be cultural
Theories of War in an Era of Leading-Power Peace
Thesis: The thought and use of war among states has become greatly influential in modern
international relations, but leading powers do not use war as even a thought in mind anymore.
Ch. 1 Russet/ONeal Outline
Thesis: Liberalism has positive and negative consequences.
I. Anarchy as a potentially vicious circle
A. The greatest danger: a war of all against all.
B. States must be vigilant, according to realist theories.
Sovereignty Ch.8 Krasner
Thesis: Globalization and sovereignty has brought up many conflicts and hunger for
Sovereignty means final authority.
A. Bodin and Hobbes believed in sovereignty, but knew that keeping domestic order
Ch.2 Schroeder Outline
Thesis: Does a state really engage in self-help and balance of power when faced with external
threats to their security?
I. A historians view of the neo-realist historical world.
A. Theres a high value on independe
The Clash of Civilizations? Ch. 9 Huntington
Thesis: The decline of the nation state having conflicts of tribalism and globalism and the rise of
cultural conflict will represent the end of history or the clash of the civilizations.
If Iraqs Nuclear Programme Had Even a Five Per Cent Chance of Resulting In a
Regional Nuclear War and Nuclear Winter, Then On a Utilitarian Calculus, Sanctions
Against Iraq May Well Have Been Justified. Discuss.
The Security Council is guilty of intention
Is the English School Just Another Paradigm in IR?
The study of International Relations is characterised by competing theories and approaches
whose advocates claim absolute knowledge. When early developments of the English School
Jurisdictional Immunities of States: Whats New After the Judgment of the International
Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Dispute Between Germany and Italy?
The Doctrine of Jurisdictional Immunity of States: A Theoretical Contextualisation
Before discussing th
Has Globalization Exacerbated Ethnic Conflicts?
With the advent of industrialization and modernization, the world has, in words of Friedman,
become flat bridging the gap between Giddens time and space. The vast population of the
world has come to share a
Brittany Stephen PSC 332 August 10, 2010 The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention Friedman
I. Thesis: Classic geopolitical conflicts can erupt at any time and have the ability to
slow the flattening of the world or seriously unflatten it, but these threats
Brittany Stephen PSC 332 August 4, 2010
I. Thesis: Many common arguments predicting the decline of the sovereign state are
not exactly true.
a. Sovereign states are not just about dead; the recognition sovereignty provides
Exam 2 Types of Wars a. Interstate war between two or more states; classic; world wars, global wars, great power wars; decreasing since WWII; involve most or all of the great powers; system changing wars; most destructive; rarest; WWI, WWII, Persian Gulf
ESSAY Most likely one world theory; Friedman Globalization has always been a positive force Resisting globalization = resisting industrialization Global economy has become essentially one world, where production, trade, and commerce, no longer have much r
Brittany Stephen PSC 332 July 28, 2010 Toward a Theory of Terrorism: Human Security as a Determinant of Terrorism
I. Thesis: Poor political rights and poor human rights conditions are fundamental
elements in the origin of terrorism.
a. States with closed
Brittany Stephen July 19, 2010 PSC 332 Historical Reality vs. Neo-Realist Theory Schroeder
I. Thesis: Schroeders thesis is that historical reality has differed from neo-realist
theory, especially regarding self-help.
II. Three Points a. Point 1: During th
Brittany Stephen 7/20/2010 PSC 332 The War Over Israels Influence by Mearsheimer/Walt
I. Thesis: Mearsheimer and Walt say that the U.S. policy in the Mid-East is
dominated by the influence of the pro-Israel lobby.
II. Support a. Every year, the U.S. gives
Brittany Stephen PSC 332 July 27, 2010 Theories of War in an Era of Leading-Power Peace Jervis
I. Thesis: Although peace and security communities are becoming more important,
there is still the possibility of war and there are still theories associated wi
Brittany Stephen PSC 332 July 28, 2010 Terrorphobia: Our False Sense of Insecurity
I. Thesis: With great power wars becoming less likely, people are still feeling that
other forms of violence are increasing and that we are still insecure.
a. Polls since 2
Brittany Stephen PSC 332 August 3, 2010 Leading Through Law Slaughter
I. Thesis: The United States needs international law now because it offers a way to
preserve our power and pursue our most important interests while reassuring our allies that they have
Brittany Stephen PSC 332 August 4, 2010
Transnational Politics, International Relations Theory, and Human Rights
I. Thesis: Human rights issues are not marginal and increasingly detailed policy and
institutional mechanisms exist to ensure the implementati
Brittany Stephen PSC 332 August 5, 2010
Meeting the China Challenge Bergsten
I. Thesis: China is becoming one of the most powerful countries in the world,
making the stakes even higher for getting U.S. policy toward China right.
a. China is the worlds fou
Making and Breaking of European
The durability of European governments, or, their making and breaking, is often accredited to
their specific institutional environments. Accordingly, it is not solely elections that determine