Government 312L Notes
Understanding the CW: IR Theory Levels of analysis
- Systematic level Realism
o Assertion of inevitability
o Cannot explain ideologies, TOO RIGID. Cannot explain non-state actors (e.g. Al Qaeda)
o The situation determine
Lecture 9 (Movie)
I. The wall was still intact at 1989, but things were about to change
a. Gorbachev wanted to end CW, but US was cautious.
b. Told the ppl of E. Europe would be allowed to choose their nations, but were
convince they would choose socialis
I. Perspectives on the Post-CW world
a. The new world order
i. Initial euphoria: E. Europe stopped being a Soviet sphere, Soviets ceased to exist
into a number of free new states that proclaimed democratic ideals and market
economy. WANT to be integrated
US and the post-cold war World
a. In search of a mission:
We have ended containment, causes identity crisis.
ii. When we define our mission, we have figure out the means AND the end.
iii. trying to promote democracy
iv. In early 90s, what should US
Lecture 30, Mon, Aug 8th
I. U.S. Policy toward Russia
a. Toward a new containment
i. Shift from internal to external: Taliban comes to power, should we try to spread
democracy or ensure security? Unilateralism or multilateralism? Weak
democratic Russia is
Lecture 19, Wednesday August 10th
I. In troduction: whats the conflict in Chechnya?
a. Background: in the Black Sea, independent, south part of Caucaus
Mountain Range, for Russians this was a barrier against Ottoman
E mpire. Now very r ich in oil. Now a s
Essay: Parenthetical (lecture, gaddis, 228) citations
Four explanations (choose one):
1. Reagan ended the cold war?
2. or Gorbachev ended the cold war?
3. Successful containment worked?
4. Communist system collapsed? Communism as a system of gov
I. Understanding the Cold War: Int. Relations Theory Levels of analysis
a. Systemic Level: dominant theory of realist (or neorealism): conflict,
not cooperation, as the natural order of things (entropy! Lol). Anarchic
world system absence of overarching w
Three levels ?
What is the logic of cold war?
System of govt?
Individual level? Stalin
Systemic people= realist
How they protect x?
Greek Civil War
What are the differences?
Us and sovie
Extremists and Bandits
How Russia Views the War against Terrorism
PONARS Policy Memo No. 246
When President Vladimir Putin picked up the phone to express his sympathy to President George
W. Bush in th
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Russia and the West: Taking the Longer View
The Washington Quarterly, Volume 30, Number 2, Spring 2007,
pp. 123-135 (Article)
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U.S. Policy Toward Russia
a. Russia seemed to desire a world in which they were interwoven with the
west, but some issues are raised ethnic conflicts and terrorism. Wars
over territory. US is looking for a mission/identity after the Cold War.
Violence and conict
in the Russian North Caucasus
DOMITILLA SAGRAMOSO *
Since 2006 there has been a signicant reduction in the level of ghting in the Russian
republic of Chechnya between federal troops and Chechen rebels, indicating a
Making the Best of a Bad Hand:
An Assessment of Current Trends
in Russian Foreign Policy
Carol R. Saivetz1
Abstract: An expert on international relations analyzes current trends in Russian
foreign policy drawing on materials from the press and other media