I. THE SECURITY DILEMMA
what are reassurance strategies?
what is a potential revisionist?
what is a satisfied power?
what is an implacable enemy?
what is defensive panic?
what is a self-enforcing agreement?
what is a window of opportunity?
A theory of international relations is a set of ideas that explains how the international system
works. Unlike an ideology, a theory of international relations is (at least in principle) backed up
with concrete evidence. The two major theories of internat
Some international agreements create international organizations, which are institutions that
set rules for nations and provide venues for diplomacy. There are two types of international
organizations: international governmental organizations (IGOs) and i
War has been far too common in human history and thus is the central problem of international
relations. Many political scientists and foreign policymakers view war as the continuation of
politics: When diplomacy fails, some states decide to use force. Ot
Germany: northern border
France: Western border
Italy: MOSTLY surrounded
U.S.: west + east coasts + southern gulf
Why does Mearsheimer argue that "land power" is more important
I. approaches to
A. International Politics (IP) / International Relations (IR)
i. International Politics
ii. International Relations
iv. Ethnocentric bias
Background to Mali Political Situation
The national moveme
use "the great powers" "nation-state" or "state"
"According to Mersheimer" it is the distribution of power amongst great powers in which
no single "nation
the cold war from 1945 to 1990
latent power - i.e. population
4. I.P. is based on group conflict
Reinhold Niebuhr, Christian realist
It's in national interest of each country to pursue its national security
wrote during WW2
focused on the holocaust. estimated 12 million jews kille
Michael Scheuer is a CIA veteran who opened Alec Station in 1996. Alec Station was a unit of the
Central Intelligence Agency dedicated to tracking Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden founded alQaeda in 1988 which is a global terrorist and mi
Afghan Mujaheddin - In the 1980's the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. In respones rebels
take up arms against the soviets for their country. The afghans gave themselves the name
Mujaheddin, which means Holy Warrior. During the war they received financia