December 3rd, 2012
US Decisions on Iraq
Iraq as a state
Iraq is an artificial creation of the League of Nations (1920) and its British mandate
Iraq has three major population groups:
Also smaller mino
Section I. Write an incredible, A+ 1000-word response.
The United States and the Soviet Union were allies during World War II, but then spent the next
40 or so years as enemies, until the Cold War suddenly ended. What is your best explanation for
December 5th, 2012
The United Nations and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
The Founding of the UN
Championed by US President FDR and his wife Eleanor
Idea: great powers would act together to prevent and stop aggression
protection of human rights see
Explanations for the Missiles of October (Summary)
1. Khrushchev, individual support for Castro
2. Defensive Realism,
3. Defensive Realism, balancing nukes
4. Berlin, Offensive Realism
Organizational Politics: Soviet
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
November 7th, 2012
The European Union
An Experiment in Process
Theoretical Questions about the EU
Is it a success story for liberalism (R. Daniel Kelemen) and a lever for increasing
international liberalization? (Edward Mansfield and Helen Milner).
November 12, 2012
The Rise of China
China as a World Power
China has of the worlds population: 1.34 billion
The US population is around 312 million
China has the worlds second largest economy.
but US GDP is more than twice as large as Chinas.
November 14, 2012
International Oil & Gas Politics (Emily Holland - Presentation)
Who is the Worlds Largest Oil & Gas Producer?
Currently, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer
The US is the Worlds largest natural gas producer
November 28, 2012
DO READINGS FOR
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Why is it so difficult to define terrorism?
The term is highly politicized
The term is highly normative
one persons terrorist is someone elses freedom fighter
The term has chan
October 22, 2012
Explaining the End of the Cold War
Realism, Liberalism, or the Personal Vision of Gorbachev?
The Cold War: 1980s Upsurge
1979: the USSR invaded Afghanistan
1980: In response, US President Jimmy Carter:
boycotts grain exports to the USS
October 24, 2012
International Political Economy
The World Trade Organization
Contending Approaches to International Political Economy (Gilpin)
not the popular way in todays economics
October 31, 2012
The Global Financial Collapse of 2007/2008
What went wrong?
The Role of Economic Ideas
Midterm Due Electronically Due 11/21 (In Section Coursework Site)
Double-Spaced in a Single Document (5 page each, thus 10 pages total) Word or PDF
Professor Kimberly Marten
International Politics, V1601
Who are the actors? (Level of Analysis)
-The International System
What motivates those actors?
What constrains those acto