The security dilemma
o Is the US declining?
o Should the US be isolationist or not?
o The more you invest in security, the less secure you feel
US is not declining
o Unprecedented power gap
o US v. Brittain
If you ask Americans what the top economic power in the world is, only 40% say
America (it is America)
Outcomes and stuff, focusing on the stuff instead of the outcomes
Projected soviet and US Growth chart (created in 1960)
Why are poor people less likely to immigrate?
o Its harder to immigrate without money. Lack of hope, harder to find motivation
to take the challenge.
o Less educated and therefore less informed
o Stronger support resou
Isolationism, good or bad?
What impact does democracy and having elections have on our foreign policy?
o The promotion of democracy is at the core of our national interest
The US has one of the longest foreign policy traditions in the world
Liberalism (usually has the same assumptions as realism)
Distribution of power
Normscertain biding id
International Theory and the Case Against Unilateralism (10/2)
o Basically, some states are simply incapable of balancing
o Realist counter arguments:
A lot of nations benefit from our unipolarity
Limits military costs of Europe
Revolution in Millitary Affairs (RMA)
o The development/belief that military technology has developed to a point in terms
of speed, information, and precision that it has totally transformed how war works
o Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD)
Foreign aid and sanctions are similar. For the US, nail the sanctions and the foreign aid
will probably follow suit
Twitter? It forces communication between continents
Multi national corporations
Test question: what are the differences between Obama and Romney in terms of foreign
o Biggest national security threat
o Differences between how they talk about the military
Romney wants to spend more money on defense than Obama
The United States economy is incredibly robust
o It wont last forever, but for the foreseeable future, no matter how much the US
fucks up, the supremacy of the dollar on our side
o Our bad behavior is a function of the fact that were in such a pr
The US has a lot of international power.
o What does the power consist of
More or less of some types
The goals of the USwhat were trying to accomplish with the power, will we be
successful as we do so
Applying international relations theory to Am