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posc 350

by: Stacey Boateng

posc 350 POSC 350

Stacey Boateng
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Date Created: 03/06/16
Foreign Defense Policy section 2: History 10/19/2015 ▯ Monroe Doctrine (1823): the nations of the western hemisphere are henceforth not to be considered subjects for future colonization by any European power ▯ -What does this mean? They are strong enough to exert some kind of sphere of influence ▯ -We should consider any attempt on their part (Europe) as dangerous to our peace and safety ▯ Simon Bolivar (the George Washington of Latin America): helped start independence movement through Latin America ▯ ▯ -US Exceptionalism (Manifest Destiny) ▯ -Gunboat Diplomacy: Show of strength to “encourage” opening of Asian markets ▯ Roosevelt’s Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine: Chronic wrong- doing may ultimately require intervention by the Western Hemisphere the adherence of the Monroe doctrine may force United States to exercise police power ▯ “speak softly and carry a big stick”- Roosevelt: engage in diplomacy but have the military to encourage ( have them back you up when you do speak) ▯ -The United Fruit Company: US needed to promote economic stability and put out ideas on how to be a good business person ▯ *Honduras was the First banana Republic (banana wars) ▯ -Dollar Diplomacy: foreign policy based on advancing US private commercial interests (Promote US business interests) ▯ ▯ Post WW1: US and the League of Nations (Woodrow Wilson) ▯ -The US never joined the league of nations: congress didn’t want entanglement and neither did the public (this is why it failed) ▯ ▯ US involvement in WW2: ▯ -1931: japan invades china ▯ 1937: japan, Germany Italy form axis alliance ▯ 1938: Germany occupies Austria, demands the Sudetenland ▯ *Appeasement by Great Britain ▯ 1939: Germany invades Poland ▯ Us Response: ▯ 1953: president Roosevelt to congress- repeal neutrality act of 1930 ▯ congress to Roosevelt-NO!! ▯ -Roosevelt created the lend lease executive agreement: lending out military equipment ▯ -1940: draft was reinstated ▯ -1941 :A day that will live in infamy ▯ *Romania is the last country the US declared war on in order to get to Germany ▯ ▯ Allied Powers: FDR, Stalin, Churchill ▯ -the United Nations is considered to be the boldest experiment in international organization yet adopted by man ▯ -The headquarters were in New York to force the US to Never Retreat (Document was signed in San Francisco California 1945) ▯ -One of out greatest allies (USSR) became our greatest enemy ▯ **Read the policy of containment for class!!!!! ▯ ▯ ▯ Containment: stopping the spread of soviet influence (communism) ▯ who is X (George Keenan)- he was a foreign service officer stationed in Germany ▯ Reading: Source of Soviet Conduct ▯ 2 Sources: 1. Ideology(Party) ▯ 2. Circumstance(History) ▯ -Russia wanted to spread communism and fight capitalists(the west) ▯ -There is a natural clash and constant fighting ▯ -There is no long-term alliances between the Soviet Union and the United States ▯ -There is no power at the bottom, decisions are all made by the party ▯ -The soviet Union patient, cautious and willing to accept short term setbacks for long-term gain ▯ -George Keenan suggests that the US policy should be containment: prevent the influence of the soviets (this must be long term, patient, and vigilant) ▯ -this was out policy from 1947-1989 ▯ ▯ Tools of Containment: Aid and Force ▯ Foreign Aid: ▯ -Berlin airlift: soviet union tried to force the west side of berlin to become communist by cutting all aid, the US air force airlifted aid to Germany for 10 months ▯ -The Marshall Plan: any European country was given money to rebuild economy and infrastructure (if people aren’t dying there is democracy) ▯ -The alliance for progress: the Marshall plan for Latin America, providing financial aid in order to fight communism (Kennedy) fighting against Cuba in the 1950’s ▯ Force: sending in troops to push back the spread of communism ▯ 1. The Korean War ▯ 2. Vietnam War ▯ -Using covert opts to aid domestic forces to push back communist forces (bay of pigs in Cuba) ▯ ▯ Vietnam Video: ▯ -Belief and seeing are often wrong: Gulf of Tonkin ▯ -If 1 domino falls, then all will follow (Vietnam) ▯ -The US should see the Soviet Union as a threat and as a rival ▯ -Operation Rolling thunder: trying to soften Vietnam, without putting boots on the ground and using airpower ▯ -Protecting our own lives ▯ -Public opinion ▯ ** Vietnam has influenced American policy: don’t get involved in someone else’s civil war ▯ Morality: is there law about the use of chemicals? ▯ Norm: conduct of war; proportional; you cannot use weapons that kill more than the considered target ▯ Collateral Damage ▯ Applying levels to the Vietnam war: -System: stop the spread of communism to the other regions (the US view) -Domestic: public opinion was against Vietnam especially later on in the war (we were not winning or gaining progress; unilateral; there was no vital interest; the draft did not help) -Individual: civilian vs. military leaders (civilian leaders considered public opinion because of re-election the military commanders knew what was needed to get the job done quickly) McNamara Vs. LBJ *All of these things interacted with one another to create the outcome of Vietnam ▯ ▯ **Dictatorships & Double Standards (Jeane Kirkpatrick: 1980’s) ▯ **The Berlin wall fell in 1989 ▯ ▯ A New World Order: ▯ *Engagement and enlargement: (Clinton): ▯ -Engagement through economic ▯ -Promote liberalization of markets ▯ -Assistance to liberalize & democratize ▯ -Humanitarian aid to liberalize and democratize ▯ -Enlarge democratic and capitalist countries ▯ ▯ Technology: More communication Individual: New invention/ Larger market State: best practice (Rise of the Internet in the late 80’s) ▯ ▯ Focus: Eastern Europe- Bringing into NATO ▯ Money and technical assistance ▯ ▯ Latin America- Creating NAFTA ▯ Aid to Haiti ▯ ▯ Use of Military: Rise in peace keeping ▯ - A Power Vacuum: end of the cold war brought a rise in civil war ▯ * South Africa was the only country that was not under Soviet influence in Africa ▯ ▯ Failed States: Lack of government control ▯ -Somalia, Afghanistan ▯ ▯ Ethnic Wars: Yugoslavia Nigeria ▯ Iraq ▯ Al Qaeda: clash of civilizations ▯ ▯ Waging the War on Terrorism: “ we will make no distinction between terrorists and the nations that harbor them… and hold both to account” (President Bush (George W.)) ▯ -Terrorism is mobile and continues to move ▯ ▯ Factors that promote radicalization and recruitment of terrorism: ▯ -Poverty and Unemployment ▯ -Gender: Men are more likely to become terrorists although the men get in it for honor and women get in it fro revenge (The black widows of Chechnya) ▯ -Youth: young men and boys are usually targeted ▯ ▯ Sex and the Shaheed: ▯ -Shaheed: suicide terrorists who are doing it to gain honor for their family so their brothers would be more likely to get married ▯ -Poor men are more likely to become terrorists because of the promise of receiving 72 virgins to sleep with ▯ ▯ Winning Hearts and Minds: ▯ -It helps stop radicalism by finding who the terrorists are ▯ -Creating collateral damage only recruits more enemies and doesn’t win the trust of the opposition ▯ Nuclear Proliferation: ▯ proliferation of nuclear weapons ▯ danger to global relations ▯ 109 states that are weapon states ▯ ▯ Policy option 1: begin reduction of US nuclear arsenal as means of facilitating international nuclear deproliferation ▯ ▯ Policy option 2: work with the international community to impose economic sanctions on states that have not yes signed the NTP ▯ ▯ Policy option 3: work with states with nuclear weapons to implement safer security practices ▯ ▯ -the option chosen was working with the international community ▯ ▯ Israel: ▯ -Since 1976 Israel has been the largest annual recipient of US foreign aid (more) ▯ -Current aid iron dome ▯ -625 million ▯ ▯ Policy option 1: give more arms to our allies ▯ ▯ Policy option 2: no trading arms with allies use budget for things that are necessary ▯ ▯ Policy option 3: increase economic aid ▯ ▯ -the option chosen is doing nothing ▯ -There are about 11.3 million illegal immigrants in the United States. ▯ ▯ Will building a wall on illegal immigrants work? ▯ -No because they will find a way to get over the wall regardless ▯ -People are coming over to the US in order to escape the drug war and gang violence ▯ ▯ -Alliance for prosperity: 5 year plan giving 20 million dollars to boost economic growth and improve safety ▯ ▯ Syrian Refugees: ▯ -More than half of the nations governors say Syrian refugees are not welcome ▯ -there have been 335 estimated deaths in the US due to mass shootings this year alone ▯ ▯ Hilary Doctrine : Fempolitik: using force to promote human (women’s rights) ▯ -Empowering women and girls is a vital interest ▯ -Democracy promotion, universal values ▯ -Economic Prosperity: Education ▯ Enlarge workforce ▯ Money in the hands of women ▯ Increased security ▯ ▯ US Interest: ▯ -National security ▯ -Economic prosperity ▯ -Universal values: *Human right ▯ *Democratic government ▯ *Environmental protection ▯ ▯ Women in politics: ▯ - Gender gap ▯ -“Better” policy ▯ -Hostility level is lower ▯ -Decreased rick of a coup ▯ -Decreased risk of Civil war ▯ ▯ What to study for the final: ▯ Know levels of FP ▯ Constitution making ▯ Just war theory ▯ Know what US interests are ▯ PowerPoints from presentations in class ▯ Videos shown in class ▯


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