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What is anarchy in the international system made up of?

What is anarchy in the international system made up of?


School: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Department: Political Science
Course: US National Security
Professor: Frazier
Term: Spring 2015
Cost: 50
Name: Midterm Study Guide
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What is anarchy in the international system made up of?

∙ Anarchy in the International System made up of: o Interactions

o Decision making/roles

o States as actors

o Institutions (NATO, UN, World Bank)

 Effects how states can behave

 Good for strong nations

 Basis of interactions is POWER

∙ Current International System

o Introduction of States as players

 State: Sovereign Nation  

∙ Requires:

o Population

o Borders/Territory

o Recognition

o Form of Government

o Resources

∙ Effective due to:

o Provide stability

What does security dilemma mean?

o Consolidate interests

o Sense of loyalty/citizenship

o Regulate exchange

 Terrorism is an interesting case  

because the international system is

so state centric, that historically  

non-state actors haven’t played a  

major role

o Big Actors:

 U.S., China, Russia, France, G.B, Germany Brazil


∙ Power

o Power for states was typically comprised as the ability to  win a war

 Required military capabilities and the ability to  

finance them

∙ Power really means getting other actors to do  

want you want

What is geopolitics ?

o Economic Power is the most important

 Consistent with military expenditures (more money,  bigger military)  

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o Partially due to more advanced  

technology that is very expensive

o Converting capabilities into power

 Function of achieving preferred outcomes

∙ Commanding change

o Relational Power

o Carrot and Stick alter behavior of an  


 Sanctions

∙ Controlling agenda

o Structural Power

o Frame the nature of interactions with  

another actor

 China-U.S. interactions and Taiwan

o Loss of face when it doesn’t work If you want to learn more check out the need for is a psychological benefit of prejudice that can come from either authentic pride in accomplishments or from derogating other groups.

 Russia’s w/ Ukraine  

∙ Establishing preferences

o Structural Power

o Initial preferences and beliefs are  


 Post-Cold War democratization

**U.S. has lots of structural power

o Soft Power

o Ability to co-opt states through persuasion and  positive attraction to obtain an outcome

 Culture

 Political Values

 Foreign Policy  

∙ China has tried to create a story  

about China through creation of  

Confucius Institute  

∙ The role of Diplomacy can be

o Government to Government  

o Citizen to Citizen  

o Smart Power

o Utilizing power most effectively to achieve  

preferred outcomes  

 Limits of military power

∙ Norms of Force

∙ Changes in types of warfare Don't forget about the age old question of bulent paker

∙ Domestic Constraints

∙ $$

∙ Appropriateness of Response

o Economic Power

o Military and economic power are  


 Longevity of strong military requires  

strong economic foundation

 Butter vs. guns argument

o Resources include

 Size of economy

 Natural resources

 Technology

 Trade/finance capabilities

o Implications for Security

 Creates interest in other States

 Potentially creates conditions for seeking  

greater influence or intervention

 Asymmetry creates security imbalance

o Role of Politics

o Institutional powers like WTO, IMF, Asian  

Development Bank, and World Bank solidify  

power for some states

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 Leads to sensitivity and vulnerability

∙ Change in State A=Change in State


∙ The China Concern

o China can hurt U.S, but only at its own expense

o States typically compartmentalize political/military issues  from economic ones

 USD has a lot of stability and being seen as a safe  haven for global investment

o Security dilemma in Asia-Pacific leading to military  competition  

o Conflict of interest creating possible misperception o Rhetoric fuels dilemma

o Problems for US include

 China’s increase in military spending

 Increased interactions

 Unknown intentions

 Taiwan problem

∙ Natural Resources

o Utilized to predict future power

 Problematic due to issues of conversion

o Economic use of Power

 Negative

∙ Trade embargo

∙ Travel restriction

∙ Asset freezing

∙ Aid suspension

 Positive

∙ Tariff reductions

∙ Market access

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∙ The Security Dilemma

o Results from a problem of cooperation

 Stag Hunt Game

∙ Both states can cooperate by de

arming/maintaining status quo

o One country cannot solely guarantee  


∙ Preferences:

o Mutual Cooperation through  


o Arm while the other disarms

o Both arm

o Disarm while the other country arms

o Trying to Increase one’s own security threatens the security of others

 U.K./ Germany

 France/Germany


 US/China

o Intensity depends on:

 History of Hostilities

 Level of Current Trust

 Threat posed (real or imaginary)  

o Elimination of security dilemma:

 Increase incentives We also discuss several other topics like chromatophilic substance

 Reduce costs/increase gains

 Decrease vulnerability

∙ Second strike, collective security, unilateral  

actions, inspections

∙ States tend to overestimate attainable security

∙ Reduces belief that only military power can  

increase stability

o Offense/Defense Balance

Offensive Advantage

Defensive Advantage



Extremely Dangerous

Security Dilemma



No security dilemma;  possible aggression

Most stable

o Types of Security Dilemmas

o I: unstable, mutual suspicion, status quo states,  


o II: changes to status quo, action-reaction spiral,  

direct conflict of interests  


o The influence of geography on who controls what and how who  controls what influences geography

o Technology and globalization were thought to have made  geography irrelevant  

o Negative Side:

o Social Darwinist Aspects

o Justification for war

o Colonialism

o Association with realism

o Where you are matters

 China vs. Brazil (SLOCs, climate, depth, centrality)

 Africa (Short coastlines, poor harbors, less navigable,

isolated inland, harsh environments)

o Technological Diffusion

o Ideal US location

o Small States are more vulnerable

o Too large makes it difficult to govern

 Russia, Canada, China, US, Brazil, Australia, India,  

Argentina, Kazakhstan, Algeria

o Geography and Tyranny

o Slower development with less strong borders

 Only way to quicker development is with strong  

military and government

 Access to water is important

o Spread of Islam

 Rapid spread in areas without geographic hindrances

∙ “Trading” religion

o Heartland Thesis (Mackinder)

 Middle East is unstable due to influence from all  


∙ Nazi Germany used it as justification for  


o Rimland Thesis

 Emphasis on Sea Power

∙ Able to defend and connect

∙ Containment policy after WWII

o Readings: 

o Ferguson (“A World Without Power”):

o History is a competition between rival powers

o Considers absence of power vs. a world with a bipolarity  balance of power

o US is limited by dependence on foreign capital, troop  levels, and attention deficit

o China cannot take over because it is not compatible with  the free market

o Nye (Power):

o See above notes

o Kaplan (Geopolitics):

o Mainland and Rimland Thesis

o States are much more limited morally because they have  to watch out for everyone in their boundaries

o Realists value order above freedom

o The map reminds us of the many ways in which men were  born unequal

o Britain became a great power because it was an island  secure in its borders (versus Germany vulnerable from both sides)

o Diffusion of technology works better across a common  latitude

o Poorest countries are where geography allow for high  population density but no economic growth

o Jervis ("Cooperation under the Security Dilemma"): o Although actors may want the same thing, they may not be able to reach is due to miscommunication and distrust o When a state increases its own security, it decreases the  security of others

o In the prisoner’s dilemma, there is no solution in the best  interests of all participants—rational response is to defect o Best situation is when a state will not suffer greatly from  the other defecting

o Cost of CD is loss of sovereignty

o When one state thinks the other is not likely to be against  it, but is more likely to be an ally, state A will welcome the  rise in strength of state B

o War is avoided through domestic costs, realizing there will  be a chain of events, and the advantages of cooperation  o In a game of chicken, you opt for C because CD is better  than DD

o When defensive weapons can be used over offensive ones  and distinguished it is possible to become more secure  without making others less secure

o Technology and geography determine whether the offense  or defense has the advantage  

o Wendt ("Anarchy is what States Make of It"):

o Structure (anarchy and distribution of power) vs. Process  (interaction and learning)

o Process changes behavior but not identities and interests o See Chart above

o Finnemore ("Legitimacy, Hypocrisy and the Social Structure of  Unipolarity"):

o World Politics in social and material

o Unipoles must legitimate power and diffuse it

o Laws, rules and institutions important for  

institutionalization and legitimacy

o Legitimacy can only be given by others both domestically  and internationally

o Foes can undercut legitimacy through credibility and  integrity

 Should not just be dismissed—rather diffuse power  so as not to seem an international dictator

o Institutionalization turns power into authority

o Hypocrisy means states often don’t want to abide by  international rules in order to have short-term gains and  the cost of long-term goals

o Three elements of hypocrisy:

 Actions vs. values

 Alternative actions are available

 Trying to deceive others

o Illustrated by Iraq sanctions and intervention in Kosovo o Acharya ("The Emerging Regional Architecture of World Politics"): o Increasingly regionalism—pockets of conflict and  cooperation

o Constructed more from within instead of without o Major regional power hierarchy is US, EU-Europe, Japan,  China and Russia

o Regional Security Complexes (RSCs)

 11 grouped into three main categories

∙ Centered (One great power)

∙ Great Power Complex (More than one great  


∙ Standard (No great regional power)

o Uses analytic eclecticism to look at understanding of  regions

o Two definitions of order are status quo vs. increasing  tendency towards peace

o US power may decrease through unifying Asia, minor  states ability to align and resist, binding strategies, rival  regional states leading to societal resistance

o Frazier and Stewart-Ingersoll ("Regional Powers and Regional  Security"):

o Examines Regional Security Complexes through a Regional  Powers and Security framework

o Regional structure, regional power roles, and regional  power orientations

o Regional power roles defined by leadership, custodianship,  and protection

o Orientation defined by status quo, cooperation, and long term design

o Great powers can have little involvement, alter distribution  of capabilities, or cause other states to encourage, deter,  or reverse actions

o Conflict formation, security regime, and security  community

o Constructivists see the possibility of a collective security  designation for an RSC through which groups identify with  each other

o Neorealists see this approach evolving from more  institutional development  

o Power restraining powers aim for suitable and stable  distribution of power

o Concert system involves most powerful states banding  together for stability

o Unstructured involves a non consistent means for security o Buzan and Waever argue the RSC defined by boundary,  anarchic structure, polarity, and social construction o Material capabilities are important to become regional  power

o Realist theory contends that the behavior of states is based on power relations and differences

o Constructivists focus on state identity as influencing  foreign policy

o Different roles include regional leader, regional protector,  and regional custodian

 Regional leader status comes from material power  and legitimacy

 Regional custodianship wants to maintain or stabilize order

∙ Limited by presence of societal norms

 Regional protector involves identification of threat  and overall concern for defense

∙ Protector role shifts focus from potential threat  of power itself and allows more opportunity for  influence

o Orientation is the inclination or preferences of states vis-à vis the security order

 Unilateralism vs. multilateralism

 Proactive or reactive

∙ Proactive leads to stability  

 Supports or seeks to revise status quo


Questions to Consider: 

o What is the International System?

o How did the current system arise?

o Who are the most important actors and why?

o Are states the best form of organization for security?

o What is anarchy and is it the best description of the international  system?

o What does anarchy mean about sovereignty?

o Should sovereignty ever be violated and who gets to decide? o What would most people say serves as the basis of interactions  for states?

o If anarchy exists, how can there be order?

o Order or anarchy leads to certain outcomes. What are they? o What is the role of the US?

o What happens if the US stops playing its role?

o Are preventative policies good for the international system? o What is the international community and how does it deal with  security problems?

o How do non-state actors complicate ideas about sovereignty? o Are resources power?

o How does a state attain soft power?

o Is military power as useful today as it has been historically? o Does it makes sense for the US to divest resources away from  military capabilities to something else that might be more  effective in developing power?  

o How important will economic power be relative to other types in  the future?

o How do politics affect economics?

o How to institutional powers solidify powers for some states?

o How much does it cost to create a new interdependence when  one fails?

o What threats would cause the US to respond in ways that would  intentionally harm its economy?

o Does foreign aid help a state’s security goals? Why or why not?  o What economic conditions could lead to militarized conflict  between states?  

o Are economic conditions responsible for the rise of non-state  actors that employ violence?  

o Do economic conditions drive all conflict? If so, what should be  done about this?

o What makes the US attractive? Are other states more attractive? o What things are likely to be important with respect to states and  power in the future?  

o Does it makes sense for the US to divest resources away from  military capabilities to something else that might be more  effective in developing power? What?  

o How important will economic power be relative to other types in  the future?  

o How important is soft power in the 21st century?

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