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What is international security studies?

What is international security studies?


School: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Department: Political Science
Course: Intoduction to International Relations
Professor: Mark copelovitch
Term: Spring 2016
Cost: 25
Name: Polisci 103 Notes 2/23-2/25
Description: These notes cover lectures.
Uploaded: 02/27/2016
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What is international security studies?

Introduction to International security O studying International security (I.S.)

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- accounts for the popularity of realism

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What are the causes of international conflicts?

•conflict: a difference in preferred outcomes in a

bargaining situaron - conflict + war o leverage using power capabilities to influence an actor

to reach an agreement more favorable to you - war is a means of leverage - sources: conventional forces carmies, navy, air force)

Why national defense is important?

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destruction (chemicali nuclear) - another source is money

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•ex. Peace Dividend of 1990s - wouldnt need as much spending on defense

since the cold war is over military spending is 16% of the total federal

spending in 2015 - 54% of discretionary spending "less money on soldiers, but more on equipment - trained + equipped 75% of nord's armed

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• ex. Bose Closings

- BRAC procedures, politically sensitive ex defense spending

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• spending & Public opinion

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