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What is the state of security?

What is the state of security?


School: University of Florida
Department: Political Science
Course: Introduction to International Relations
Professor: Richard nolan
Term: Fall 2015
Cost: 50
Name: INR 2001 -- Study Guide Exam 2
Description: Study guide for exam 2 on 3/2
Uploaded: 02/26/2018
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International Relations: Exam 2 Study Guide 

What is the state of security?

The State and Security 

General Concepts

o State

o Nation

o Nation­state

o Sovereignty

 Internal

 External 

o Anarchy

Security: High Politics

o Global anarchy leaves the states vulnerable and uncertain. 

o The need to ensure one's sovereignty causes defensive armament that ultimately creates a  potential for war within the system.

Security Dilemma

o Each state being prudent takes measures to defend itself. ( o Other states, alarmed of said actions, will arm themselves. o In trying to ensure security states become less secure. o Vicious cycle of armament.

What is power as a variable?

o Lack of trust.

o Often results in violence.

Power Variables and Power Relations 

Power as a Variable

o Power is identified with military capability

o Power is what people think it is

o Reputation for power 

Power as a Relationship

Reciprocal relationship 

∙ A influences B, but B also influences A

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∙ Interdependence, mutual dependency, reciprocal

Four factors in power relationships We also discuss several other topics like How do valence electrons affect atomic radius?

1. Conflict of interest between A and B

2. B complies to A’s demands 

What is a reciprocal relationship?

∙ Non­compliance from B must be more painful than compliance.

∙  If B says no to A’s demands then A has two options:

a) Give up its demands

b) Punish B (Economic, Militarily, etc.)

3. Compliance is less costly for B;  B believes A’s threat is credible

4. When differences are extreme and the stakes for both are high, force is more likely

Components of Power

Tangible components 

o Military

o Economic output/Technology

o Population

o Geography

o Natural resources

Intangible components 

o Motivation

o Strategy

o Tactics

o Leadership

      Arms Control

SALT I - 1972  

Limitation on nuclear warheads.

Theories of War & Civil War

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o Human nature

o Political leadership

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o Autocratic vs. democratic systems

o Misperception

o Distortion of reality

o Absence of accurate information

o World view, belief systems

o Schematic thinking; preconceived ideas 

o Loss of control

o Utility of War


o Economic Structures

o Marxist interpretation

o Military Industrial Complex

o from war and thus encourage it

o Iron Triangle

o Autocratic nations more likely to go to war

o Democratic peace­ democracies are more peaceful; tend not to fight eachother o Nationalism

Global Anarchy 

o Distribution of power

o Lack of institutions to prevent war

o Power Asymmetry

o Balance of power

o Long cylce theory

o Power Transition

o Change in relative power of states disrupts peace and stability

o Arms Race

Civil War

Types of Civil War 

o Internal Rebellion

o Relative deprivation

o Secession

o Nationalism (anti-colonialism)

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Reasons for Civil War 

o Autonomy

o Irredentism (ethnicity)

o Control of the State

o Failed State

o Government breakdown

Nuclear Weapons, Deterrence, and Crisis  Management 

Weapons, Deterrence, and Crisis Management  


∙ Has always existed

∙ Premeditated  

∙ The use of violence, or the threat of violence, by non-combatants, usually on  non-combatants

∙ Usually non-state actors

∙ Public exposure, the goal is political  

∙ Tactic of the weak

∙ One man’s terrorist, is another man’s freedom fighter

∙ Choose target with symbolic meaning

∙ Transnational (?)

Nuclear Weapons & Deterrence

∙ B-2 bomber  

∙ Conventional weapons (more precise, less power)

∙ Non-conventional weapons (more power, less precise)

∙ WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction)

∙ Nuclear weapons  

∙ Nuclear winter

∙ The purpose is not to defend an attack, but to defend by preventing  an attack, that is the true purpose of nuclear weapons

∙ The primary purpose of nuclear weapons is to not use them ∙ Deterrence requirements (3)

 Needs to be perpetual

 Credible commitment

∙ Military capability (something to hurt the adversary


∙ Determination to use it (credible commitment)

∙ Evaluation of both by potential attacker

 Deterrence = capabilities x resolve (perceived)

 Retaliation capabilities

Arms control

∙ Weapons

∙ Delivery systems

∙ B-52 bombers

∙ Managing deterrence

∙ Disarmament

∙ SALT 1

∙ Reduce incentive to strike first

∙ Preemptive strikes (short term)

∙ Preventative strike (long term)  

∙ Make sure both sides’ retaliatory capabilities are invulnerable ∙ ICBMs

∙ Bombers

∙ Submarines (SLBM)

∙ Stabilizers

ABM Treaty  

o Leaving cities vulnerable

o Never felt secure enough to strike first

o Failure of deterrence would be mutually ensured destruction

Nuclear Utilization Theory

Strategic Defense Initiative


o Everyone gets nuclear weapons to prevent being attacked

o Fear that the technology will reach nonstate actors



o Decision makers taken by surprise

o Limited response time

o Vital interest at state

o Ex: Cuban Missile Crisis

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