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POLS 3400

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Week 2 Lecture Notes
International Politics
Dr. John Antonio Pascarella
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Christen King on Wednesday January 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to POLS 3400 at Georgia State University taught by Dr. John Antonio Pascarella in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 238 views. For similar materials see International Politics in Political Science at Georgia State University.


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Date Created: 01/20/16
Week 2 (1/20/16) The Melian Dialogue Continued and Aristotle/Hobbes Justice o Does being just only apply to those who are equal with Food for Thought Is overthrowing or challenging aggressive powers, just? (cf. Athenian ¶ 3) each other? (cf. Athenian ¶ 3) Food for Thought How do the Athenians benefit from this argument? “The strong do what they can, and the weak suffer what they must” o What does Athens have to resort to after the fall? “What is destroyed now is not available for later”  The “common good” What is the common good? Does it even exist?  Empire Is it possible for an empire to be just? (cf. Athenian ¶ 3- 4) What are the risks of an empire appearing just? (cf. Athenian ¶ 7) Is it natural to long for justice? (cf. Athenian ¶11) Is justice absolute or relative? Intro to IR  What does IR study?  3 areas: International Politics International Political Economy (IPE) International Law Definition International Relations is the study of states interactions with each other, and also the goings-on of non-state actors Actors  State: A land with a settled population that exists also as a governed entity with recognized borders (i.e. a country, nation, nation-state)  Sovereignty: Supreme Authority over population and/or territory  Nation: large population who share the same ethical and/or ethnical values (i.e. language, religion, culture) Examples: Kurdish people, Palestine  State Governments: Institution with authority to formulate and enforce its decisions within a country’s Food for Thought Difference between nations and states: nations do not need recognized borders, whereas states do. borders  IGOs: Associations of several nation-states for the purpose of international cooperation  NGOs :Unaffiliated groups that are either public or private, that serve as interest groups. These groups attempt to influence IR. Food for Thought What are Examples of States’ Interests? Examples of NGOs: Red cross, Greenpeace, Amnesty International o International Politics: How states pursue and protect their interests o Foreign policy: What states do in order to pursue their interests o 3 levels of IR: System State Individual Theory defines what determines IR.


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