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IR Notes Week 1 and 2

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IR Notes Week 1 and 2 POLT 12800

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These notes cover the basics of our first two weeks in class.
Introduction to International Relations
Chip P Gagnon
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Christine Morano on Sunday February 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to POLT 12800 at Ithaca College taught by Chip P Gagnon in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 73 views. For similar materials see Introduction to International Relations in Political Science at Ithaca College.


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Date Created: 02/07/16
International Relations Notes Weeks: 1, 2 Crisis in Crimea: ▯ -Russia has military base established in Crimea ▯ -Russia feels threatened by western European Powers - NATO ▯ -Russia takes over Crimea Obama: Liberalism ▯ -Believes Russia is breaking international law and wants to intervene ▯ ▯ -violation of Ukrainian sovereignty Mearsheimer: Realism ▯ -Believes the US should stay out of Crimea and Russia ▯ -Russia is powerful and a good relationship is needed ▯ - Monroe Doctrine Theorys: Realism beliefs: ▯ -War happens because of a lack of balance between states ▯ -Order in each state is most important ▯ -Believe anarchy will create chaos ▯ -States cooperate out of convenience ▯ -Stag Hunt Scenario = everyone worrying about the others defecting ▯ -War is inevitable ▯ -Structural Theory = can’t trust the intentions of other states ▯ -People are not rational when their power is at stake ▯ -Morality is not that important ▯ ▯ -EX: U.S let Iraq bomb its own people and didn’t intervene so they could ▯ ▯ maintain a good relationship ▯ - Arms Race will occur ▯ -International Law is not enforceable ▯ -Looks at relative gain Liberalism beliefs: ▯ -Inherently given life, liberty, and property ▯ -Universal ▯ -Trusts other states ▯ -Wants to spread Democracy and Economic Interdependence ▯ ▯ -Why? = countries will have more incentive to negotiate, creates more ▯ ▯ wealth overall, Free Trade, no two democracies have fought each other, ▯ ▯ ruled by the people ▯ -Looks at overall gain ▯ -International Organizations and Law Global Humanism: ▯ -Focus on justice and injustice ▯ -Don’t agree with capitalism ▯ -Social Welfare ▯ - Neocolonialism Other Notes/Facts: ▯ -Over the past 60 years, NATO has expanded East towards Russia ▯ -Miscalculation does not mean irrational ▯ -U.S. is a regional hegemony ▯ -China is a potential regional hegemony ▯ -No world hegemony ▯ -No state is nearly as powerful as the U.S. Terms: ▯ Sovereignty- set of laws, and acceptance of differences in laws ▯ Monroe Doctrine- treaty to stay out of the Western Hemisphere ▯ Theory- a well tested idea with high predicted power ▯ Anarchy- No government ▯ Rational- Weighing costs and benefits before making a decision ▯ Neocolonialism- countries can’t run the way they want ▯ Security Dilemma- one feels more safe than the other ▯ Arms Race- both states building up military for safety when there is no ▯ ▯ intention for war ▯ Hegemony- one state gets so powerful that no state would ever challenge it ▯ Balance of Power- If a country gets too bug other states will join together ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ for balance (bipolar and multipolar) ▯


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