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POLS 1020 week 8 II

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POLS 1020 week 8 II Political science 1020

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POLS 1020
Introduction to International Relations
Aron G. Tannenbaum
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Date Created: 02/26/16
POLS 1020 week 8 part II European History: That’s where the Action is European Imperialism: “The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire” Warfare makes countries more aggressive, rather than peaceful Europe Destroyed itself in Two World Wars, 1914 – 1945 United States in Western Europe, and Soviet Union in Eastern Europe. Realism and the European Balance of Power 1914 – 1945 Realism, a conservative perspective on international politics, assuming  A pessimistic view of human nature  Collective / group egotism  Inevitability of social conflict And therefore concludes,  Inevitability of conflict among states  Centrality  A harmony of interests is impossible among states Realism failed Europe: Let’s try IR Liberalism, Liberalism  An optimistic view of human nature  Nurture vs. nature  The inevitability of social progress bases on human reason Concludes,  Conflict among states is not inevitable  Warfare can be controlled, reduced and perhaps eliminated  A harmony of interests is possible among states The European Union: Reflects IR Liberalism An Experiment in Applied IR Liberalism The European Union A post- Westphalia Liberal Institution  Creation of “an ever closer union”  Based on “sharing sovereignty”  Borderless continent: free movement of o People/capital/labor/finance/education  Search for consensus among political elites, assumption of harmony of interests  “Security community:” No use of violence or threat of violence among states, diplomats, leaders  But NATO provides a touch of Realism.  United States provides a security umbrella for European Union for them not to be violent. Pre-History of the EU  Pre- 1945 empires by military conquest o Roman/Holy Roman/Napoleon/Hitler  1952 European Coal and Steel Community  1957 European Economic Community created by the Treaty of Rome  1979 Direct popular elections to European Parliament  1993 EU, created by the Maastricht Treaty  1995 Schengen Agreement, open borders  1996 European Central Bank  2002 New euro currency replaced most European states’ currencies  2009 Creation of the post of President of the European Council (“President of Europe?”)  2012 European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize Three EU locations  Strasbourg, on France- German border o European Parliament building  Brussels, Belgium o EU administration / Bureaucracy  Frankfurt, Germany o European Central Bank From Customs Union to Shared Sovereignty  Custom union: lower tariffs among member states and have common external tariff  International trade is main staring focus  US Marshall Plan forced Europeans to start sharing  EU widening and deepening o Widening = adding more countries o Deepening = power shift to Brussels  European – level political institutions – o Parliament / elections / courts/ bureaucracy Review Kagan’s 1. Kagan 1: Increased Prosperity through increased international trade  Eurozone 19/28  Advantages: o Very popular with consumer o Very popular with large corporations o Enhances “economic and monetary union”  Disadvantages: o European central Bank gives Germany economic dominance in the EU  Sets common monetary policy  But does not set fiscal policy still the preserve of separate national governments  And ECB dominated by German bankers, who favor strict monetary policy (austerity)  Emphasis on preventing inflation, not on creating jobs  So weak response to 2008 financial crisis  Result in EU economic inequalities  Result in EU Economic growth rate goes negative which Unites States goes positive 2. Kagan 2: Spreading Democracy a. European Parliament Building, Strasbourg (seats 2014 election) b. Executive Branch of the EU (not as clear cut as Parliament) c. EU is a Creation of Political Elites, it has a “democratic deficit” [The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people] d. An EU “Democratic Deficit. Still alive and well but under attack 3. Kagan 3: A European “ Security Community” a. A successful Liberal project b. Producing unprecedented peace on the European continent c. And producing unprecedented prosperity on the European continent d. But its security is guaranteed b American military power, an intrusion of Realism e. And the EU is facing unprecedented THREE Backlash against the EU Backlash 1: Against the free movement of peoples among EU States o Benefits for migrants o United Stated is in favor of Britain staying in o Come into the warfare to get wealth Backlash 2: Against economic austerity (hard money, hard to start a business, etc.) policies Backlash 3: Against increasing Muslim immigration into EU states. (Most dangerous) o Closing off immigration network Political consequences of backlash o Rise of nationalist sentiment in many EU states o Rise of extremist political parties in many EU states o Further EU deepening is on hold o Growing sentiment for given states to leave the EU 1. Grexit, a possible Greece exit from Eurozone/ EU 2. UKIP the UK independence Party / referendum June 2016 o Backlash against Arab migrants is eroding Schengen; EU states using military force to seal borders again The EU’s Uncertain Future o No common foreign policy o EU punches beneath its weight in international affairs o EU reluctant to confront Russian aggression in Ukraine o IR Liberalism faces its greatest test in our day


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