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IAFF 1005, Week 3

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All about the different types of power and the 5 major International Affairs Theories.
Introduction to International Affairs: A Washington Perspective
Brown, M
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Date Created: 09/17/16
9.13.2016 Power Transitions  Great-Power Danger Zone  “Balance in power” isn’t always the best because equal power of rising and established power creates tension  In 12/16 cases the outcome is war  Polarity in the international system o Unipolar: 1 hegemon  United Stated in the early Post-Cold War era o Bipolar: 2 superpowers  Cold War (1945-1991) o Multipolar: 3 or more great powers  Concert of Europe (1815-1914) o Nonpolar: A fragmented, flat system  Medieval Europe  Stability and Polarity o Unipolar: stable fi hegemon is seen a benign, legitimate; stable if no rising challenger o Bipolar: a zero-sum competition can be dangerous; stable if war is clearly seen as catastrophic o Multipolar: Stable if great powers are about equal and static; stable of alliances are fluid, to allow balancing  21 Century o Form unipolar to multipolar? To bipolar? To nonpolar? To another unipolar world? Led by China or the EU? o Polarity varies across military, economic, political arenas; power may be changing at different rates in different arenas o Mostly unipolar  1990s- multipolar in economics  Military- unipolar  NGOs are becoming increasingly powerful in the international political system. The system is going to change. Morality and War  “Just War” formulations o War can be justified if the reasons for going to war are legitimate and if military force is used with restraint  Jus ad bellum – Justice of War  Jus in bello – Justice in War o Pacifists disagree with all of this  Today, very few national leaders are pacifists  Jus ad Bellum o Under just war doctrine, when the reasons for using force are justifies  Just Cause  UN Charter: self-defense (territory, political independence)  Responsibility to Protect: Humanitarian intervention  Right Intention  To re-establish a just peace, not expand  Legitimate Authority  Sovereign states, UNSC resolutions  Reasonable Hope  Expected probability of success  Last Resort  Jus in Bello o Under just war doctrine, how force must be used once a war has begun  Proportionality in the use of force  Response proportional to initial attack  Actions/means proportional to the ends  Noncombatant immunity  Respect for the laws of war  The rights of soldiers (wounded, POWs) Moral Complexities and Dilemmas  Anticipation o Preemptive strikes: When the attack is imminent o Preventive War: when the threat is farther away  Identifying aggressors and defenders  Noncombatant immunity and military necessity o “Double effect” and “Collateral Damage”  Intra-state conflict is complex  Nuclear deterrence o The problem of immoral threats and plans o Military necessity and ‘supreme emergency’ Why This Matters  Power still matters  The nature and distribution of power is changing  System-level changes are a big deal o Great power transitions o Changes in the polarity of the system o The growing influence of non-state actors  Morality still matters o Wars and armed conflicts are still taking place o Nuclear weapons are still with us o Moral complexities and dilemmas abound Theory: well developed, inter-connected set of ideas. Empirically grounded, may be improved or rejected. NOT hypothesis or speculation Paradigm: broader framework accepted by scientific communities, core assumptions/concepts, methodologies. May contain several sets of theories. Realism: Propositions  International System is anarchic o No security guarantee o Uncertainty about the intents/capabilities of others compounds mistrust and security concerns  States are the dominant act in the international system o International institutions cannot provide security, states must look out for themselves o States must look out for their own security (self-help) o States therefore worry about power o States are rational actors: They have a clear goal (security) that they pursue in a calculated manner  Competition is possible/likely/inevitable o Security competitions ca lead to arms races o Security competitions can lead to confrontations/crises o Security dilemmas can be intense o Security competitions can spiral/escalate; conflict and war  Cooperation is difficult/next to impossible o Uncertainty cannot be eliminated; mistrust is endemic o Security agreements are therefore hard to reach o Even when agreements are reached, states worry about cheating and being vulnerable Variations of Realism  Structural Realism- structure predetermines results  Neorealism- the international system generates a general tendency towards competition  Offensive Realism- everyone wants to maximize power and pursue hegemony. Conflict is inevitable.  Defensive Realism- states seek security. They can cooperate, it depends on the intensity of the security dilemmas  Motivational Realism- motives/goals or states vary. Greedy vs. Needy states Realism: Assessments  Realists focus on classic, central issues in International Affairs o Great power relations; occurrence of security competitions, arms races, escalating crises, armed conflicts and wars  Don’t have much to say on international institutions o Institutions don’t matter when security is at stake  Realistic formulations have been developed for intra-state conflicts o When a state weakens, the situation becomes anarchic o Ethnic groups start to look out for their own security Liberalism: Propositions  Liberalism in domestic vs. international affairs o Domestic- focuses on the role of the state o International- focuses on promotion of cooperation/order  Liberalism in international affairs o Anarchy in the international system can be dampened o Competition/conflict/war are not inevitable o Cooperation can be effectively promoted o Some kinds of states are more likely to promote cooperation o States are not the only important actors in the system Liberalism: Variations  Political o International Institutions can promote cooperation and dampen conflict: by promotion of information-sharing/transparency, stable expectations, mechanisms for reciprocity, mechanisms for the peaceful resolution of disputes o Democracies are less likely to go to war; democracies are less likely to go to war with each other (democratic peace theory)  Economic o Trade, financial, and economic interdependence make cooperation more beneficial; they also make conflict more expensive and, therefore, less likely  Social o Person-to-person, country-to-country contacts can promote understanding and reduce conflict 9.15.2016 Liberalism: Assessments  Liberals are generally more optimistic than realists o States have common interests, not just security conflicts o Mechanisms exist to promote/reinforce cooperation and the peaceful resolution of disputes o International agreements and institutions can help to promote transparency, trust, patterns of cooperation  Not a panacea o International organizations (League of Nations, UN) can’t provide absolute security guarantees o Economic interdependence was substantial in 1914 o Democracies can be belligerent o Close contacts aren’t necessarily peace-producing Marxism: Context  Industrial Revolution in Europe in the 1800s o Transformation of economic production, society o Private ownership of industry o Emergence of a large, working class in industry o Growth in economic inequalities and inequities  Owners/wealth vs. workers/hardship; exploitation  Major Works o The Communist Manifesto (Marx, 1848) o Das Kapital (Marx, 1867) o Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism (Lenin, 1917) Marxism: Propositions  Actors and Interests o Economic classes are key, not states o Economic interests are more important than political/security interests’ politics is function of economics  System-Level View o Capitalism depends on the exploitation of workers locally o Capitalism depends on expansion/imperialism globally  Theory of Change o Expectation that exploitation of workers (the proletariat) would lead to social unrest/revolution/ and the establishment of egalitarian/socialist/communist systems o Expectation that world would more inexorably in this one direction (historicism) Marxism: 20 Century  Revolution did not occur as predicted  Communist states were not benign o Internally- the establishment of communist dictatorships and the horrors of collectivization o Externally- towards neighbors/others  Capitalist/Democratic states were cooperators o Capitalist interdependence contributed to capitalist peace  Communist states re-embraced capitalism o Capitalism has become the world’s dominant economic system o Many now say that Marxism is dead and completely irrelevant Marxism: Relevance of the Issues  Economic factors/forces still matter o Production/movements of goods/services/capital still key o Economic power is still key to political power  Dependency Theory o Helps to explain development problems/inequalities  Capitalism is more global than ever o Capitalism still generates huge inequalities in wealth/power o Capitalism still is not good at self-regulation or providing common goods o Important to understand the driving forces behind this o Important to devise policy actions: global economic regulation/governance is a key issue in the 21 century Constructivism: Propositions  Shift form material to ideational/social factors  Keys: Ideas, values, norms, identifies, and cultures o Influential in shaping international behavior o “Anarchy Is what states make of it” (Welch) o Also influential in bringing about international change o “Intersubjective meanings” change due to social interactions  Actors: Transnational activists and NGOs o They put new ideas on the international agenda o They promote new norms, identities, culture, and international belief systems (normative entrepreneurs) Constructivism: Assessments  Examples of progress o International views towards slavery o Norm against using nuclear weapons; ban on land mines o Anti-militarism in Japan, pluralistic security community in EU o ‘Responsibility to Protect’ vs. state sovereignty o Human rights, feminism, environmentalism o Bad ideas/values/norms can spread as well  Prospects for systemic change o Information revolution enhances the dissemination of ideas, values, norms, identities, cultures o Information revolution may enhance the importance of constructivism in the 21 century Feminism: Context  Problems in existence since the dawn of time o 1900- Women could only vote in New Zealand o 1916- Women could only vote in 5 countries o 1920- Women could vote in the USA  Problems on the policy agenda only recently o 1975- Start of UN International Women’s Decade o 1979- UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) o 1995- UN Conference on Status of Women (in Beijing) o 2000- UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; UN Millennium Development Goals o 2010- UN Women (consolidates/elevates UN programs) Feminism: Propositions  Gender has been (and is) a fundamentally important aspect of human relations  Gender structures power at every level o Social, organizational, economic, political o Local, state, international  Feminism is not limited to women o Growing focus on gender o Gender includes everyone, especially in terms of being part of the solution  Gender is central to understanding the classic issues o Power, war and peace, conflict and cooperation  Gender agenda is broader than great-power politics o Poverty and development, education, health, environment o Equality and inequality, human rights and justice o Human security  Gender activists (NGOs, transnational networks) o Have been key in expanding the agenda o Sub-state actors and international organizations, not states Feminism: Priorities  Gender equality o Equal rights, opportunities, protections, outcomes  Gender empowerment o Power is fundamental o Power in all spheres: political, economic, social, military  Gender balancing o Equal participation/power in all walks of life, at all levels  Gender mainstreaming o Establishing gender as a central, constant, normal, legitimate, policy priority o A priority not just for NGO activists, but for governments o Global mainstreaming: Not just here and there, but globally- high- income, emerging, and low-income countries Feminism: Assessments  Progress to date: the glass is not even half full  Agenda-setting: necessary but not sufficient  Gender mainstreaming: just getting started  Resource allocation: essential- more money necessary  Gender balancing: o Will be key to making/sustaining progress o Gender equality will entail a fundamental change in national/global balancing of power o Unlikely that “the establishment” will be champions for change in the status quo. Gender balances will be needed. Why all of this matters?  Theories influence: o Agenda setting o Information processing o Option-selection  Policymakers and citizens are guided by theories of how the world works- whether we know it or not o Better to be explicit, clear, precise about our theories o Important to be aware of how our belief systems shape our thinking/actions


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