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Week 6 (September 25-30) - International Relations

by: Ricardo Rauseo

Week 6 (September 25-30) - International Relations INR2001

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These notes cover what we saw on Week 6: The Imperial System and its lasting effects
Introduction to International Relations
Zachary Selden
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Ricardo Rauseo on Friday September 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to INR2001 at University of Florida taught by Zachary Selden in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 8 views.


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Date Created: 09/30/16
Monday, September 26, 2016  Examples of conflict and cooperation? Mutually exclusive?  Anarchy o It is important because of the schools of thought in INR  RealismOldest school of thought o You better be powerful or ally yourself with powers that are strong o Balance of power  Not taking into account what goes inside states or between individuals o Structural realism  Zero-sumYour loss is my gain  Conflict is the basic reality of international relations  Liberal o International environment is anarchic o Economical perspective o But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it o At the end of the day people gain from cooperation o The solution is to create institutions where people can cooperate in  Mitigating the anarchy… o It doesn’t all rely on who has the power, it goes beyond that o In a democratic state, the government solves their problems cooperatively  If the democratic state wants to go to war, it has to convince the people of getting involved in it  Authoritarian leaders don’t have that constraint  Constructivism o You are assuming under this idea that there is anarchy o You are asking yourself the wrong questions o Things are fluid and flexible, not everything is given o Sociological perspective o Rooted in the idea of anarchy is what we chose to make of it  Doesn’t have to be anything, everything around us is a social construction o Things don’t stay statics, they are constructed and they change o Aspects of identity might arise in different times  Game Theory – Prisoner’s Dilemma o Analogy to states working in an anarchic environment  Where they can’t trust each other  Sub-optimal outcome  Levels of analysis o Systemic  State system  Balance of Power  Alliances o Domestic  Democratic/Authoritarian  History  Why states do what they do?  Character  Make up o Individual  The state doesn’t run on itself  There is people behind it  Need to understand people  Human psychology  Backgrounds of leaders  For their decision taking  Peace of WestphaliaEnding 30 years’ war o Sovereignty  What happens inside the borders of the state? That’s up to the leadership of the state  No conflicting authority, no one else can tell you what to do.  Napoleonic Era  Concert of Europe o They realized the problems that lead up to it:  You can intervene in other states because you want to put down revolutionary movements  We have to make sure France is never a problem again o Truly conservative o Recognized that they had to meet regularly to keep this values  It was the first time they did that o New powers arise, the environment is not static  Germany and Italy unify  There is a change in the balance of power o Shift in technology, in communication o Bismarck makes it so Germany doesn’t seem threatening to other states  But that doesn’t last after he leaves  WWI and League of Nations o It was thought that it was a unipolar system where the U.S. was on top o The U.S. was being taken aback and tried to go back to normalcy leading to WWII o League of nations wasn’t that very effective  States wouldn’t agree on things o It wasn’t unipolar because the U.S. didn’t want to act on it  More multipolar


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