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PS 326 Week 4 Lecture Notes - Expansionism and Underextension

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PS 326 Week 4 Lecture Notes - Expansionism and Underextension PS 326

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Week 4 Lecture Notes on Trubowitz's Theory of Executive Choice regarding Expansionism and Underextension
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Date Created: 04/25/15
PS 326 US Foreign Policy Week 4 Lecture Notes Expansionary and Underextension Strategies Whv do States Choose Expansionarv Grand Strategies 0 When geopolitical slack is high guns are preferred over butter 0 For offensive realists anarchy compels states to maximize relative power 0 For defensive realists states expand when they feel threatened 0 Trubowitz s Theory of Geopolitical Slack states expand when security is abundant and the partisan coalition prefers guns over butter What is Expansionism I When states expand national claims on the international system by O O O O O Asserting territorial claims Establishing colonial governments imperialism Claiming sphere of in uence Undertaking wars of conquest Creating binding international institutions I Usually at the conclusion of a war I Victor wants to maintain their power by creating new institutions I Cheaper than direct dominance of other states Asserting Territorial Claims I Senkaku Con ict islands between Taiwan Japan and China 0 Both Japan and China claim the islands are within their territory 0 Strategic because of shipping lanes if China claims islands they will expand their in uence into global trade in the area Claiming Spheres of In uence 0 After the Soviet Union fell Russia continued to try to in uence politics of surrounding states 0 Many formally Soviet countries have high percentages of ethnically Russian people 0 Russia claims it speaks for ethnic Russians in all areas Undertaking Wars of Conguest 0 Napoleon tried to expand the French Empire over majority of Europe 0 Japan invaded China Korea and Philippines during WWII Binding International Institutions 0 The League of Nations Wilson s initiative after WI 0 A collective security organization if any state in the league was attacked all other members were supposed to defend the attacked state 0 Many Americans were opposed felt they were getting trapped into European politics 0 The League of Nations failed but served as a template for post WWII organizations World Bank IMF and United Nations James Monroe 0 Elected right after War of 1812 0 Federalists were opposed to the War of 1812 essentially dissolved after the war lost favor with American people 0 Era of decreased party con ict 0 Monroe led only real party at the time Republicans 0 Henry Clay promoted the American System reducing international trade and encouraging domestic trade 0 Increasing tariffs 0 MidAtlantic region s manufacturers could raise prices and west got more infrastructure due to increased federal revenue 0 Included the National Pike railroad 0 South and Northeast regions were opposed 0 Didn t benefit from creation of new roads and relied heavily on trade with Europe 0 Monroe built coalition based on the South and Northeast undertook expansionary policies 0 1819 AdamsOnis treaty gave them Florida and significant chunk of Western territory 0 Monroe Doctrine Europe needed to stay out of Western Hemisphere O Worried about Spain reasserting control in the West due to the South American revolutions O Relied on Britain s naval power Britain wanted to prevent other powers from gaining ground in the West as well McKinley 0 Began expanding and claiming territories for the US mostly islands 0 After US had expanded to modern territory there were still expansionary sentiments as well as economic benefits to expansion 0 Spain was losing its power in the west 0 Yellow journalism 0 Pulitzer and Hearst newspaper owners were coming up with more and more sensational stories of human rights violations in Spain 0 Democrats were opposed to expansion 0 Republicans benefited from the naval buildup 0 Money went to Republican regions an more jobs for northern workers which led to more votes for Republican Strategic Underextension 0 Realpolitik and Innenpolitik both tend to overpredict expansionism 0 For realists when relative power increases international ambitions increase 0 Often relative power isn t accompanied by revisionist Grand Strategies 0 Restrained Grand Strategies 0 Isolationism O Retrenchment decreasing military expenditures and scaling back foreign commitments When States Will Choose Restraint 0 Offensive realists believe it is only a strategy taken by foolish or irrational leaders 0 Defensive realists believe states will choose restraint when they are not being threatened 0 Trubowitz s theory lines up more with defensive realism 0 When geopolitical slack is high and party in power prefers butter over guns Concept of Partisan Coalition 0 Parties are composed of factions representing different interests 0 Benefit of investing in guns over butter varies geographically some regions benefit more than others 0 Some states get 410 of GDP from military spending more likely to vote Republican 0 More of a guns vs butter spectrum than direct tradeoff 0 Republicans more of a guns party democrats more of a butter party 0 Some exceptions for example libertarian republicans want to dramatically reduce military spending Martin Van Buren 0 President during depression and financial crisis but no geopolitical challenger 0 Support drawn from various groups around the country 0 Rarer used military refused efforts to modernize and nationalize military forces 0 Political rebellions against Britain occurring in Canada but Van Buren made it clear the US would remain neutral in the con ict 0 Because of highly sectional political coalition Van Buren tried to avoid making major decisions around foreign policy 0 Both factions supported guns over butter but for different policies 0 Had opportunity to expand into new territory especially Texas but chose not to Herbert Hoover 0 Won presidency easily due to prosperity of the 1920s but the Great Depression broke out in 1929 0 US had been involved in the affairs of Latin American countries could have expanded into that region but did not 0 Withdrew military presence in the region 0 Also could have reacted to Japan invading Manchuria but didn t 0 There were pressures within the party to limit US international trade relations 0 Promoted small increases in tariffs due to falling price of agricultural goods worldwide 0 Both parties at the time favored butter over guns 0 International expansion wasn t really an option due to economic decline 0 Hoover followed policy of retrenchment


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