Intervention – Ron Paul (Analogy of Oil in Texas)
Domestic affairs should be handled & shouldn’t be intervened in
Interest in intervention?
Texas (Why use Texas)
o Power relations
o Economics & Budget
o Is Ron Paul naïve? No, you have to deal with power & interests and have to set
up bases to protect interests.
o Securitizing topics and issues
o The idea is that you project others as a security threat when you may not be.
o The cause of terrorism in this perspective is US intervention overseas. Root of
terrorism and fear of terrorism is foreign policy meddling.
Flipping the tables in identity
o Iraqi ‘terrorists’ similar to US ‘terrorists’
o Constructivists and post-structuralists critical approach in terms of framing
o Paul is trying to argue that we should reconsider who the enemy is
There’ also seems to be a challenge to the belief that the Americans are doing good
o Because American’s wouldn’t accept foreign troops in their lands
o Perpetuation and what will later be reflected
o Whether or not people know or understand what is right or wrong and what is
seen as socially acceptable
o How do you decide what is right and wrong
Are there practices which we don’t agree with
o Transnational advocacy networks
Weak actors within a state are helped from powerful actors outside to
support things like women’s rights.
Could challenge Paul on this point?
o It’s not that intervention is necessarily bad (prof), if there’s a middle ground
where intervention is necessary. Often done very slowly, and sometimes the
problems that are created through intervention are almost as bad as the causes
that led to the intervention in the first place.
o Unless intervention is effective, shouldn’t be doing it.
Bad actors may use poor interventions for their purpose as well
Appeal to patriotism and comparison to Rome
1. Complexity of the problem, making sure that you put the alternative perspective on
the paper, when challenging it.
1. Particular readings (Ayers) a. Course is not taught from textbook to best indication is Lecture notes and in
b. Readings offer up elaboration on these points, so do need to know the readings in
order to cite the readings (at least one reading PER lecture).
c. Case studies
2. How would you describe the relationship between the Global north and the Global
a. Complex, disadvantageous to the South – Migration, bilateral trade agreements,
i. Alternative to the weak nature of the Global South? (The global south
has reaped the benefits of the global North…Benefit from international
regimes? Rise of the South, in terms of benefits being reaped in the