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May 10 th Fifty key thinkers in international relations Caul von Clausewitz (1781- 1831) War is ugly and brutal. Amoral – ignore morality and ethics. Ex.You must always finish your enemy when u have the chance Ethics and morality do not play a role in extosential war—the survival of a society BUT if it is a limited war (minor conflicts) there should be ethics and morale Hans J. Morgenthau (1904-1980) Wrote the books “politics amongst nations”  the most known and popular modern realist  states the major assumptions of the realists 1. the science of politics Modern realists assume politics is a science because it is based on laws that are unchanging (Universal loaws of politics—the understanding of human nature) Note. Hans is pessimistic about human nature Thomas Hobbes 2. the nations state(the principle actor) The state is the most important because it controls the principle instruments of violence. Ex the military, bombs nuclear weapons 3. Unitary Rational Actor A united voice National Intrest Raison de tat 4. The international system is anarchic This means that the international system has no meaningful higher authority to regulate it. Controversy: T
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