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Political Science
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POLB81H3
Professor
Wiafe- Amaoko

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POLB81 GLOBAL ISSUES AND GOVERNANCE
Part II: International Cooperation
Week 4: International Organizations (Feb 8)
Readings: Mearsheimer’s “The False Promise of International Institutions.”; Bolton’s “Should We
Take Global Governance Seriously?”
Midterm:
Definitions: concept + significance/how it relates to broader themes in course/link to readings
and inclu. Author or main theorist) + example. choose 5/10 from textbook and lectures
short answer/essay (3-4 pages) questions related to tutorials
ex. mercantilism changes in int’l structure of trade in Krasner’s readings..
ex. Krasner + Gilpin
ex. What did _(author/theorist)__ argue/talk about?
Hint: Krasner + mearsheimer
Bolton’s -- americanist vs.
Mearsheimer
- Great scholar
- In great controversy
- Argues that American foreign policy shaped and driven by pro-Israeli lobby (very
controversial); they said this lobby lead U.S. into Iraq
- American national interest structured to be same as Israeli national interest
What is the context?
- 1994/1995
- Post-CW; end of CW was around 1989-91
- America emerged as superpower after CW
- Talked about Bill Clinton and politicians that wanted to extend NATO to eastern Europe
to maintain international stability; U.S. debate on international institutions
Mearsheimer’s goal in this article:
- Do int’l institutions promote peace?
o Ex. NATO, EU, UN, AU, ASEAN, MERCOSU?
o Identifies two approaches/answers to this question:
Realist NO (M is a realist)
Institutionalist YES; M says there are 3 types:
Liberal-institutionalism
Collective security
Critical theory
(Bias in syllabus toward realism approach)
Bolton is fairly critical on institutionalist theories
What is an Institutionalism?
- Prescribe acceptable forms of behaviour
- proscribe unacceptable behaviour

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POLB81 GLOBAL ISSUES AND GOVERNANCE Part II: International Cooperation Week 4: International Organizations (Feb 8) Readings: Mearsheimer’s “The False Promise of International Institutions.”; Bolton’s “Should We Take Global Governance Seriously?” Midterm: Definitions: concept + significance/how it relates to broader themes in course/link to readings and inclu. Author or main theorist) + example. choose 5/10 – from textbook and lectures short answer/essay (3-4 pages) – questions related to tutorials ex. mercantilism – changes in int’l structure of trade in Krasner’s readings.. ex. Krasner + Gilpin ex. What did _(author/theorist)__ argue/talk about? Hint: Krasner + mearsheimer Bolton’s -- americanist vs. Mearsheimer - Great scholar - In great controversy - Argues that American foreign policy shaped and driven by pro-Israeli lobby (very controversial); they said this lobby lead U.S. into Iraq - American national interest structured to be same as Israeli national interest What is the context? - 1994/1995 - Post-CW; end of CW was around 1989-91 - America emerged as superpower after CW - Talked about Bill Clinton and politicians that wanted to extend NATO to eastern Europe to maintain international stability; U.S. debate on international institutions Mearsheimer’s goal in this article: - Do int’l institutions promote peace? o Ex. NATO, EU, UN, AU, ASEAN, MERCOSU? o Identifies two approaches/answers to this question:  Realist – NO (M is a realist)  Institutionalist – YES; M says there are 3 types:  Liberal-institutionalism  Collective security  Critical theory (Bias in syllabus t
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