POLB80: Lecture 6
IR Forum: US Presidential debate: Is the United States electing the president of the
world? Why do we care about the election?
Liberal perspective – looks like the debate is promoting democratic peace ideas.
Promoting the right kind of leader.
Constructivist – They are actively promote ideas and discourses, they have a
greater voice on creating the context.
There are no realists, constructivist, or Liberal states.
Foreign policy are always are malleable, they focus on particular details and tells us IR
models to explain things.
Comparative advantage – why should it matter what countries own?
Autalky – produce everything in your own domestic country
There is a global economy but we also have an international system and these things
don’t always fit nicely together.
A lot of the concerns would say MNCs are actually routed in the international system
but really these actors have loyalty to their home country. They’re not really global
actors and really national actors. Therefore, in realist perspective – how do you protect
your interest and increase your security?
Another theory is that MNCs are actually global actors. They would go to where money
is- the movement of goods and capital. These two theories can change.
Policy Brief assignment: three parts of the assignment: executive summary
(introductory)- 1 paragraph, summarize the advice that you will give the next president.
Start off with a punch line. “Mr. President I think you should do this...” Your support for
that contention. Part 2: general summary in what’s happening this fall and general
background, not only with the campaigns, but climate change, what’s been happening in
global negotiation, where we at etc. Part 2: summarize the two campaigns. If they don’t
have a standing point, summarize that. Finally, the “advice”. Restate the executive
summary and say why. The advice must be justified on your theoretical understanding
of world politics. They should tell you why it’s a good goal. “US-China relations”, your
textbook should help, the reference should help. You are not required to do external
research. In general, you don’t have to quote common knowledge.
Continuation of the growth of international relations and practice using them. The range
of subtopics of international relations will help you for IR courses.
International security – What do you think of?
Dominance of Peace (Goal),
Democracy (Democratic Peace), Balance of Power.
The agenda of international security is big but before it was small and was about
national security. It was about states fighting and how to prevent states from fighting.
Ex. “US vs. USSR”. International security evolved.
Questions on international security: What needs protecting? From what threats?
Protected by whom?
Traditional international security equated with national security. Traditional
International security: Protecting the states from other states. States are responsible in
State is not the only thing that needs protecting. We can expand. Threats can expand,
terrorism, environmental threats, human security etc. It should be people that need to
be protected. It changes the threats, states can be the threats.
Protected by whom: states, but we have non-state actors that protect us too. None of
these things are mutually exclusive.
Who are the objects of security? Move to traditional to modern.
Traditionally in international security, most IR theory is because of war. IR tries to solve
the problem of war and peace. The first IR came in 1919. They try to figure what causes
war to at least ending war or preventing wars.
Inter-state war has not gone away.
What is war? – Organized political violence between representatives of states:
Internally and external-rule-based. War is not chaos. There are rules to war. There are
rules in going to war, and when it’s appropriate to fight. There are rules on how to
conduct yourselves in war. Do these rules matter? Rules have been changed as time
goes by. It used to be legitimate to go to war for power, money, wealth, and conquest.
This is not expected anymore. People don’t go to wa