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University of Toronto Scarborough
Political Science
Francis Wiafe- Amoako

Week 7 Lecture Notes 10272011 71000 AM Many civil wars post Cold War because US didnt ensure internal stability in foreign countries Feminist approaches to International Relations Difference feminism Values the unique contributions of women as women y Sees women as more effective in conflict resolution And group decision making y There are real differences between the genders that go beyond social constructionLiberal Feminism y Rejects the essential differences between male and female abilities ie men and women are equal y Argue against the exclusion of women from positions of power y Do not believe including women would change the nature of international system y Prefer to see women operation outside gender rolePostmodern feminism y Rejects the stands of both difference and liberal feminism and assumes a middle ground arbitrariness and flexibility Gender in War and peace y Margret Thatcher 19791990Iron Lady Went to war to recover Falkland Islands from Argentina in 1982 y Indira Gandhi India Led war against Pakistan in 1971 which led to the creation of Bangladesh 1974 India exploded its first nuclear warhead y Golda Meir Israel 19691974 Led war against Egypt and Syria in 1973Rationality Rational Theory of Choice y Maximization of Benefits y Does not mean sane or in careful thought out manner y A person or actor reasons before taking action y An actor balances costs against benefits in taking actions
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