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2nd hr - intro lecture

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Department
History
Course Code
HIS103Y1
Professor
Vasilis Dimitriadis

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Monday, May 16, 2011 HIS103Y1 Prof. V. Dimitriadis Lecture 1 - On Statecraft and Strategy What is the primary purpose of the state? states act like living organisms its main purpose is to ensure its own survival the state will defend us only so we can pay our taxes regardless of its political nature (it makes absolutely no sense what party is in power) its goal will always be its own survival we are only the means to that goal Lecture 1 - On Statecraft and Strategy Broad picture of what Statecraft and Strategy are: What is the primary purpose of the state? states act like living organisms its main purpose is to ensure its own survival the state will defend us only so we can pay our taxes regardless of its political nature (it makes absolutely no sense what party is in power) its goal will always be its own survival we are only the means to that goal How does a state achieve their survival? by adhering its own national interests by adhering to its national security national interests means its long term interest it is then used to justify its own foreign policy what sort of attitude do you take when you formulate your own policy? you have to have a realistic (real politic) approach to judge what it should be national security by and large focused on immediate health, security of state, and independence back in the 17th century you had to guarantee your own borders as long as you were able to maintain your borders you could ensure your sovereignty now: security of aerial space is just as crucial e.g. WWII: airspace security was important (as whole states could be wiped out with an air strike) three modern elements of national security: land, sea, and air Statecraft a.k.a. diplomacy is the first line of defense in negotiations - what do you need? www.notesolution.com
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