POL208Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Democratic Peace Theory, Perpetual Peace, Henry Kissinger

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Key elements of last week- states, anarchy, survival, security and/or power, self-help is fundamental to achieving these goals of security and power. Liberals- there"s not a lot of conflict among nations. Claim that you can overcome and mitigate anarchy. Not necessarily bleak: what the liberal agenda is, how it relates to ir, what the liberals say. The state is the guardian of fundamental freedoms. Liberal state creates inst to enforce these protections, checks and balances, the due process of law, protection of minorities. Form of liberal states can be quite different- laissez- faire, to monarchy, to capitalism, to presidentialism- in essence, the core of all is the guardian of your liberties against undue influence. A world of moderation and self-restraint, forced to settle disputes through inst. Problem is about the projection of that into the realm of foreign affairs. The logic of liberalism is one of the weak individual protected against the mighty.

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