POL208Y1 Lecture Notes - Unconditional Surrender, The Strongest, Normandy Landings

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Published on 19 Jun 2012
School
UTSG
Department
Political Science
Course
POL208Y1
Introduction to Politics of International Relations
Tuesday May 15, 2012
Uncertainty key feature of international relations
True also for CIA, prime minister, white house, etc.
They take an educated guess
Most important thing we have to remember for today is uncertainty
If you are a decision maker uncertainty means miscalculations
60 years ago uncertainty would have meant fear- fear of being attacked
Fear is what drives most policies
Uncertainty is also ignorance on the meaning of a speech or an action
We have countries with different everything and they don’t share the same understanding
of what human rights means
They have to find a common meaning
Globalization second theme of the course
It is about connection between different entities
The world is interconnected
They are so intertwined so the only thing they have is to cooperate
They cannot afford competition
Homeland defense department
We are living in the shadow of 9/11 and what happens after 9/11
20 years ago it was about how we can promote democracy
In Africa it’s about functioning state
First week assignment- June 5th- 15%
Two midterms- 20% each
Take home essay- 25%
First midterm short answer and essay
And second midterm is essay
Trying to better understand a decision or an event:
3 fundamental events
- Decision to drop the job in 45 against japan
- Fall of berlin wall
- Attack on 9/11
August 5, 1945 the states dropped a bomb in two places in japan
That was the first and last time a nuclear weapon was used
It ended World War 2 and changed the world forever
One air craft was as strong as 200 before
The president had to make a decision made on ignorance
They had a tool that would end the war
Invasion of japan means you don’t have to repeat the level of causalities for D day for
japan
It’s about saving American lives
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True also for cia, prime minister, white house, etc. Most important thing we have to remember for today is uncertainty. If you are a decision maker uncertainty means miscalculations. 60 years ago uncertainty would have meant fear- fear of being attacked. Uncertainty is also ignorance on the meaning of a speech or an action. We have countries with different everything and they don"t share the same understanding of what human rights means. They are so intertwined so the only thing they have is to cooperate. We are living in the shadow of 9/11 and what happens after 9/11. 20 years ago it was about how we can promote democracy. Trying to better understand a decision or an event: Decision to drop the job in 45 against japan. August 5, 1945 the states dropped a bomb in two places in japan. That was the first and last time a nuclear weapon was used.

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