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Department
Political Science
Course
POL208Y1
Professor
Nathalie Fournier
Semester
Fall

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Reading Log #1 Oct 15 : Rational Choice Reading #1: The Security Dilemma: Armament and Disarmament 1. The main thesis the authors stated is that “a tragic flaw of the formally anarchic state system is the requirement for self-help often leads to what has become the security dilemma”. 2. In the reading I found myself agreeing with the concept of the Prisoner’s Dilemma. The authors did a very good job in comparing a basic example of the prisoner’s dilemma and then providing the reader an international relation example; The Cold War between USA and Soviet Union. Specifically how to overcome the dilemma. I agree that in order to achieve a mutual cooperation, one side needs to take a risk even though they may find themselves in a disadvantageous position. 3. I rate this reading a
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