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Western University
Political Science
Political Science 2231E
Erika Simpson

Lecture 1 PowerPower is arguably the most important concept in international relations and politicsPower is the capacity to control or influence the behaviours of others Most important thing of power is distribution If A influences or controls B to do something X how do we know A caused B to do XMaybe power is the ability of A to get B to take the Action Xminus the probability that B would take Action X anyways o It is difficult to measure power and influenceOld focus was upon tangible factors that can be measures eg Territory nuclear weapons natural resources Tangible Sources of PowerMilitary Capabilities o Nuclear weapons delivery systems such as ICBMS MIRVs cruise missiles o Google Janes Defence Weekly o Armaments Disarment and International SecuritySIPRI year is an annual compendium of data and analysis in the areas of Security Conflicts Milit
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