Political Science POLS-Y 219 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Al-Qaeda, Peloponnesian War

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Realism: morgan though (someone"s name): war is inherent in human nature, mereshiemer (in article): no talk of human nature, balance of power is cause for war. Do they link their judgment right wrong following rules/ ethically. They focus on the consequences and results. President carter was not good with foreign policy. The national interest - realists evaluate leaders on this, national interest is far more important to them than the global humanity. Athens is a strong power in war with sparta. Worried about a little island called melos. Athenian diplomat: while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must. Melians find it unfair and still wants peace. Diplomat: surrender peacefully and quickly or you can resist and then we"ll invade and conquer. Melians find it unfair and do not surrender. Athens conquers melians: what matters is power and force, what is the balance of power and can you take care of yourself.

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