International Relations Notebook

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Political Science
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POLS 051
Michelle Commercio

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Introduction: January 17 I. What is International Relations? A. Subfield of political science B. Study of how states interact with one another C. Uses empirical questions 1. Does not ask “should” questions, only “why”  Should the US have gone to war with Iraq?  Why did the US go to war with Iraq? D. Security Studies versus International Political Economy Studies 1. Security: deals with questions of peace and war 2. IPES: deals with questions of the international economy 3. These two subfields are related. E. Realism/Liberalism 1. Realism: international system itself is comprised of states constantly struggling to attain, preserve, and protect power  War is inevitable 2. Liberalism: while states want power, they also want cooperation 3. Neither of these views is 100% accurate, this is merely a lens through with one can analyze political events. II. Haas “Age of Non-polarity” Reading A. Thesis: 1. We have moved from a unipolar to a nonpolar system since the Cold War  One power no longer projects dominance over other countries. 2. Non-polarity is bad, for the US and planet as whole B. Background Info: 1. Multi-polarity: there is a number of states/blocks of states exerting most power in international political system  Until WWII, Multi-polar  WWII-End of Cold War, Dual-polarity  USA & USSR  Now, Nonpolar  US is losing its ability to project power/influence C. 6 Major Powers of Non-polarity: 1. USA 2. China 3. India 4. European Union 5. Japan 6. Russia D. Why has Uni-polarity ended? 1. Began with the collapse of USSR at the end of the Cold War, when Russia lagged behind the US economically.  (Until Putin got their shit together later)  USA Ruled! 2. Integration & Globalization  has lead the US to be more dependent on foreign states  Oil Dependence  Many manifestations of globalization are beyond the scope of what states can control.  Power of individual, sovereign state, including US, has decreased. 3. America‟s image has been tarnished by actions abroad  Especially since 9/11.  George W. Bush :p  Obama has tried to make us seem more like a power, willing to intervene with cooperation of our allies. 4. Military‟s Flaws  Our military is overstretched, with too many projects going on in too many places  There‟s a lot going on, but we‟re not doing too well at any one of them.  Our military, while technologically advanced and well-funded, is unprepared to deal with new types of conflict  Urban warfare (Israel)  Mountains of Pakistan 5. All of these hinder the US‟ ability to lead in the event of an international crisis. 6. The rise of non-state actors as influences also leads to non- polarity  Al-Shibob. E. Why are there no credible challenges to American power? 1. There is no clear need to challenge this power/predisposition to lead  Fundamentally, none of the other 5 powers are strong enough to challenge this 2. There is no incentive to challenge the US  The US governs the international system  No one wants to be alienated from this system. Isolated states tend to struggle. 3. The US still has economic and military power 4. China, India, and Japan all exert major economic (manufacturing) power 5. Russia has economic power in its superior natural resources  Exports oil, gas, and weapons/military equipment III. Brzezinski “From Hope to Audacity” Reading A. Thesis: 1. The way in which the US deals with these foreign issues will determine its standing in the future B. 2 Elements of Foreign Policy Making: 1. Establish Goals & Decision-Making Procedures 2. Making & Implementing Policies 3. IN US: internal dissent and bureaucratic obstacles slow and complicate this process  Bipartisan System  Tends toward polarization, not consensus  Balance of Power  Congress & President  Foreign Lobbyists  Wield enormous amounts of power C. Three Urgent Problems: 1. Arab/Israeli Conflict  Since founding of Israel, the US has had a strong relationship with the nation  There is a clear need for a moderator in this conflict 2. Iran  The defense of Israel against a nuclear Iran  Has capability to enrich Uranium  High potential to develop nuclear weapons, which would destabilize region and violate international “non-proliferation” norm that no additional nation can acquire nuclear weapons  Sanctions have been used  Flawed because this targets citizens, not the regime 3. Afghani/Pakistani Conflict  Containing Taliban  Since ousted from power in Afghanistan, it has re- risen in influence there.  It also has a strong presence in Pakistan  US wants to help these gov‟ts in controlling the Taliban  This also thus requires aid in attaining political stability 4. These issues will remain at the forefront of US foreign policy for a long time. Actors in the International System: January 22 I. Intergovernmental Organizations A. Definition: an organization consisting solely of states, dedicated to a specific purpose. Members join voluntarily in pursuit of this interest. Membership often provides benefits. B. Liberals argue that IGOs promote peace and inter-state cooperation and are vital. C. Realists argue that these are a means a lobbying for power and largely unimportant. D. Examples: 1. United Nations 2. European Union  Economic integration will lead to greater cooperation on more sensitive issues 3. World Bank  Economic alliance 4. International Monetary Fund  Economic alliance 5. NATO  Security alliance 6. World Trade Organization  Econ alliance promoting free trade 7. World Health Organization E. Federalism: 1. Domestic Definition: the way in which a particular state is organized- power is decentralized, with an overarching federal system and smaller local units with specific areas of authority/jurisdiction. F. Functionalism: The main cause of war is a lack of economic development. 1. If economic issues are addressed by an IGO, that cooperation can spill over into political cooperation.  Integration generates cooperation 2. Measured by poverty, infant mortality, life expectancy, etc. G. Collective Good: this is unowned, but impacts many states; actions related to this are interconnected, mutual consequences 1. Collective goods often require maintenance  “Free Rider Problem” a state/individual can not contribute to the maintenance and still benefit from its existence.  Example: VPR not donating, with faith that it will continue to exist on other donors, and I can continue to listen for free  “Tragedy of the Commons” each herder acts rationally in their own self interest, everyone does this, and eventually overall deterioration of the field until everyone is worse off.  No higher authority to monitor land use 2. Example: global warming & Kyoto Protocol H. Anarchy: lack of higher governing authority over individual sovereign states. 1. Sovereignty: a state’s right to conduct its own domestic & foreign policies 2. States that exercise too much sovereignty can cause war  Syrian “genocide”  Solution=an IGO to which states sacrifice some sovereignty in exchange for intervention/prevention of escalation of conflict. I. Tasks of IGOs 1. Provide a forum of information exchange  Monitors member states 2. Resolve conflict among members  Socializes states into concept that diplomacy is conducive to cooperation 3. Provide perks for membership  Collective Security  Economic Solidarity 4. Peacekeeping 5. *Provides venue for dialogue, repeated interaction  Builds trust between states over time  Fosters communication skills  **Foundation for solving crises. 6. Serves as equalizer between states  Each member nation has a recognized voice II. Kupchan “NATO‟s Final Frontier” Reading A. Thesis: NATO should offer membership to Russia 1. In NATO‟s strategic interests  Wealth of oil, gas, precious metals  Increased geopolitical and economic power  Military power  Better relationship with nations in conflict that Russia is aligned with.  Prevents Russian formation of alternative security alliance  Integrate potential adversary. 2. Russia does not want to join.  Joining would mean sacrificing a good relationship with eastern nations from which it economically benefits.  Iran, Syria, North Korea, etc.  Putin is picky about western integration  Only wants benefits, not to lose sovereignty B. NATO has not redefined itself since its foundation as security against soviet expansion 1. NATO has two conflicting goals  Collective Security: an attack against one is an attack against all.  Members are bound to provide security to each other from external forces/attacks  Who is the enemy now?  Non-state enemies (militias, terrorist orgs)  Collective Defense: defending members from tensions/hostilities between members.  Prevents inter-member war Actors in International System, ctd.:January 24 I. Nongovernmental Organizations A. An organization independent of any particular government. 1. Private 2. Dedicated to a specific issue 3. Transnational (active all over world) 4. Unconstrained by any state‟s laws. 5. Rely more heavily on „soft power‟- lack resources of a government  Militia  Power  Money B. Threaten nations‟ sovereignty, don‟t want to look like they cant provide for the people, delegitimizing C. International Red Cross= first NGO. 1. Citizens had begun to view issues as global, post WWII D. Four types of NGO‟s 1. Multinational Corporation  Not part of government, not associated with a state, have specific interest (make $ for shareholders) 2. Terrorist/Mafia/Drug Cartel Organizations  Raise awareness about an issue, have specific interest. 3. Political Goals 4. Humanitarian Aid Organizations E. What do NGOs do? 1. Use grassroots organizing to mobilize people and impact policymakers. 2. Raise awareness to issues 3. Raise money for certain campaigns/causes 4. Attempt to resolve international/regional/global problems 5. Negotiate with NGOs and governments II. Leiken “The Moderate Muslim Brotherhood” Reading A. It is in American best interests to align itself with the Moderate Muslim Brotherhood, since it is moderate (and limited in its us of jihad) B. Americans should not lump all Muslim organizations as the same and/or extremist. III. The State A. Weber‟s Definition: B. The State vs the Nation: 1. The State: governing body/administrative unit that oversees a region 2. Nation: large group of people that shares commonalities like ethnicities, language, culture, history, religion, etc. Members of this group recognize other members of the group. January 31: Levels of Analysis I. The State- Weber‟s Definition A. Must have monopoly on legitimate use of violence within its borders B. Possession of an administrative legal framework C. Political unit must be contained within internationally recognized borders 1. Can be located on a map II. Great versus Super Powers A. Super powers= states with most power 1. Set rules 2. Today, the US is one of several B. Great Powers= exert enough power in international system to be acknowledged 1. Iran C. Less Powerful 1. Ghana III. Three Levels of Analysis: A. Individual: looks at how individuals influence international politics 1. Can be leaders of states,  Track 1 Diplomacy 2. Or private influential individuals.  Track 2 Diplomacy  Able to do this because of money and influence 3. Realists would say that elites are restricted by anarchy; none of this matters  Compels elites to act in a certain way. B. Domestic: refers to what is going on within a particular state 1. Mass public C. International: see next day‟s class notes. IV. Types of Power: A. Tangible/Hard Power: quantifiable. Economic or military. B. Intangible/Soft Power: unquantifiable. economic unions, social movements, cultural influence. V. Uses of Power A. Diplomacy: Direct communication, dialogue, bargaining, peaceful conflict resolution 1. Preventative: prevents a conflict from escalating 2. Crisis: occurs in midst of a crisis  Cuban Missile Crisis 3. Coercive: B. Sanctions 1. Positive: 2. Negative: restrict trade, etc. often has greater impact on citizenry than on regime. C. Force 1. Compellance: objective of forcing a state to change its behavior, do something  Threat of force can be enough 2. Deterrence: prevention of an action  Mutually Assured Destruction February 5: The International Level I. Saddam’s Delusions (reading from last week) A. Thesis: 1. Saddam was confident that the US would not attack Iraq, mainly because its allies sit on the UN Security Council.  The US did not, in fact, get approval from the council 2. If the US did invade, their efforts would be so laughable that Iraq would kick its ass into next week.  Saddam failed to effectively delegate military activities to qualified individuals, due to his paranoia about a potential coup.  Saddam created a climate of fear, preventing delivery of bad(albeit accurate) news.  For example, about the power of his military II. The International Level A. System: a whole comprised of individual parts; a change in one of these parts may cause a change in other parts. B. International System: an entity comprised of individual states; a change in one state can affect other parts of this system. 1. Example: turmoil in Syria impacts neighboring states  Involvement in conflict  Emigration of refugees 2. Characteristics create this framework:  Anarchy  Polarity 3. Anarchy & Its Consequences:  Anarchy (in terms of international system): Lack of an overarching authority over states  Lack of world government  IGO‟s attempt to monitor state behavior  Consequences:  States‟ behavior depends on behavior of other states  Realists say these are tragic  Liberals believe these are sad, but can be alleviated  Security Dilemma: because anarchy creates a self- help environment, states are constantly fearful of other states (mutually dependent). So, states often take steps to increase their power/security. This causes fear, prompting other states to up their power/security. This generally spirals, and can eventually cause war.  States are Mutually Dependent  Determining if a buildup is offensive or defensive  Shared Commons  States are economically codependent o Resource allocation  Thucydides‟ analysis of Greek city-state interactions 4. Polarity (Realist)  The number of superpowers exerting influence on international system  Establishes hierarchy among states 5. Stratification (Realist)  The unequal distribution of resources among states  Natural Resources  Education & Technology  Financial Capital  Human Capital 6. Interdependence (Liberalism)  Can cause states to interact, despite anarchy.  The consequences of anarchy can be alleviated III. An Agenda for NATO Reading A. Thesis: in order for NATO to develop in the future, it needs to analyze its past accomplishments 1. Facilitating a peaceful end to the Cold War 2. Ended a lot of post-WWII disputes & rebuilt Europe (Marshall Plan)  Europe served as a buffer between the two superpowers  United & made a stronger Europe 3. Defended Europe from USSR during the Cold War  Collective Security: an attack on one is an attack on all. 4. Divided world into three categories: with us, against us, or neutral  Lessened with post Cold War expansion B. Four Challenges 1. Russia: would be good if incorporated, Russia does not want inclusion 2. Afghanistan vs. Pakistan Conflict 3. How it related to new threats, coming from non-state actors  Taliban 4. Reconsideration of Collective Security  Allows states to opt out of collective military response IV. The Compulsive Empire Reading A. Thesis: the war, although attributed to Bush‟s personal characteristics, was actually inevitable regardless of who was leading the US 1. This occurs because it was the hegemon. The US faced no rival challenges 2. Empires need to expand. In national interests of USA  Maintained power by expansion, otherwise another state will. Compulsion to maintain hegemonic status. The Historical Context of Contemporary IR I. The importance of Europe, Greek City States, Roman Empire A. Ancient Greece: 1. Comprised of individual sovereign city-states 2. Behaved very similarly to the way states behave today B. Roman Empire: 1. Very monolithic, massive territory governed by a central authority II. Medieval Europe: feudalism, the church A. Feudalism is decentralized B. The church is the most central player III. European Colonization 15 -19 thCentury A. Britain‟s Role: 1. Place of industrial revolution, gave Britain the powerful economy necessary to expand, Britain needed markets IV. Treaty of Westphalia (1648) A. Independent, sovereign states (equal) B. Territorial integrity of states C. Permanent national militaries V. Napoleonic (Hegemonic) France A. Napoleon defeated in 1815 B. France grows with the rise of napoleon. VI. Concert of Europe 1800‟S A. Britain, France, Russia, Prussia, Austria B. Anti-hegemonic coalition, whose goal was to prevent a hegemon C. Any time the power distribution would change, Britain would come n and make an alliance, re-balancing the power VII.Why Did the Concert Collapse? A. New Rising Powers 1. Emergence of USA 2. Italy 3. Japan B. The German Problem (1885 Congress of Berlin) C. British/Japanese Alliance D. World War I E. Imperial Ambitions: The German Factory
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