Potential Essay areas for Exam 1
Explain and evaluate realism, neoliberalism, and constructivism. Which theory
seems most compelling and why?
Discuss the causes and systemic consequences of WWI. How does this war
impact IR today?
Discuss the research on how group behavior and bureaucracies can impact foreign
Discuss different research and analytical approaches used to study international
relations. How “scientific” is this field of study?
5 short answers (10 points each) - *Discuss realism
10 fill-in-the-blanks of key terms/key people
State Level: Democracy and War
89 Free Countries/58 Partly free/47 Not Free (Freedom House 2010)
Democracy Peace Theory
Immanuel Kant, Woodrow Wilson, Bill Clinton
Strong empirical evidence – very good research showing that democracies
do not go to war with one another
Exceptions: Democracies still wage war and do conduct “covert” wars
Realism makes no distinction of what countries are like internally and
behave in self-interest
Democracies and Military Victory
Democracies and War Initiation
National Culture and Foreign Policy Making
Swedish Foreign Policy Culture – no war since 1814. Social constraints
constructed. Do not get involved in war.
Neutrality and “military nonalignment” – not a part of NATO
Neutrality does not mean pacifistic. Swedes want to be active in wor