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Political Science
Course
POLS 2940
Professor
Glenn Goshulak
Semester
Fall

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Text: Essential Readings in World Politics Article: Anarchy and the Struggle for Power Author: Mearsheimer  Offensive realism  There are 5 assumptions about the international system that should be factored in o 1. International system is anarchic  No central authority  Anarchy not associated with chaos and disorder  Underlying concept of state sovereignty o 2. States are dangerous to each other  They all have the military force and intellectual power to harm other states o 3. Intentions uncertain  A state can never be certain of another state’s intentions  No other state can ever truly be trusted  Not all states’ intentions are hostile, but they can be hostile even if they
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