WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN THIS CLASS?. What three big questions will we study? Why do countries do what they do? When do states work together, what “game changes” are emerging in the 21st C? What assignments will you have?:
What three big questions will we study?
What assignments will you have?:
Are there any course policies I should pay special attention to?
Why is IR important?
Is American empire in decline? Will “our” institutions go with us?
The rise of the rest will transform global politics
How is globalization challenging the intl. system that has allowed the west to dominate global politics for half a millennium?
Can we fight terrorism and crime any more?
Does development have a dark side? Warfare, illness, & enviro
Are human beings making tremendous progress? Human rights and moral obligations
Is this all study and no action?
The contradiction that is US politics: We don’t care but we matter so much
Much of IR deals with “Collective action” problems and “public goods” problems: Can one state or even just you really make a difference? Can your country make a difference?
What’s the problem with taking IR from a political scientist?
How do political scientists study IR?
What is the international system?: The set of institutions, rules, norms that govern the powerrelationship between different societies. To some degree, the present intl. system has existed for around 500 years.
What is power and what forms does it take?:
Hard, soft, diplomatic, & sticky
Is power “absolute” or “relative”?
States, nations, & regimes: What’s the difference?
IGOs, NGOs, and MNCs
What is sovereignty?
What are the defining features of the present intl. system? Anarchy , self-help, and hegemony
Why do these features create the security dilemma?
What are the fpir mean when he says that the two main approaches to IR are traditionalism (realism) and idealism (liberalism)?