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  1. International Relations PSC 124.200: Introduction

  2. Today • Are you registered for this class? • Digital pictures • Overview of the syllabus • Index cards • Nau, preface and introduction Hans Peter Schmitz

  3. The question for this course • Are international relations undergoing fundamental and irreversible changes? • Is the international system shifting away from state-centrism? • Are non-state actors effectively challenging states? Hans Peter Schmitz

  4. Are you Hans Peter Schmitz

  5. What are international relations? • Political: States, IGOs, and NGOs • Traditional (states only): War, diplomacy, sanctions, foreign aid, military alliances, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) • Non-traditional (including non-state actors): Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), terrorism, drug trade • Economic: Multinational corporations (MNCs) • Trade in goods, financial services, remittances, sanctions, drug trade • Social/Cultural: Ideas and individuals • Migration, tourism, professional organizations, human rights, adoptions, religion, etc. Hans Peter Schmitz

  6. In the past Actors: States Issues: War and Peace Principles: State sovereignty and self-interst Power based on: military strength and economic development PBS frontline (video selection) In the future? Actors: States, International organizations, business corporations, NGOs Issues: Trade, environment, global justice, development, etc. Principles: Interdependence and human rights Power based on: Capacity to cooperate; technologies to solve global problems From inter-national politics to global affairs? Hans Peter Schmitz

  7. Why theories? Purpose of theories in international relations: • Positivism: Explain and predict by reducing the complexity of reality (examples: Neorealism, Institutionalism). • Normativism: Challenge reality with reference to normative standpoints/values and develop strategies of fundamental global change (examples: Feminism and gender equality; Marxism and class struggle; Idealism and human rights). Hans Peter Schmitz

  8. Nau’s approach (preface) • Theories and ‘facts’ • Three perspectives: power, institutions, and ideas • Three theories: realism, institutionalism, and constructivism (idealism) Hans Peter Schmitz

  9. Chapter 1: Perspectives • What do perspectives do? • They help us reduce complexity and choose a specific lens (example: Darfur) • Understand how leaders think • Identify the primary causes of conflict Hans Peter Schmitz

  10. Chapter 1: Levels of Analysis • Individual level (first image): psychology of leaders • Domestic level (second image): characteristics of the political system (example: democracy) • International level (third image): character of the international system (example: anarchy) Hans Peter Schmitz

  11. Chapter 1: Theories • Realism: power struggles among states; solution: balance of power • Institutionalism: self-interested cooperation among states; solution: regimes based on shared interests • Constructivism (idealism, identity perspective): differences in identities; solution: shared norms Hans Peter Schmitz

  12. Who, what, why, and how? Hans Peter Schmitz