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Chapter 1: Interpreting World Politics. “Today many things indicate that we are going through a transitional period, when it seems that something is on the way out and something else is painfully being born…” Václav Havel . Important Aspects of World Politics Today.

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“Today many things indicate that we are going through a transitional period, when it seems that something is on the way out and something else is painfully being born…”

Václav Havel

Copyright © 2009 Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

important aspects of world politics today
Important Aspects of World Politics Today
  • Global political system
  • Cold War
  • September 11, 2001
  • States in the international system
  • Anarchy in the international system
  • Cycles of world politics

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how perceptions influence images of international reality
How Perceptions Influence Images of International Reality
  • “Objective” facts are subject to interpretation
  • Schematic reasoning
  • Cognitive dissonance
  • Mirror image phenomenon
  • Enduring rivalries

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the role of images in world politics
The Role of Images in World Politics
  • Soviet fear of foreign invasion
  • American isolationism pre-1941
  • Mutual misperceptions fuel discord in world politics
  • Mirror images: United States and Soviet Union during the Cold War
  • Images can change: Vietnam War and utility of military force

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should we believe what we see the mercator projection
Should We Believe What We See?The Mercator Projection

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should we believe what we see peter s projection
Should We Believe What We See?Peter’s Projection

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should we believe what we see orthographic projection
Should We Believe What We See?Orthographic Projection

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six keys to understanding world politics 1 of 2
Six Keys to Understanding World Politics (1 of 2)
  • Terminology
  • Background information
  • Transnational actors
    • States
    • Nonstate actors
  • Actors’ foreign policies, international relations, and international politics

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picturing types of foreign policy and actor relationships
Picturing Types of Foreign Policy and Actor Relationships

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six keys to understanding world politics 2 of 2
Six Keys to Understanding World Politics (2 of 2)
  • Levels of analysis
    • Individual: Human characteristics—perceptions, images, knowledge, psychology
    • State: How states make decisions; economic power; military power; domestic factors
    • Global (Systemic): Interactions of states and nonstate actors at the international level that affect conflict and cooperation
  • Change, cycles and continuities in world politics

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The Major Factors Affecting Foreign Policy Decision and International Relations: Influences at Three Levels

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questions for critical thinking
Questions for Critical Thinking
  • Why do actors see the same events differently?
  • What impact do different perceptions have on international relations?

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web links
Web Links
  • American Journalism Review News Link
  • Foreign Affairs Online
  • The National Geographic Society (Maps)
  • National Public Radio Online

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