Monthly Archives: September 2015

Trubowitz Ch. 6 Notes

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US Cold War presidents were all balancers, practicing containment against soviet What varies: extent to which they were willing to invest in countering Soviet influence Eisenhower, Nixon, and Carter all cut Pentagon budgets To substitute, Nixon had tacit alliance with PRC Eisenhower made lots of treaties Carter enhanced UN involvement and cooperation Truman, Kennedy, and … Continue reading Trubowitz Ch. 6 Notes

Daniel Drezner vs. Vladimir Putin

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Daniel Drezner, renown international politics scholar, has weighed in on Russia’s plans for becoming more involved in the Middle East in a Washington Post editorial.  Drezner says that Russia doesn’t have much materially to gain from a partnership with the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. He suggests that Russia would  only receive geopolitical clout from such … Continue reading Daniel Drezner vs. Vladimir Putin

Coalition Power: The Internal Pressures of Woodrow Wilson’s Administration

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Photo: Nieuwpoort, Belgium 2014 Grand-strategies are critically outlined by presidential administrations in order to best pursue the state’s domestic interests. Administrations strategically shape their agendas in accordance to external and internal pressures. A state’s geopolitical slack is best defined as a state’s position in the global arena; and therefore, the amount of threat from foreign … Continue reading Coalition Power: The Internal Pressures of Woodrow Wilson’s Administration

Grand Strategy Project: Truman’s Coalitional Preferences

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Coalitional preferences refer to the inclinations a political party or a supporting group has on major political issues. The study of Innenpolitik depends on the “central thesis” that states that “leaders are preoccupied with domestic interests and preferences”. (Trubowitz 23) This theory asserts that the coalitional pressures a leader faces will greatly influence the leaders … Continue reading Grand Strategy Project: Truman’s Coalitional Preferences

Guns or Butter?

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  Trubowitz argues that when a president is elected, their first focus when entering into office is to begin creating policy decisions that will get them re-elected by their coalition. Trubowitz defines coalition’s preferences of policy choices in two different … Continue reading

President Cleveland: Butter over Guns

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President Grover Cleveland, known as the “guardian President” for his extensive use of the Presidential veto, did not see himself as an activist president. Instead, he spent most of his time in the White House concerned with preventing Congress from “granting privileges to special interests than with pursuing his own legislative agenda (Millcenter).” Since Cleveland … Continue reading President Cleveland: Butter over Guns

Grand Strategy Section 2: Coalition Preferences

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The domestic pressures facing the Nixon administration were fairly significant in US foreign policy. A variety of domestic factors produced a political climate that favored Nixon in his first election. These factors included: MAJOR ISSUE (FOREIGN POLICY): Controversy over the ongoing Vietnam War was splitting the country, but issues such as the military draft and the … Continue reading Grand Strategy Section 2: Coalition Preferences

US-backed Syrian rebels of Division 30 gave gear to al-Qaeda group (Post #5)

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US General Lloyd Austin admitted that US trained Syrian rebels handed over six pick-up trucks and ammunition to the Nusra Front, an affiliate of al-Qaeda. They took this action to gain safe passage and they handed over the equipment almost immediately after entering into Syria. In previous article (Post #3) on Turkey, I mentioned that 54 … Continue reading US-backed Syrian rebels of Division 30 gave gear to al-Qaeda group (Post #5)

Trubowitz, Chapter 6: Conclusion

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American Balancing in Historical Perspective Little occasion for US to use balancing before WWII Classical era of balancing was Cold War GS of containment towards Soviet Union was America’s internal balancing Internal balancing used by US to defend status quo after WWII Some presidents invested more in military while others, also internal balancers, looked to … Continue reading Trubowitz, Chapter 6: Conclusion