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What Obama Gets Wrong

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When does the statute of limitations on blaming President George W. Bush for the record of the current administration finally expire? Obama inherited a “mess” as the president liked to say, and must therefore be judged accordingly. But this is … Continue reading

What Obama Gets Right

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A better analogy for the president would be a member of a relay team or a middle relief pitcher: somebody who takes over from a predecessor, does a hard job for awhile, and then passes things off to the next … Continue reading

Lantis Ch. 6.2

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interest groups affected by policy chanches fought back against the kyoto protocol (committed developed countries to binding reductions in emissions of green house gases) potential loss of economic competitiveness andd sacrifices of sovereignty if the US was to pledge its support for the agreement Global Warming? increases in CO2 and the gas emissions would lead […]

Lantis Ch. 2

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Foreign Policy in the Cold War and Post-Cold War Era    political struggles that the US face after 1945: Cold War, disintegration of the Soviet bloc, emergence of new opportunities and threats in the 21st century Introduction WWII the Soviet union had the most losses 20 million killed more displaced from their homes Germany and Japan decimated […]

Trubowitz Ch. 5

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WHY STATES UNDERREACH realists argue that as a state’s power increases, so will its internal ambitions states’ ambitions do not often keep pace with their power “strategic underextension”— punch below their weight in international politics scale backfiring commitments and slashing military spending international opportunities ignored domestic priorities remain front and center keep foreign policy on […]

Trubowitz Ch. 4

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WHEN STATES EXPAND as a state’s power (material resources) relative  to that of other nations increases, so will its desire to extend its political influence and control internationally to do what it can, militarily,economically, and diplomatically to enhance its security in an uncertain world aka “realist law of uneven growth” in order to increase their […]

Trubowitz Ch. 3

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WHY STATES APPEASE THEIR FOES appeasing foreign adversaries has been considered foolish, capricious, and cowardly The Appeasement Puzzle argument:statesmen are most likely to pursue a strategy of appeasement when they are severely cross-pressured demands for increased security conflict sharply with what they are trying to achieve domestically involves efforts to “buy off” a potential aggressor […]

Trubowitz Ch. 2

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GRAND STRATEGY’S MICROFOUNDATIONS grand strategy: purposeful use of military, diplomatic and economic tools of statecraft to achieve desired ends. goals defined as: national security, power or wealth also: national honor, prestige, and profit Trub. argues GS can also= means by which national leaders strive to maintain or strengthen their hold on executive power if leaders are […]

Lantis Chp. 7 Notes

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Problems with public opinion? Pessimists argue that citizens lack knowledge to be effective participants in the foreign policy process. The second primary critique of public opinion and foreign policy is that many citizenships do not care about foreign affairs. They … Continue reading

Global Warming Case Study Notes

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Since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, multilateral negotiations have produced nearly 100 major treaties on environmental issues. Global Warming: The theory of global warming is derived from scientific propositions in the nineteenth century that … Continue reading