Category Archives: Reading Critics and Notes

Debate: Should the president have MORE foreign policy authority in regards to terrorism?

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Yes, the president should have more authority: he gave an oath in which he promised to protect, preserve, and defend the constitution of the US. in times of emergency, one single executive command is essential to make a quick decision/action Article II (section 1) establishes president only executive holds exclusive information preemptive self defense: easier to
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Lantis Ch 04 Sec 01: notes

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Pluralist: a large number of actors that influence foreign policy President: Article II of Constitution grants president foreign policy power how much power to influence outcomes to make/ carry out decisions is based on amount of resources internal: people who work for the president the staff : has responsibilities for  policy making white house office: political
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Cabranes: Why US courts shouldn’t make policy

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A key argument Cabranes makes is the following: the United States is overreaching beyond its potential and jurisdiction. Such ‘extraterritorial’ reach is just a manner to show that it is still a Hegemon power who still maintains control over the International world. In his point of view, such behavior is a sole justification of the Westphalian system.
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Trubowitz- analyzing presidents

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Trubowitz presents a theory of how geopolitical slack combined with a coalition’s preference results into four different types of Presidents: Balancers, Appeasers, Expansionists, and Underreachers. Such a theory is significant when attempting to analyze why a President chose the Grand Strategy he did during his presidency, most importantly, whose interests were at stake. Roosevelt, for
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Trubowitz: Grand Strategy Micro. foundations

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What I found interesting in this chapter is how Turbowitz highlighted the importance of maintaining status quo and how that motivates statesmen to enact certain strategies. According to Turbowitz, maintaining status quo is essential in order to keep and increase political and economic power. Some strategies that are used for maintaining status quo include: expansionism,
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Trubowitz: Introduction to the Grand Strategy

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Did you know that there was more to politics than just the red and blue, Republicans versus Democrats? According to Trubowitz, political leaders deal with cross pressures and trade offs between geopolitics and domestic politics. Basically, they have to deal and solve issues occurring at home and abroad. In order to address political and economic issues, strategic
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