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What does it mean to be rational?
Rationality means that an actor can "think" about its actions coherently and make choices.
The Principal Actors of IR are:
World Governments and most importantly, States.
What is meant by the term "International Anarchy?"
Not complete chaos, but a lack of a central government that can enforce rules.
Hos does International Anarchy relate to state sovereignty?
Sovereign states are faced with a situation of self help, and must cooperate with other states in order to survive.
What is Globalization?
"the widening, deepening and speeding up of worldwide interconnectedness in all aspects of contemporary social life..."
NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
What is Realism?
Is a school of thought that explains international relations in terms of power.
Idealism?
An emphasis on international law, morality, and international organizations, rather than power alone, as key influences on international events.
What is power?
The ability to get another actor to do what it would not otherwise have done (or not to do what it would have done).
What are some common measures of power?
GDP is the primary. Others include National Will, Diplomatic skill, and popular support for it's government(legitimacy).
What does it mean to be rational?
Rationality means that an actor can "think" about its actions coherently and make choices.
The Principal Actors of IR are:
World Governments and most importantly, States.
What is meant by the term "International Anarchy?"
Not complete chaos, but a lack of a central government that can enforce rules.
Hos does International Anarchy relate to state sovereignty?
Sovereign states are faced with a situation of self help, and must cooperate with other states in order to survive.
What is Globalization?
"the widening, deepening and speeding up of worldwide interconnectedness in all aspects of contemporary social life..."
NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
What is Realism?
Is a school of thought that explains international relations in terms of power.
Idealism?
An emphasis on international law, morality, and international organizations, rather than power alone, as key influences on international events.
What is power?
The ability to get another actor to do what it would not otherwise have done (or not to do what it would have done).
What are some common measures of power?
GDP is the primary. Others include National Will, Diplomatic skill, and popular support for it's government(legitimacy).
What is an alliance?
A coalition of states that coordinate their actions to accomplish some end.
How do Realists view Alliances?
Alliances are fluid- they aren't a marriage of love, but of convenience. Alliances are based on national interests, and can shift as national interests change.