Statecraft Case Study

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It is difficult to argue a state’s motives simply with one factor or theory, as there are many aspects that contribute to the way a state may act. It is the same for the Statecraft simulation. While there are no factors that were initially seen as completely insignificant, there are factors that do not determine every action made, at least by my state, including the geography of our state or International Organizations. Other factors that were originally seen as insignificant, such as each leaders’ personality, research endowments, domestic factions, and certain norms, became very important throughout the simulation. The more influential factors turned out to be more based on values rather than specific aspects of the state, and these were …show more content…
For example, when first creating our country, we were able to choose certain attributes and regime types. My group put much thought into this, as we expected it to play into how we acted in the simulation. We chose green and scientific, which made certain factions more powerful than others. This in turn affected our decisions, as another very important factor was the domestic factions and their approval. While we expected the domestic factions to be important, we never expected it to be one of the leading factors affecting our decision making process. When looking at the different levels of analysis; system, state, and individual; we learned through many lectures that cooperation on a state level is very important in keeping a state functioning. If the domestic factions do not approve, there could be unrest, which can threaten a state’s sovereignty. These domestic factors became the most important influence in the simulation. The values and demands of a group of people create part of a state’s culture, and in Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations,” states clash because of conflicting cultures. While our state never clashed with any others, our culture still proved important to the sovereignty of our

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