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Compulsive Empire

A state this is not subject to severe external pressures. Ex. The United States. We tend to feel few restraints in power at all

Economic mutual deterrence

Much like "mutually assured destruction" during the cold war, economic mutual deterrence is between to states that need each other to stimulate one another's economies. Ex. China and Japan both rely on each other to keep their economies going.


In an international system, anarchy is the absence of international authority. Hobbes suggests a solution is a "leviathan." A unitary state where power is centrally and absolutely controlled


Intergovernmental Organization/Non-Governmental Organization.

IGO- International agencies or bodies established by states and controlled by member states that deal with areas of common interests.

NGOs- Private associations of individuals or groups that engage in political, economic, or social activities usually across national borders.

Collective goods program

Public goods that are available to all regardless of individual contribution. Ex. The air, oceans, Antarctica- but that no one owns or is individually responsible for; with collective goods, decisions by one group or state have effects on other groups or states.

Failed state paradigm

The fear that a failed state poses a threat to national security of another state given that the failed state is a breeding ground for terrorism and chaos. The hegemon must come in to the state and "stabilize" it. Ex. The U.S with Afghanistan and Iraq


A foreign policy designed to prevent the expansion of an adversary by blocking its opportunities to expand, by supporting weaker states through foreign aid programs, and by the use of coercive force only to oppose an active attempt by an adversary to physically expand; the major U.S policy toward the Soviet Union during the Cold War era.

Melian Dialogue

The dialogue written by Thucydides depicting the conversation between Melos and Athens regarding the Melians decision over whether to join the Athenian empire or stay as they are and rely on Sparta.

Concert of Europe

19th Century anti hegemon system formed b/c of Napoleonic France. 5 member states: England, Russia, France, Prussia/Germany, Austria/Hungary. Britain balanced and Russia= alliance maker

Treaty of Westphalia

Treaties ending the Thirty Years War in Europe in 1648; in international relations represents the beginning of state sovereignty within a territorial space.

Hans Morgenthau

Realist thinker had 6 claims to modern realism:

Power politics: state, survival

Tragedy is the core of power politics

An objective universal law governs international relations

Political versus military power

human nature (lust for power): source of power politics

Fear of morality

Cuban Missile Crisis

Oct 14-28 1962 between Soviet Union and U.S. Soviet union put missiles in Cuba to the distress of the U.S. The U.S used deterrence and MAD to deter USSR. Peaceful time in international relations as no physical conflict occurred.

Coercive Diplomacy

Coercive diplomacy is the use of threats in order to get another state to do something. This can include the threat of invasion, keeping any economic sanctions on said country. Ex. the United States and Iran.

Kant's 3 definitive articles

-Precursor to DPT

-Looking for volunteer units (states) to join federation, but they must give up some sovereignty

-Must be Republics w/ Republican constitution


A reinterpretation of realism that posits that the structure of the international system is the most important level to study; states behave the way they do because of the structure of the international system; includes the belief that general laws can be found to explain events (73)

Glasnot and Perestroika

Russian policy under Mikhail Gorbachev during the second half of 80s. Glasnost called for increased openness and transparency in government institutions and activities in the Soviet Union. Perestroika is literally the restructuring of the Soviet political and economic system. Often argued to be the cause of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Three Levels of analysis

the Three levels of analysis are Classical, modern, and Neo/structural

Unnecessary deterrence, excessive deterrence



Greek Realist he wrote the melian dialogues.

*Notes for more

Hypocritical Hegemon

Example: U.S! The United States tells other states to respect privacy, but it was revealed that the United Sates was spying on their allies.

*see article on Edward Snowden for more