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Neo-Realism Anarchy - Melian dialogue Morgenthau's Six Principles

The Prince Balance of power
The Twenty Years' Crisis Rational Actor
Neo-Realism Anarchy
Self-help system Security dilemma
Melian dialogue Morgenthau's Six Principles
Study and discussion questions:


1. Describe the “Thucydides Trap”? Are the U.S. and China condemned to be stuck in it? How might both countries avoid the trap in the 21st century?


2. Do you agree with the maxim that, in international politics, the "strong do what they have the power to do and the weak accept what they have to accept"?


3. What are Morgenthau’s Six Principles of Political Realism? Which of the six have the most theoretical power in your opinion? Which lack theoretical power?


4. Can the views in the “X” article be considered realist? Why or why not?


5. Is Robert Gilpin’s theory of hegemonic rise and decline useful in explaining the end of the Cold War?


6. Do you think Waltz’s structural realism provides an adequate explanation for the end of the Cold War and for the current state of international politics?


7. In what ways does Dr. Kissinger’s assessment of U.S. policy in the war against terrorism reflect general realist principles? In what ways does it differ?


8. Concerning the video and chapter 17 of The Prince, do you agree with Machiavelli that it is better for the Prince (the United States) to be parsimonious, rather than generous?

Feared or loved? Do you agree or disagree with his analysis of leadership with regard to our foreign policy towards Russia? Why or why not?


Readings:
Genest. Conflict and Cooperation, Chapter 2, pp. 39-122.
Video:
The Prosecution of an American President.

Neo-Realism Anarchy - Melian dialogue Morgenthau's Six Principles

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