Tue, Sep 1
POL 389-800, Security Studies
SUNY Oswego | Fall 2020
Dr. Craig Warkentin
- Ch. 2, Realism (Glaser, 13-29)
- Articulate the main assumptions of realism
- Compare/contrast various types of realism
- Explain how realists conceptualize security
- Describe realism's prescription for security
- alliances (18)
- balance of power (20)
- balancing (18)
- bandwagoning (19)
- bipolar (26)
- multipolar (26)
- neorealism (15)
- power (14)
- security dilemma (16)
- structural realism (15)
- unipolar (26)
- Expanded Zoom meeting times?
- Measuring/grading participation
- Updated assignment descriptions
- Check News presentation date
- Can't be made up if missed!
Reword each question into a proper discussion question before answering.
- Why is realism better understood as a family of theories than a single theory?
- What assumptions are shared by most realist theories?
- What is the key divide between structural and motivational realism?
- Why does Waltz believe that the international system tends to generate competition?
- Why does offensive realism believe that states maximize power?
- Why does defensive realism believe states should attempt to signal their benign motives?
- Which variables influence the severity of the security dilemma and how do they matter?
- How can a state's declining power create incentives for preventive war?
- How does defense advantage reduce incentives for war?