Thu, Sep 3

POL 389-800, Security Studies
SUNY Oswego | Fall 2020
Dr. Craig Warkentin

Reading

  • Ch. 3, Liberalism and Liberal Internationalism (Morgan, 30-46)

Goals

  • Articulate the main assumptions of liberalism
  • Compare and contrast types of liberalism
  • Explain how liberals conceptualize security
  • Describe liberalism's prescription for security
  • Compare and contrast liberalism to realism

Terms

  • autonomy (35)
  • Bretton Woods system (34)
  • democratic peace (35)
  • dismal science (31)
  • end of history (43)
  • free ride (34)
  • globalization (33)
  • hegemon (35)
  • IGOs (31)
  • international civil society (34)
  • international regimes (31)
  • NGOs (31)
  • peace building (34)
  • pluralistic security community (36)
  • power (31)
  • regimes (34)
  • rentier states (41)
  • security dilemma (31)
  • shadow of the future (35)
  • sovereignty (34)
  • transaction costs (34)
  • Westphalian (33)

Preliminaries

Questions (45)

Reword each question to be a "proper" discussion question, if needed, before answering it.

  1. What are the main characteristics of the liberalist orientation?
  2. What are the main categories or types of liberalism in the study and conduct of international politics?
  3. How do NGOs now play a role in international politics in the pursuit of liberalist objectives and values?
  4. Why is liberalism relatively optimistic about the possibilities for cooperation, and for cooperation leading to significant improvements in international politics?
  5. What are the main components of commercial or economic liberalism?
  6. What is the democratic peace thesis and what are its implications for understanding and trying to improve international politics?
  7. In what ways is liberalism often inconsistent in dealing with important issues in international politics?
  8. Why do numerous critics see liberal internationalism as a form of Western imperialism?
  9. In what sense is liberalism revolutionary in international politics and, as such, a serious threat?

Articles