Pols. 315 (1) Chadwick Spring 2006

Section II (4 weeks)

Simulation Preparation and International Relations Readings (History and Theory)

Accessing the IFs online: www.hawaii.edu/intlrel/pols315/IFs-exercise-1.htm. This page also has an introductory set of exercises that will prepare you for doing essay one.

Essay 1 instructions: www.hawaii.edu/intlrel/pols315/GPIRSim/GPIRSim.doc

K&R - Kegley and Raymond's text
JS - John Stoessinger's text
BH - Barry Hughes and Evan Hillebrand's text

Week of

Assigned readings



Feb. 7-9

(quiz on Thursday)


K&R, Ch 3

JS, first and last chapters (Chs. 1 and 10) (for a view of Stoessinger's intentions in writing the book, see the "Preface," "About the Author," and "Introduction")

What major factor(s) brought the nation-state system into being? What are the major "levels of analysis" that foreign policy analysts recognize? Why is this a relevant set of distinctions to make? What are the major domestic factors influencing foreign policy? What characteristics of individuals impact foreign policy?

In Stoessinger's judgment, at the onset of World War I, what explains the decisions of each European leader to take his country to war, one after the other?

Re-read the last chapter. What are the primary causes of war? This time, be able to elaborate on the meaning of "misperception" as Stoessinger does.


Week of

Feb. 14-16

(quiz on Thursday)

K&R Ch 4

JS Ch 7 ("Fifty Years War in the Holy Land")

Causes of war: rivalry, fear, misperception of capabilities and intentions, opportunity (ambition). Lectures will supplement with power transition theory and the Richardson "arms race" model.

I have several pages dealing with these theories.
Lewis Fry Richardson:   Concept   Graph

Power Transition Theory in a nutshell


Week of

Feb. 21-23

(quiz on Thursday)

Essay 1 due

K&R Ch 7 ("Armed Conflictů")

BH Chs 1, 11 ("Action in the Face of Uncertainty" and "The Global Sociopolitical System")

What are the "levels of analysis?" At each level, what are the principal types of explanation for international conflict?

Regarding Hughes, what are the three major questions to ask about international futures? What are the major belief systems that characterize foreign policy? In Ch. 11, how does Hughes define "threat" and what are the major causes of conventional war probability?

References during Tuesday's lecture:

Ray Cline's Pp (Power potential) formula and other interesting stuff.
Mention of the SARU Model is made in my review of global models


Week of Oct.

Feb. 28 -
March 2

Exam 2 on Thursday

K&R Ch 8 ("Military Power and National Security in a Turbulent World")

What is the "security dilemma?" What are the "limits of coercive diplomacy?" What are the political aims of acquiring military capability? Has military intervention of major powers helped or hindered the promotion of peace among nations?

© 2006 Richard W. Chadwick
I last updated this page February 2, 2006.
Students: email me at world@hawaii.edu