The World Of International Relations

2094 WordsMay 2, 20169 Pages
Just as this book serves as a great introduction to the world of international relations, the first chapter does a great job of exploring what the book will cover. It covers the many viewpoints of international relations. There are many concepts and terms that the chapter covers which can help one understand politics. Some of these key concepts are cognitive dissonance, mirror images, and enduring rivalries. Many key terms that increase one’s knowledge of world politics that are covered in this chapter are actors, power, and sovereignty. World politics can affect us more than we may think. In the siege of Lebanon during the 1982 Lebanon War a US backed Israeli army gave Osama Bin Laden inspiration for an event that changed the world. “As I…show more content…
International organizations and courts were even established. Sadly these organizations did not hold up in the years following their creation. The rather quick demise of liberalism contributed to World War II which would go on to have massive effects on the world for years to come. In chapter three the many theories of international decision making are covered. There are many influences on the decision making process and they are the current global conditions, internal characteristics of the state, and an actor’s leadership. The three models of decision making are also covered and they are decision making as a rational choice, bureaucratic politics, and impactful leaders. There are also factors, domestic and global, that affect policy decisions and they include military capabilities, economic conditions, types of government, global distribution of power, and geopolitical powers. In 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis President Kennedy was faced with a situation that, if handled wrong, could end the world. When deciding on proper responses he would have to consider many of the factors that are discussed in the chapter like military capabilities. Thankfully Kennedy considered the factors and decided on actions that would not lead to a conflict with the Soviet Union. Rivalries and relations of the great powers are explored in chapter four. It begins by explaining long-cycle theory and hegemons. Then the causes and consequences of world war
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