Lecture Slides are Up

Lecture slides from the first few days are now posted. Just click on the “Lectures” tab above. – Prof N.

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Understanding Putnam on Two-Level Games

For those of you wanting a better understanding of Putnam’s argument, and perhaps other examples using two-level games, the following Prezi presentation might be useful:

https://prezi.com/znrqv6_w9zzr/copy-of-diplomacy-and-domestic-politics-the-logic-of-two-level-game/

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News Link: 4 Important Maps for Geopolitics in 2017

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“Our brand of geopolitics takes this a step further and asserts that a deep understanding of geography and power enables you to do two things. First, it helps you comprehend the forces that will shape international politics and how they will do so. Second, it allows you to identify what is important and what isn’t.”

Source: The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps |

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From my other site… Semester’s Agenda: Begin discussing changes in world order

In response to Trump’s new “America First” foreign policy approach, and in response to other major systemic changes that have been coming along for some time, my introductory course has a new sub-title and focus: understanding the varieties of world order and how world order can change.

I will still cover all of the basics needed for such a course, but I think that this is an appropriate time to think critically about “world order” and the worldviews that inform our understanding of such order(s). Every segment of the class will now include a focus that brings us back to that specific theme. Can’t wait to get started!

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Course website: http://internationalrelations-nelson.site.wesleyan.edu/

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Course is Live!

The course website is fully updated. I might still make changes, especially to cope with current events. But do be sure to read through all of the pages.

Spring 2017: General course description

Schedule 2017: Readings and assignments, with a calendar

Work: Overview of course assignments and work expectations

Papers: Description of the paper assignment

Presentations: Description of the group presentation assignment

Policies: Course policies

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Course is being updated!

January 9, 2017

Students,

This course is being updated. There are some changes over previous terms, though the overall format and assignments will remain largely the same.

The big change is in terms of readings. The books this term will be:

REQUIRED Textbooks:
#1
Editors: Mingst, Karen and Jack Snyder
title: Essential Readings in World Politics
publisher: W.W. Norton
isbn: 978-0-393-28366-2
edition: SIXTH. You must get THIS edition.

#2
author: Kissinger, Henry
title: World Order
publisher: Penguin
isbn: 978-0143127710

#3
author: Cohen, Eliot A.
title: The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power & the Necessity of Military Force
publisher: Basic Books
isbn: 978-0465044726

These readings will be supplemented in a major way by additional articles for download on our website. Those additional reading will provide key alternative perspectives, etc.

Enjoy the final weeks of Winter Break!

Best,

Prof N.

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