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Kegley Chapter 1

  1. 1. Chapter 1: Analyzing World Politics
  2. 2. “Today many things indicate that we are going through a transitional period, when it seems that something is on the way out and something else is painfully being born…” Václav Havel Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 2
  3. 3. Important Aspects ofWorld Politics Today  Global political system  Cold War  September 11, 2001  States in the international system  Anarchy in the international system  Cycles of world politics Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 3
  4. 4. How Perceptions Influence Images ofInternational Reality  “Objective” facts are subject to interpretation  Schematic reasoning  Cognitive dissonance  Mirror image phenomenon  Enduring rivalries Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 4
  5. 5. The Role of Imagesin World Politics  Soviet fear of foreign invasion  American isolationism pre-1941  Mutual misperceptions fuel discord in world politics  Mirror images: United States and Soviet Union during the Cold War  Images can change: Vietnam War and utility of military force Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 5
  6. 6. Should We Believe What We See?The Mercator Projection Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 6
  7. 7. Should We Believe What We See?Peter’s Projection Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 7
  8. 8. Should We Believe What We See?Orthographic Projection Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 8
  9. 9. Six Keys to UnderstandingWorld Politics (1 of 2)  Terminology  Background information  Transnational actors • States • Nonstate actors  Actors’ foreign policies, international relations, and international politics Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 9
  10. 10. Picturing Types of Foreign Policyand Actor Relationships Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 10
  11. 11. Six Keys to UnderstandingWorld Politics (2 of 2)  Levels of analysis • Individual: Human characteristics— perceptions, images, knowledge, psychology • State: How states make decisions; economic power; military power; domestic factors • Global (Systemic): Interactions of states and nonstate actors at the international level that affect conflict and cooperation  Change, cycles and continuities in world politics Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 11
  12. 12. The MajorFactors AffectingForeign PolicyDecision andInternationalRelations:Influences atThree Levels Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning 12

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