Ch. 4, Levels of Analysis (106-147)

Global Perspectives (115)

  1. How are China's actions affecting the configuration of the international system in terms of the distribution of power, interdependence, and identities?
  2. If China continues with its current trajectory and actions, what do you think the international system will look like in 20 years?
  3. How do China's actions differ from those of other great powers? How are they similar?
  4. If we looked at China's policies from the state or individual level of anlysis, what might we conclude that would be different if we were looking only at the level of the international system?

Discussion Questions (147)

  1. Neorealists and neoliberals agree on an essential characteristic of the international system. How do they disagree? Why is that disgreement important?
  2. Leaders such as Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Ngeuma Mbasogo, and North Korea's Kim Jong-Un are often dismissed as "crazy" or "nuts." What do we mean by these characterizations? What other explanations can be offered for their behavior?
  3. Mass publics are often stimulated by the media and connected by new technologies. How? Show how the Internet, cell phones, and Twitter have made a difference to international relations.
  4. Find two newspaper articles that suggest the use of soft power. How can you tell whether soft power "works"?