Ch. 5, The State and the Tools of Statecraft (148-185)

Global Perspectives (154)

  1. Beyond simply being a full member of the UN, what would formal statehood give Palestine that it does not have with its current status? What is so important about being formally recognized as a state?
  2. Do you think Palestine's unilateral diplomatic approach to achieveing statehood will eventually work? Or will it have to reach an agreement with Israel to be granted formal state status? What would it take for Palestine's unilateral approach to work?

Discussion Questions (184)

  1. You are the leader of an emerging economy such as Indonesia. What tools of statecraft do you have at your disposal to influence your neighbors? What if, instead, you are the leader of a rising power like the People's Republic of China? What tools could you use?
  2. Each of the three main IR perspectives—realism, liberalism, and constructivism—has its own view of the state. Which of these do you think best captures the actions of major powers such as the United States? Does this same perspective best capture the actions of rising powers like India? What about developing states such as Rwanda? Or fragile states such as Somalia?
  3. Ethnonationalist movements are a major source of state instability. Compare two recent cases of such conflict. How are the states involved addressing the issue? Are they addressing it at all?
  4. Choose one state labeled as a fragile state. What recommendations can you make to turn the state into a viable one?

Additional Analysis

  1. Select a Trump Administration foreign policy and explain it using each of the foreign policy decision making models, in turn.
  2. What should we pay most attention to, in this chapter, and why?

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