Ch. 6, War and Security (186-231)

Global Perspectives (215)

  1. Do you think North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons is rational? Why or why not?
  2. What would liberal theorists recommend states do to stop North Korea's nuclear program? Do you think that solution would work? What about a realist solution?
  3. Do you think that the geopolitical reasoning underlying North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons is justified? Why or why not?

Discussion Questions (231)

  1. How can we identify an aggressor in international conflicts? Is such identification important? Why or why not?
  2. Cybersecurity raises interesting questions regarding just war. Do you think a cyberattack constitutes the use of force, and thus gives a state the right to respond in self-defense? Or are cyberattacks different than conventional attacks? What if they are not perpetrated by states? How should state leaders respond?
  3. An American decision maker charged with U.S.–Russian Federation policy requests policy memos from realists (an offensive realist and a defensive realist), a liberal, and a constructivist. How might their respective recommendations differ?
  4. Realists, liberals, and constructivists pose different "solutions" to the problems of war. Which of these approaches to you think is likely to be most effective? Why?

Additional Analysis

  1. What type of war is the Yemen conflict? Explain your answer.
  2. Which theoretical perspective best explains the causes of Yemen's war? How so?
  3. Compare/contrast realist, liberal, and constructivist approaches to managing the Yemen conflict.
  4. Does the Yemen conflict qualify as a "just" war? How so, or why not?

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