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PS 103 Global Political Issues Study Guide October 2014 This is a list of the terms and concepts that I found particularly important I am drawing from the lecture material if we didn t talk about it in class it seems unfair to me to test students about it You should understand the terms concepts but also be able to link them up and down the list to other terms concepts and understand how they relate to each other This is as best I can manage in the order we discussed them Russia Ukraine Not a war but clearly violent Role of ethnic groups in conflict Effect of Russian history on Russian perceptions Ukrainian revolution US s interests and goals Sanctions Lots of effects EU global gas oil prices Syria Iran etc long list Pakistan Nuclear weapons Struggle for democracy civil military affairs Difficult relationship with the USA Syria Iraq ISIS we talked about them at least twice I m lumping all of that together here in the study guide Many different actors have interests Iraq Syria USA Russia Turkey Saudi Arabia Israel Jordan Lebanon ethnic groups in a variety of states Iraq and Syria to start with but also in Turkey Saudi Arabia and the refugees in Lebanon Turkey and Jordan note interlinked nature of Iraq and Syria s issues ISIS history present threat and future threat political not military problem USA Response al Qaeda active in other places franchise Hong Kong Democracy and China s governance Detroit s water commission Water as a human right note link to creative destruction which we did later Japanese Economy In trouble note link to globalization Wage Stagflation Wages flat for most everyone for several years Chinese shadow banks Again mostly as a precursor to globalization stuff Scotland History United Kingdom Nationalism Economics issues of size globalization fix versus floating exchange rates Hegemons Great Power Politics rise and fall what does this mean for the future of the USA Polarity uni bi multi polar link to Realism offensive vs defensive realism Russia not a great power China rising power economic cooperation vs political security conflict issues with China debt ownership and is this an issue China s military budget in context vs size of ours China s perception of US military bases around them Economist Ebola Economist Articles Help in the Time of Ebola E bola Where is the outbreak What realist say are the chances of a response What liberals say are the chances of a response Chances of and international response Domestic response of states where Ebola outbreak is Two level games Economist Global Warming Economist articles The Deepest Cuts Try Jam Today The Shadow of Copenhagen Economic costs Security Threat What realist say are the chances of a response What liberals say are the chances of a response Winners and losers Two level games Globalization Why do we care definitions liberal economics capitalism comparative advantage specialization economies of scale trade free trade necessary for globalization to function efficiently strong weak currencies effect of currency change on trade producers vs consumers protection tariff and non tariff barriers quotas subsidies regulations pros and cons of globalization long section creative destruction innovation productivity link between globalization and democracy note argues two contradictory things convergence both economic and political social cultural globalization pressures state regulations laws race to the bottom TINA there is no alternative markets pressure non economic activity Examples Economist Russia Ukraine Italy Global Beer INBev and SABMiller Sony Alibaba Terrorism some linkage to the Syria discussion earlier Definition strategy vs tactic difficulty of a definition acceptable to governments war civil war revolution legitimate tactic or not one man s terrorist is another man s freedom fighter al Qaeda objectives history hierarchy to network to franchises links to Syrian conflict Examples Economist Afghanistan governance struggles after conflict Nigeria Boko Harum China Uighurs Environment Tragedy of the Commons multi generational issues resource exploitation leads to economic growth environmental changes political pressures for present growth versus environmental damage Examples Economist Gold mine in Canada China s diverted water power generation in Africa European Union Economic union free trade zone political union much harder than economic one issues of democracy and poverty Examples Economist Hungarian democracy and Balkan state s application for EU membership Democracy Electoral Systems Legitimacy definition compliance via legitimacy coercion and reward democracy presidential system winner take all parliamentary system effects of parliamentary democracy relationship between legislature and executive parliamentary unites them presidential separates them checks balances votes of no confidence parliamentary versus built in checks and balances presidential prime ministers versus presidents how they govern variations in parliamentary systems Examples Economist Libya legitimacy India Brazil Elections in the USA Globalization quick examples France versus Argentina Economist France s new policy change versus Argentina s failure to change Effect of globalization on economic success and effect of globalization on politics Syria ISIS reprise Effect of USA bombing campaign all the complaints about what the USA has not been able to achieve Man on the Moon problem risks to USA involvement difficulties of finding solutions


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