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Asymmetry and International Relationships: Theory and Cases

Very often, the study of global affairs focuses on the interplay between great powers. This course will explore international relations from a different paradigm. It examines asymmetric relations between countries—the systematic ways and structures in which the identities, alliances, policies, perceptions of vulnerability, and behaviors of both great and small powers are affected differently by disparities in power as well as in attention. The course will examine the validity of concepts such as Finlandization, revolutionary internationalism, appeasement, bandwagon mentality, and power balancing through three case studies from the Cold War period: US-Cuba, USSR-Finland, and China-Vietnam.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of asymmetric international relations theory
  • Tools for analyzing global security, trade, and diplomacy from an asymmetric relations perspective
  • A deeper understanding of the complexities of the Cold War period in terms of the difficult relations between great powers and small neighboring nations with strong nationalist movements

Ideal for

  • Those seeking an introduction to new perspectives employed by security and foreign policy analysts beyond the traditional approaches of realism and liberalism
  • Those with an interest in comparative approaches to foreign policy and international relations in areas beyond great power politics
  • Those with an interest in the international history of the Cold War
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