international relation discussion

After reading the assigned chapters (Chapters 14-16 & 19), answer two of the following questions. Then, reply to three classmates’ discussion threads.


      1. Which definition of war do you find most useful? Why? How does globalization challenge traditional understandings of war? Does globalization make war more or less likely? Does it depend on the type of war?
      2. Is the security dilemma always with us, or can it be mitigated? Explain your answer, referring to at least two international relations theories of your choice. Also, are relative gains more important than absolute gains in the security field? Why?
      3. What is IPE? Explain how the introduction of new theories has changed its conceptualization?
      4. What is different about the Marxian and mercantilist depictions of power in the international economy? Also, in what way(s) do the neo-Gramscians invoke structure in their explanation of international political economy?
      5. How and why do institutionalists argue that institutions change the behavior of states? Do the realists agree with this arguments? Why or why not?
      6. Describe the history of international law. Why is it important? Which IR theory is the most compelling in its account of international law? Why?
      7. What major factors have contributed in the rise of modern international law in the last two centuries and how do the fours major theories of international relations explain the importance of international law?

Threaded Discussion Requirements:

  • You are required to answer two of my questions, thus starting two new discussion threads for other students to reply.
      • Each answer to my questions should be in at least 300 words, totaling 600 words for both answers.
        • Greetings or compliments will not be counted toward the length requirement of each thread.
      • Each answer should be posted separately.
        • Thus, you should have two separate threads for each discussion.
      • Both answers to my questions should be posted by no later than Friday of the discussion week.
        • This is done to provide you sufficient time to reply to your classmates’ answers.
  • You are required to use the textbook as the primary course of information.
      • External source may be used to enrich your responses; however, such use should be secondary.
      • Your answers should demonstrate to me that you have both engaged and critically thought about the readings.
  • You are required to reply to at least three other students’ discussion threads.
      • Each reply to your classmates’ threads should be in at least 100 words, totaling at least 300 words for all three replies.
        • Each reply should be substantial and discuss related ideas or concepts
        • Greetings or compliments will not be counted toward the length requirement of each thread or reply.
  • You are required to provide in-text citations and references in the 6th edition of the APA writing format.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated.

    • I will frequently put suspicious discussions through Turnitin.
    • Students with plagiarized discussions will automatically receive a failing grade (FF) for the course.

Use the following Grading Rubric for guidance with your discussion.





Below 60

The discussion does everything in the B, and it shows a synthesis of the topic with the concepts from international relations.

The discussion does everything in the C but includes original evaluation of the material and makes nearly all of the main points from the course material.

The discussion is organized, references course material, and includes well-thought ideas.

The discussion addresses all the assignment questions/topics.

The discussion provides in-text citations and references

Some thoughts are related to the topic and some course material is mentioned or alluded to. There appears to be an attempt at structure and organization.

The discussion does not address all the assignment questions/topics.

The discussion is missing in-text citations and/or references.

The discussion shows little effort, poor organization, and no incorporation of course material.
Thoughts are incomplete and not always relevant to the topic.

The discussion does not address the assignment questions/topics.

The discussion misses in-text citations and/or references.

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