Principal models of international relations

1. At the end of a program on International Affairs, it is appropriate to review the foundations of the field. Discuss the four principal models of international relations. You might begin by briefly listing and describing the four, including their origins and evolutions, and how they have evolved since the end of the Cold War. You might also explain how each is related to corresponding theories of political economy. Finally, you might consider how these models are useful in understanding current issues in global affairs, such as globalization, democratization, transnational actors and issues, and the information technology revolution. Be sure to cite the relevant literature – specifically referring to authors and their ideas – throughout your answer.

2. France and the United States both have liberal democratic politics with constitutional governments. Yet in many was their policies and political institutions are so different. Taking into account political culture, history and geography, identify and explain key similarities and differences.

3. Describe the Constitutional relationship between the President and Congress in exercising foreign policy obligations and outline the important explicit and inherent authorities in executing their duties. Consider the tensions between the Executive and the Legislative branches, historical examples of Congressional action or acquiescence and the current state of the relationship regarding foreign policy. Use cases discussed in class to support your conclusions.

4. How did the original constitutional scheme envision the relationship between Congress and the Presidency in the realm of foreign affairs and particularly with regard to the war power? How have executive and judicial precedents and congressional action or inaction influenced the evolution of the war power? Is the current relationship between the branches over the war power in conformity with the original constitutional intent? Why or why not? Explain.