PLS 222-01

National Security

  • civil war
  • terrorism
  • genocide

20th Century: 75% of war deaths since 1000AD

Causes of War & violence

  • system
    • uneven dist. of resources
  • state
    • diversionary war
    • decider: technology (Yugoslavia)
  • individual
    • human nature
    • religion

Cost of preparing power

classic goal of war: defeat/deter

power to hurt – Gen. “Tecumseh” Sherman

OBL 1998

Move by 43 to pre-emptive war

realist: maximize self-defense (unlimited self-defense)

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