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5 Matching questions

  1. What are the comparisons Buzan makes between Asia and 19th century Europe?
  2. What is the main concern about Japan developing a TMD? Why would the establishment of a TMD in Japan be considered an offensive manoeuvre?
  3. What are some challenges that Liberalism must take account of?
  4. How is the Moscow Treaty representative of the new arms control?
  5. What resolved the Taiwan Straits crisis of 95-96?
  1. a Challenge 1: International Institutions cannot stop superpowers. (Example: the US invaded Iraq in 2003 despite the opposition at the UN)
    Challenge 2: Even if democracies never fight each other, they fight eventually authoritarian regimes "to make the world safe for democracy".
    Challenge 3: Sometimes, countries fail their transitions to democracy and get into war; because, they have weak political institutions.
  2. b • US military intervention; US exerted its naval dominance over China in its own home waters
    • this left the impression in Asia that China's military bellicosity had been restrained only by a strong US response
  3. c • range of substantial powers with varying degrees of industrialization
    • Japan is Britain, China is Germany,
    • Nationalism is rampant and strongly rooted along with several ethnic, cultural, historical, status, and territorial issues to feed on
    • liberal democracy is only deeply rooted in a few places
    • desire to seem national economic advantage while at the same time pressure to get more entangled in economic interdependence
  4. d A Japanese TMD worries the Chinese because it would weaken their ballistic missile deterrent against the home islands. This means that Japan would be less likely to fear China. If the TMD was ship-based, the Chinese would be even more worried because these assets could be used to safeguard Taiwan—perhaps even play a role in encouraging the island to make a bid for independence
  5. e a. Instead of assigning fixed numbers and parity, it assigns a general range to which the parties involved should confine themselves. This range gave the treaty's members more flexibility.
    b. The brevity of the actual treaty—a sharp distinction from the old arms control.
    c. The degree of trust and good faith it placed in the other members of the treaty—it's informality.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. By basing themselves in Japan, and defending Japan from potential enemies, the Americans take away any justification for a re-armament of Japan. This prevents a security dilemma between Japan and China from spiralling out of control. However, by asking for a more active Japanese role in the Alliance, the Americans may actually cause instability.
  2. • no state, external (US) or internal has the power to overlay the region
    • China lacks the coercive ability and the civilization attractiveness it once possessed
    • China has negative soft-power
    • Asia has too many substantial powers within it to allow one power to dominate
  3. - Cooperative security: Regulate the military forces for mutual benefit of all parties.
    - Collective security: Defend integrity of states within a group.
    - Collective defense: Defend all members of an alliance against outside aggressors.
  4. -- Relationships between United States and the Latin American countries.
    -- Latin American states do not balance the United States, but rather accommodate it.
    -- As long as Latin American states rhetorically support basic US goals and intentions such as democracy and capitalism, the United States either provides material benefits or does not interfere in these states' affairs.
    -- However, if one of the Latin American states moves too far away from US interests or rhetoric, the US sends punitive expeditions to the regions to restore order.
    -- On the whole, these states adjust to the inevitable power and influence of the United States.
  5. - Increased complexity of political landscape
    - Tension and arms race in certain regions increased.
    - WMD proliferation to rouge nations and groups
    - 1990s climax of arms control
    - Setback by Bush's emphasis on unilateral approach to security

5 True/False questions

  1. How is the potential reunification of Korea a source of worry for other nations in the region?-- Tokyo worries that a unified Korea might see Japan as its 'natural enemy.'
    -- Beijing worries that a unified Korea, under Seoul's rule and with the US-ROK alliance still intact, would remove its current bugger and could place a US ally closer to its borders.
    -- Seoul's rule is seen as a far more attractive choice, something that should give Beijing cause for pause.


  2. What are the powers of the UN Security Council?a. The Security Council, of which there are five permanent members (the US, France, the UK, China, and Russia—the five acknowledged nuclear states) and 10 other members elected biannually to the council, has the authority to deploy troops drawn from UN member countries;
    b. It can mandate cease-fires during conflict;
    c. It can impose economic penalties on countries for violating their UN or other international security obligations;
    d. It can dispatch or impose military operations, economic sanctions, arms inspections, human rights and election monitors, etc.


  3. How did Moscow initially react to Bush's withdrawal of the ABMT?a. It played the threat card: It tried to frighten Europe into persuading the US not to abandon the ABMT. Then it announced that it would withdraw from START II.


  4. What is the backlash towards the China's purported Sinocentric model? In other words, what have been the results of China's Sinocentric interpretations of and actions in the region?--a) South Korea, instead of letting down its guard in regards to N. Korea, is working even closer with the US on the issue.
    b) Japan, despite financial crisis is expanding its defence capabilities and working even closer with the US
    c) Many states in Southeast Asia have tightened security ties with the US
    d) Indo-US ties have also advanced


  5. How has the US discouraged Asia from achieving its own independent security measures?• balancing power falls to China alone thus little desire for security regimes such as ASEAN to play a more central role
    • projects nuclear non-proliferation in a strong way
    • cultivates Japan as a military dependant
    • traditionally opposed Asian multilateral security initiatives.