By Steve A. Yetiv, Patrick James
This edited quantity breaks new flooring via innovatively drawing on a number of disciplines to augment our knowing of diplomacy and conflict. the growth of data throughout disciplines and the more and more blurred barriers within the actual global either permit and insist considering throughout highbrow borders. whereas multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary are widespread buzz phrases, remarkably few books improve them. but doing so can sharpen and extend our standpoint on educational and actual global concerns and difficulties. This publication deals the main entire remedy to this point and is a useful source for college students, students and practitioners.
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This occurs largely through group dynamics driven in part by a partial group leader whose preferences can prevail in part because of groupthink dynamics. For its part, the bureaucratic politics model illuminates factors that may shape each player's perceptions, preferences, and likely course of action. It informs us that preferences will be derived based on the bureaucracies from which individuals hail and from bargaining among individuals. These interests, in competition, may ultimately shape the international behavior of actors more than concern for perceived national interests.
Historians who are especially interested in theory—some of it even IR theory—also should cooperate more with theory-oriented IR scholars. We see little published work of this kind. Yet, historians, as Gaddis points out, must strike a balance between particularization and generalization (see Gaddis 2002: esp. 14–15), as must many IR scholars, and so there is an area of intersection that can be exploited better. HISTORY, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND CONFLICT 33 While history can inform theory building, it can also benefit the related enterprise of testing.
W. Bush operated within a context of personal, domestic, global, and historical constraints. That was revealed in using the multiple perspectives of the integrated approach. However, testing these perspectives against the record also showed that he was also a decisive actor in direct and subtle ways. The individual mattered in history. Bush’s past personal experiences in the World War II and his use of the Munich analogy shaped his cognitive map and decisions that led to war. Indeed, at crucial junctures, he invoked the analogy both publically and privately and it firmed him against allowing Iraq any type of face-saving withdrawal from Kuwait; it also pushed him, and in turn, many of his key advisers, to want to see Saddam cut down to size.