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By Glenn Palmer, T. Clifton Morgan

This e-book offers a basic rationalization of the way states strengthen their overseas coverage. the speculation stands not like such a lot approaches--which suppose that states are looking to maximize security--by assuming that states pursue issues, or items, via their international coverage: switch and upkeep. States, in different phrases, test either to alter facets of the overseas established order that they don't like and continue these points they do like. A state's skill to take action is essentially a functionality of its relative potential, and because nationwide power is finite, a country needs to make trade-offs among guidelines designed to accomplish switch or maintenance.

Glenn Palmer and Clifton Morgan follow their conception to situations starting from American international coverage given that global battle II to chinese language international coverage due to the fact that 1949 to the Suez Canal situation. the numerous implications undergo upon particular regulations similar to clash initiation, overseas reduction allocation, army spending, and alliance formation. relatively priceless are the consequences for overseas coverage substitutability. The authors additionally adopt statistical analyses of a variety of behaviors, and those typically help the theory.

A concept of international Policy represents a huge increase over conventional analyses of diplomacy. not just do its empirical implications converse to a broader diversity of guidelines yet, extra importantly, the booklet illuminates the trade-offs selection makers face in identifying between regulations to maximise application, given a state's goals.

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It is no wonder that politicians are keen to knight the likes of Geldof, or that in 2005 Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were eager to position themselves as the champions of the Make Poverty History campaign, promoting Britain as a ‘great nation’ that stands for cosmopolitan and humanitarian values (Nash 2008: 175). e. ]’ (quoted in Nash 2008: 176). Such mutual self-congratulation and gratification is intoxicating, so much so that Western countries may well have become hooked on it, giving new meaning to the term ‘aid dependency’: as I have suggested elsewhere (Kapoor 2008: 89–90), it is not just that parts of the Third World may have got dependent on humanitarian aid, but also that the First World may be addicted to it because of its potent psycho-symbolic returns.

Disease – the $85 million Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Then, at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2006, he launched Product (RED), which brings together corporate brands and consumers to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa (see Chapter 2 for details). Bono has collaborated closely with Geldof on a number of fronts, including, as just mentioned, the 2005 Live 8/Make Poverty History campaign and the frequent lobbying of political leaders. Their joint efforts have also gone into publicizing development issues in the media: they have guest-edited several newspaper and magazine issues together, usually focusing on Africa – an issue of The Independent in 2006, Bild-Zeitung in 2007, and The Globe and Mail in 2010.

For one, nationalist intoxication is blinding. As underlined in the introductory chapter, enjoyment is irrational and arbitrary, appealing to feeling and passion and sometimes working against our own selfinterest, so that we tend to ‘enjoy our nation as ourselves’ (Žižek 1993: 200; cf. Adorno 1990). It means that people identify with their national myths and heroes without really knowing or understanding them. We feel so proud and ennobled by our national icons (or our national ‘Thing’ as Lacan/Žižek would have it), it’s as if we do know them intimately; we are willing, then, to overlook their imperfections, either through blissful ignorance or disavowal.

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