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A Vision of a New International System

Carnegie Council
“Paul Collier: Predictions for the Geopolitical Future”

Synopsis:
An excerpt from a discussion of the future of the international system. Paul Collier argues that the largest nations of the world must work together to manage global change.

Critical Thinking Questions:

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Collier argues for rule by the largest states. What is the likely response from other states in the international system?
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Which theoretical perspective would be most likely to accept Collier’s argument? Which theoretical perspective would be least likely to accept it? In each case explain your answer using the materials in the text.
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Changing Power Relations

Russia Today
“On the Rise: BRIC Ready to Recast World Order”

Synopsis:
A news report on the increasing coordination between Brazil, Russia, India, and China (the “BRIC countries”). This report deals with the rise of the BRIC countries as a challenge to the hegemony of the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Critical Thinking Questions:

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Does the rise of the BRIC states represent a fundamental change to the nature of the international system? If so, in what way and with what likely consequences? If not, how does their rise in power affect the functioning of the existing system?
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How would the major theoretical perspectives see the rise of the BRIC states within the international system?

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These video clips and associated critical thinking questions provide real-world insights into international relations.