What do Realists believe in?

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  • What does Realism believes in?
    • Realists believe in the BILLIARD BALL MODEL
      • This is where bigger states will have greater influence and impact over smaller states.
        • These states will push into each other (through war & religion), and will pull from each other (through trade and strong economies).
    • They believe that humans are self seeking, and that power politics is produced by a combination of egoism and anarchy.
      • Due to state egoism, states will pursue national interest and will come into conflict with each other.
        • This shows the tendency within human nature towards self seeking competition.
      • In a system of anarchy and self help, states are forced to reply on self help (military force) to achieve survival and security.
        • E.g. The Cold War between the USA and USSR.
      • This shows that state behaviour is guided by self interest (not morality).
        • Due to state egoism, states will pursue national interest and will come into conflict with each other.
          • This shows the tendency within human nature towards self seeking competition.
        • In a system of anarchy and self help, states are forced to reply on self help (military force) to achieve survival and security.
          • E.g. The Cold War between the USA and USSR.
    • Realists believe in STATE CENTRISM
      • This is where states are key actors in the world stage.
        • This is an implication of international anarchy.

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