Welcome to the MIR course blog for 2012

Welcome to the 2012 MIR course blog.  This year, in addition to meeting and discussing readings in class, writing papers and presenting your research, you will also have a chance to blog about issues related to the course.  I hope this will be a way to connect what we are studying in the classroom to issues and news in “the real world” and also a way to sustain contact and communication and perhaps begin to create a bit of a sense of an MIR community over the months ahead.


5 comments on “Welcome to the MIR course blog for 2012

  1. ryankf says:

    Nothing grand to say yet, just testing out the system. Great to meet everyone and looking forward to the coming year.

  2. ryankf says:

    Just finished reading chapter in Holsti The creation of states since 1945 and was suddenly struck by a question: No matter how the “right to rule” is defined, as popular sovereignty or divinity as the author suggests is trending now, there will always be those in “communities” on the inside and those on the outside, the majority and the minority, so how can anyone see a world where conflict and war is anything but inevitable?

  3. ryankf says:

    Thought this line was interesting, “Australia had been concerned that European nations saw the project … as a type of development aid to boost poorer African nations.”


  4. frassminggi says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Conflict and war is inevitable because it is part of our natural emotions as people also want to have cooperation instead of war. It is not about majority or minority. I think preference is not the causal effect of conflict and war. It is located inside our heart and mind.

    Why do people hurt each other? If only everyone could get along. That is impossible. People have emotions, a troublesome attribute that is not only invisible, but also change easily. If it is friendship or love, then that is fine but if by some trigger it changes to malice and vengeance, then that could bring forth thoughts of evil. If parents are fighting all the time, but they still get along well that’s because they love each other. A person can easily become the giver or the receiver of pain. In order to keep something like that from happening, one must always hold good feelings for others.

    In order to avoid conflict and war all we need is trust and that trust is resulted from mutual understanding between others based on dialogue that we want to listen to what each other has to say and be enrich by understanding each other viewpoints. We can be different but why should not we differ? We must find similarity rather than dissimilarity and work it out together to avoid war or conflict by exploitation, arrogance, ignorance or any pre-emptive strike.


    • ryankf says:

      Trust is key, i agree Fass, but like we were talking about yesterday i think another important factor is interdependence. The more connected we are the more difficult it is to fight with one another. The more connected states are in the international community the more they have to lose by fighting. It’s the liberal argument as i see it right now, or perhaps the neo-liberal argument (still trying to understand the difference) – we fight our human instinct to look out for ourselves by creating environments where it’s more beneficial to us as individuals and even states to help one another.


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