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Friday, February 24 • 8:30am - 11:15am
CANCELLED The Causes of War, Realism and The New Cold War (Part 1)

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The session’s thesis is that; “Idealistic Rhetoric aside, the causes of war can be reduced to self-interest and for the greater part, the self-interests of Realism.” Realism states that The International System has no governing authority, International Law is a reflection of power and therefore each state is required to make survival, security, power and wealth its priorities. In practice however a state’s policies are influenced by the self-interests of the ruling elite whose interests may or may not reflect the interests of the state. Where they do not, the Ruling Elite usually assume a faux Realist position as in Nixon and Kissinger’s continuance of the Vietnam War for personal political power (The Anna Chennault Affair) and in the Neoconservatives’ War in Iraq for ideological and financial self-interests. A contrary example of the elite taking a non-Realist stance is the offshoring of industry to China for corporate self-interests, which has led to China’s rise. Evidence from past wars, including Canada’s, will be given to support this thesis and participants will be asked to contribute their evidence that may confirm or contradict it. Those opposing war should know that arguing that a war will not accomplish professed humanitarian goals will have no effect on war planners, for humanitarian goals are not actual causes. Those supporting war should also know that professed humanitarian goals are not actual causes. And both should know that actual causes lie within the structure of the International System and some combination of the perceived self interests of nations, leaders and to some extent, citizens. Attendees will participate in a “student” activity discovering analogies between Historical and Current Conflicts and Realist Concepts, such as: Territorial Expansion, Hegemony, Appeasement, Vassalage, Divide & Conquer, Shifting Alliances, Balancing, Bandwagoning, Balance of Power, Rising Power, The Security Dilemma etc. The session and its concepts are very straightforward and suitable for all levels of knowledge.


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Imperial 5 Hyatt
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Science (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)