Communicating National Interests

Communicating National Interests

Prepare: Read Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the course text.

Reflect: Effective and timely communications among international actors is essential for a peaceful and predictable international environment. History is replete with examples of both effective, timely communications and ineffective, poorly timed communications between international actors. Effective, timely communications enables actors to share interests, to establish constructive and collaborative relationships, and to maintain stable and progressive foreign affairs. Ineffective, inopportune communications can result in conflict, reduce cooperation, and increase stress and fear among international actors. International disputes, diplomatic incidents, and even wars, have resulted from ineffective, inopportune communications. Success and failure can often be attributed to similar or contrasting theoretical perspectives on how to conduct foreign affairs. Therefore, a more in-depth understanding of how communications are sent, received, and interpreted is needed in order to understand global politics.

Write: In your initial post of at least 200 words, complete only the portions you are assigned:

Identify, from the course text readings on World War I, World War II, and the Cold War, one example from each conflict of effective, timely communications of national interests between international actors.
Explain what factor(s) made the communications effective and timely.

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