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“I am so blindsided by the statistic [from Sex and World Peace] that there are now 101.3 men to every 100 women on the planet. Women are no longer half of the planet. More lives are lost from violence against women, sex-selected abortion, infanticide, suicide, egregious maternal mortality, and other sex-linked causes than were lost during all of the wars and civil strife of the twentieth century…From this perspective, the greatest security dilemma is systemic insecurity of women. We are literally affecting the population of the world.”

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“I am so blindsided by the statistic [from Sex and World Peace] that there are now 101.3 men to every 100 women on the planet. Women are no longer half of the planet. More lives are lost from violence against women, sex-selected abortion, infanticide, suicide, egregious maternal mortality, and other sex-linked causes than were lost during all of the wars and civil strife of the twentieth century…From this perspective, the greatest security dilemma is systemic insecurity of women. We are literally affecting the population of the world.”

[The] destructive capability of the United States is so asymmetrically huge vis-à-vis every other nation on Earth that it poses what international relations theorists call a “security dilemma.” Unless other countries can be assured of America’s benign intent, they must rationally treat the United States as a potential threat and take steps to balance and contain American power or defend themselves against it. And efforts to improve U.S. military capacity, which American leaders may see as defensive, may therefore have a negative overall effect on U.S. national security because of the responses they generate. […] American power must be matched by American virtue, or it will ultimately harm both the United States and the global system.
—  The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

My essay prompt in International Relations was given out today. Essentially, we have to explain the Democratic Peace Theory and its relation to the Security Dilemma, along with the critiques of it.

Then we have to analyze how it can be applied to the Pakistan-India tensions and sort of offer our view of it.

The fact that I’m actually excited to fervently argue in favor of the Democratic Peace Theory is just sad. I think my addiction to politics has reached a whole new level haha.

I have absolutely no idea why I’m sharing this lol.