Chapter 3: Theories of International Relations


The US and the UK appreciate you joining the coalition and secretly agree to support your nuclear program. Additionally, your gesture of support encourages a number of other important countries to join the coalition.

However, Iran takes your declaration and simultaneous militarization of US warheads as a highly threatening gesture and accelerates the testing process. A nuclear test now seems imminent, and secret intelligence shows that Israel is readying for a public nuclear test in response to any Iranian test.

What do you do now?

Maintain the status quoKeep US warheads ready and deployed. Demand that Iran back down. Meet with coalition members to create plan of action in case of conflict. (Realism)
Hold bilateral talksTry to bring Israel and Iran to the table to agree to an armistice and a reduction in nuclear capacity. (Liberalism)
Use multilateral negotiations to try to diffuse the conflictInclude relevant Iranian allies as well as key Israeli allies to help diffuse tension between Iran and Israel. (Liberalism)
Withdraw from the coalitionThink of domestic economic pressures. Publicly declare opposition to both Iranian and Israeli nuclear tests, but declare unwillingness to engage in any pre-emptive military action. Withdraw to protect overseas economic interests. (Marxism)