Balance of Threat Theory: Assumptions & Example


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According to the balance of threat theory, what is the main thing that generally motivates states' international relations?

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1. The balance of threat theory was designed largely in reaction to what other popular theory of the time?

2. The balance of threat theory first emerged in what era?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions will quickly measure your knowledge of the balance of threat theory. You will be asked to explain what this theory purports and how it is applied in the real world.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet combo, you'll test your understanding of:

  • The theory that balance of threat was created to counter
  • When this theory originated
  • The main motivator for a state's international relations

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as some of the changes to this theory since it was first created
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the four main elements that a state uses to evaluate a threat
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what this theory says about a nation's actions and when it was originally developed

Additional Learning

If you are still curious about this theory of international relations, read or watch the lesson titled Balance of Threat Theory: Assumptions & Example. This lesson will help you understand:

  • The creator of this theory
  • Goals this theory sought to achieve
  • The relative positions of the U.S. and USSR in the closing days of the Cold War