Author profile: Brian C. Schmidt

Brian C. Schmidt is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. He has published extensively on the disciplinary history of International Relations and his most recent publications include “On the History and Historiography of International Relations” In Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse, and Beth Simmons, eds, Handbook of International Relations, Second Edition (Sage, 2013), and International Relations and the First Great Debate (Routledge, 2012).

The End of Great Debates?

The End of Great Debates?

The story of great debates is a dominant part of the self-image of IR. The contours of a new debate over whether we have reached the end of IR theory is already taking shape.

The First Great Debate

The First Great Debate

Eighty plus years after the debate between idealists and realists allegedly occurred, the ‘first great debate’ continues to occupy a central place in IR’s historical consciousness. Yet, we now have a better understanding of the historiography of the field.

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