Author profile: Robert L. Oprisko

Robert L. Oprisko

Robert L. Oprisko is an Editor-at-large of E-International Relations and a Director of the website’s Editorial Board. He is a Research Associate at Indiana University’s Center for the Study of Global Change. His research focuses on contemporary political philosophy, international relations theory, and critical university studies. He has published Honor: A Phenomenology (Routledge 2012) and Michael A. Weinstein: Action, Contemplation, Vitalism (Routledge 2014), and is currently writing both Existential Theory of International Politics and The United States’ Nobility: American Exceptionalism at Home and Abroad. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University. You can reach him via email.

Chasing Prestige in the Academy: How the System Undermines Itself

Chasing Prestige in the Academy: How the System Undermines Itself

Instead of education being a great social leveler, prestige seeking has reinforced the competitive advantage of the rich and powerful – undermining the viability of many universities.

Call for Papers – Resurrecting International Relations Theory

Call for Papers – Resurrecting International Relations Theory

Resurrecting IR Theory will be a special issue for the journal ‘Politics’ with corresponding response articles, interviews, reviews, and commentary published at E-IR.

Rapid Fire: Is the Ukraine Crisis the West’s Fault? Part 1

Rapid Fire: Is the Ukraine Crisis the West’s Fault? Part 1

Because Russia cares too much and Europe cares too little for Ukraine, a state’s sovereignty is shattered, its people divided, and its future is now uncertain.

Entropy Versus Thought Traditions: IR Theory Isn’t Dead Yet

Entropy Versus Thought Traditions: IR Theory Isn’t Dead Yet

Despite evidence to the contrary, IR Theory is enjoying a renaissance in novel and dynamic ideas that will keep theorists entertained and debating for years to come.

Egypt’s Three-Card Monte: The Arab Spring and Human Revolution

Egypt’s Three-Card Monte: The Arab Spring and Human Revolution

Egypt represents an exceptional case of disregard for structural authority, which undermines the need for formal governance and the purpose of the state.

IR Theory’s 21st Century Experiential Evolution

IR Theory’s 21st Century Experiential Evolution

The shared experiences of the 21st century are leading to a shift in IR theory. These new directions are leading to a multi-disciplinary approach that moves away from focusing on the state.

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