Post Tagged with: "IR theory"

IR and the Pursuit of Knowledge: Endless Theoretical Questions?

IR and the Pursuit of Knowledge: Endless Theoretical Questions?

Questions and reflections drawn from Tim Dunne, Lene Hansen and Collin Wight’s laudable and important EJIR special issue, ‘End of International Relations Theory?’ and its companion symposium.

Syria and the Hegemon’s Dilemma: Ontological Insecurity vs. Imperial Overstretch

Syria and the Hegemon’s Dilemma: Ontological Insecurity vs. Imperial Overstretch

John Kerry may be right that war fatigue is no excuse for inaction in Syria, but imperial overstretch and hegemonic decline very well may be.

Regime Theory and the Study of Outer Space Politics

Regime Theory and the Study of Outer Space Politics

The politics of outer space are not as ‘out there’ as some may think. As neutral territory where multiple actors have interests, the notion of regimes provides enduring explanatory purchase.

The English School, Post-Western IR, and Beyond

The English School, Post-Western IR, and Beyond

The globalization of the English School is currently taking place as non-Western theories develop. It will be interesting to see how this evolves and whether it leads to a post-Western world society.

Review – Militarism and International Relations

Review – Militarism and International Relations

Stavrianakis and Selby’s collection successfully incorporates many diverse perspectives on militarism which affirm their claim that a return of militarism to central IR debates is indeed needed.

The Common Security and Defence Policy and IR Theory

The Common Security and Defence Policy and IR Theory

Realism still provides the most compelling IR theory for analyzing the CSDP. The state maintains military capabilities and the political interests for which such capabilities are required.

The Fallacy of the Realist-Constructivist Dichotomy: A Rejoinder to Robert Murray

The Fallacy of the Realist-Constructivist Dichotomy: A Rejoinder to Robert Murray

Realism is not dead, but it is as problematic to treat the theory as IR’s “core set of ideas” as it is a fallacy to treat constructivism as a recognizable, distinct, and competing theory.

Kenneth Waltz, Metatheorist?: Mind-World Monism in ‘Theory of International Politics’

Kenneth Waltz, Metatheorist?: Mind-World Monism in ‘Theory of International Politics’

The late-Kenneth Waltz’s ‘Theory of International Politics’ is full of metatheoretical implications that have been largely overlooked by scholars and students of International Relations.

Review – Ontological Security in International Relations

Review – Ontological Security in International Relations

Steele’s well-researched book convincingly appends the field’s more materialist notions of security, but the merits lie as much with its novel conclusions as they do with the ideas it inspires.

The Modeling Enterprise in International Relations

The Modeling Enterprise in International Relations

Both theoretical and empirical work is important in IR, but empirical models are not useful for testing theoretical models. A new justification for linking the two is required.

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