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The Tale of a ‘Realism’ in International Relations

The Tale of a ‘Realism’ in International Relations

The tale of a contiguous Realist tradition, running the gamut from Thucydides to Morgenthau, occludes these thinkers’ strong normative commitments.

Interview – Stephen Walt

Interview – Stephen Walt

Professor Walt discusses the Syria crisis, the value of “isms” in IR theory, and advises students to be good writers and work on subjects that genuinely fascinate them.

Review – China’s Search for Security

Review – China’s Search for Security

Comprehensive, persuasive, and empathetic, Nathan and Scobell offer a fresh look at what could easily be a stale litany of threats to China’s rise and a thorough treatment of China’s security policies.

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.

Lost in Translation? Importing the English School to America

Lost in Translation? Importing the English School to America

Robert Murray’s edited collection ‘System, Society and the World’ illustrates the value of a pluralist approach under the umbrella of English School research.

Waltzian Metatheory: A Rejoinder to Brittnee Carter

Waltzian Metatheory: A Rejoinder to Brittnee Carter

A recent article on e-IR examined some of the metatheoretical implications of Waltz’s 1979 Theory of International Politics. Though an excellent analysis, there are some points to add.

The Politics of the Realist/Liberal Divide

The Politics of the Realist/Liberal Divide

Stephen Walt recently pointed out that realist academics tend to be solitary while liberals often collaborate and write jointly. However, he misses a crucial point that needs to be added to the discussion.

Kissinger at 90: Still a Force to Be Reckoned With?

Kissinger at 90: Still a Force to Be Reckoned With?

Kissinger’s realism retains great value today, but the underlying beliefs in American exceptionalism which were used against him have not disappeared from American political life.

Kenneth Waltz: The Man Who Saved Realism

Kenneth Waltz: The Man Who Saved Realism

When Kenneth Waltz passed away International Relations lost one of its finest theorists. But, Waltz’s greatest legacy to IR was his revival – indeed, his resurrection – of realism.

Reflecting on Kenneth Waltz

Reflecting on Kenneth Waltz

As professors, students and lovers of international relations, we walk in the shadows of giants. Our field lost one of its giants yesterday with the passing of the undisputedly influential Kenneth Waltz.

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