Online Resources – Realism

Getting Started with Realism

Theory in Action: Realism (video below)

A Conversation on realism with Robert D. Kaplan & George Friedman

Introduction to realism by Patrick Thaddeus Jackson (podcast)

Introduction to realism: Lecture by Richard Betts (video below)

Realists ‘in the flesh’

Conversation with Kenneth Waltz (video below)

Conversation with Stephen Walt (video below)

Conversation with John Mearsheimer (video below)

John Mearsheimer discussing Structural Realism (video below)

Michael C Williams – The Return of Liberal Realism: The IR Enlightenment and the Ends of IR Theory (podcast)

Brian Rathbun “The Prince” Among Men: Bismarck, the Psychology of Realism, and International Relations (podcast)

Theory Talk with Kenneth Waltz

Theory Talk with Bob Jervis

Theory Talk with Stephen Walt

Theory Talk with John Mearsheimer

Realism in practice

‘The Surrealism of Realism: Misunderstanding the War in Ukraine’ by Alexander J. Motyl

‘Obama the Realist’ by Paul R Pillar

Interview with Kenneth Waltz on Iran’s nuclear proliferation

‘The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?’ by Graham Allison

‘The Emotional Amoral Egoism of States’, by Nayef Al-Rodhan

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