Classical Realism

Student Feature – Theory in Action: Classical Realism and Migration

Felix Rösch and Richard Ned Lebow • Aug 5 2019 • Student Features

Classical realism accommodates diverse human interests, and the resulting self-reflexivity helps to accept life trajectories influenced by cultural or historical factors.

Review – The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth

Luke Cooper • Jul 4 2019 • Features

Mandelbaum’s book is an analytically flawed, contradictory and unconventional piece of realist scholarship that considers the instability of the post-Cold War period.

When Hard Power Shrinks: The Midlife Crisis of Realism

Tony C. Lee • Jan 14 2018 • Articles

Despite significant amendments, realism still suffers from empirical inconsistency. The reason is straightforward: its fundamental principles of power never change.

The Realism of Holy See Foreign Policy

Luke Cahill • Feb 27 2017 • Articles

The Holy See adheres to a realism that differs from classical realism in that it succeeds in disconnecting the Church’s theology to its foreign policy practice.

Review – Religion and the Realist Tradition

Brent J. Steele • Sep 26 2015 • Features

While assessing how realism addresses religious issues in world politics, this collection also explores the role of religion in the intellectual development of IR theory.

Best Friends Forever? Classical Realism and Critical Theory

Felix Rösch • Jun 20 2014 • Articles

Contrary to common belief, classical realism and critical theory share an under-acknowledged historical and intellectual proximity.

Kenneth Waltz: The Man Who Saved Realism

Ian Hall • Jun 24 2013 • Articles

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

Robert W. Murray • May 14 2013 • Articles

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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