Realism

Nature Plays Last: Realism, Post-Realism, Post-Pandemic

Francis A. Beer and Robert Hariman • Jun 7 2020 • Articles
COVID 19 is a crisis for both world politics and for international relations theory. Pandemic effects make it evident that theorists have ignored crucial actors and phenomena.

Opinion – Challenges to the Realist Perspective During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Gazala Fareedi • May 6 2020 • Articles
The pandemic has truly made us question the limiting theories of global politics which posits self-regarding/egoistic behavior by states as the only natural behavior.

Opinion – Realism and the Coronavirus Crisis

Frederick Kliem • Apr 11 2020 • Articles
While it cannot help to solve the problem, IR theory can aid our understanding of how states behave amidst the global Covid-19 crisis.

Review – Quantum Mind and Social Science

Rainer Ricardo • Mar 10 2020 • Features
Alexander Wendt claims the supremacy of scientific realism by establishing a synthesis between two irreconcilable ontologies: the physical and social.

Machiavelli as Misogynist: The Masculinization of Fortuna and Virtù

Sarah Clifford and Scott N. Romaniuk • Nov 27 2019 • Articles
Although Machiavelli’s founding of Realist thought in politics was revolutionary, one must consider the nuanced misogynistic intonations he utilized throughout his piece.

Review – Thucydides on Choice and Decision Making: Why War is Not Inevitable

Kyriakos Mikelis • Nov 19 2019 • Features
Ilias Kouskouvelis' latest book provides a meticulous content analysis of Thucydides' work, which focuses on choice and decision-making in relation to war and peace.

Review Feature – The US Foreign Policy Consensus in Crisis

Richard W. Coughlin • Oct 9 2019 • Features
Richard Coughlin analyses Kagan and Walt's decade old debate on IR theory, the clash between realism and liberalism and how it ties into modern politics in the Trump era.

Review – Thucydides on the Outbreak of War

Alexandros Koutsoukis • Aug 5 2019 • Features
Jaffe's excellent and accessible book deals with the state of the art literature on realism and constructivism and challenges realist interpretations of Thucydides.

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.

Student Feature – Theory in Action: Realism and ISIS

Sandrina Antunes and Isabel Camisão • Jun 17 2019 • Student Features
Realism often yields strong results as a tool of analysis, as examing the rise of the Islamic State group in the years after the Iraq invasion demonstrated.

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