Essential Readings in World Politics by Karen A. MingstIll be using this as a supplement for my upcoming Intro to IR class. Essays Im planning to assign:
-Jack Snyder, One World, Rival Theories
-Thucydides, Melian Dialogue
-George F. Kennan The Sources of Soviet Conduct
-Hans Morgenthau, A Realist Theory of International Politics (Mearsheimer optional)
-Michael Doyle, Liberalism and World Politics
-Alexander Wendt, Anarchy is what States Make of it
-J. Ann Tickner, Man, the State, and War: Gendered Perspectives on National Security
-Sam Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations
-Carl von Clausewitz, War as an Instrument of Policy
-Thomas Schelling, The Diplomacy of Violence
-Moses Naim, The Five Wars of Globalization
-William Easterly, The Healers: Triumph and Tragedy
-Amartya Sen, Universal Truths: Human Rights and the Westernizing Illusion
Rival Theory, presenter DSS 2012
The classical theories of international relations attempt to encapsulate the complex interactions between human beings in a multivariate world. International relations scholars and policymakers have used the liberal, realist and constructivist theories to explain and or predict interactions between groups or nations. These theories have also been used to justify action, whether via the military or the implementation of policy.
Karen A. Mingst
Jack Snyder, One World: Rival Theories, Foreign Policy, No. 145 (Nov.-Dec. 2004), pp. 53-62.
Snyder's research centers around the relationship between violence and government. He is known for introducing the distinction between offensive and defensive realism into the international relations literature in his book Myths of Empire. Snyder was born in February in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He attended Harvard University as an undergraduate, receiving a B. From to he was on the research staff of the Wednesday Group a grouping of liberal Republicans , and later the foreign policy staff of Illinois senator Charles H. He pursued graduate studies at Columbia University, first receiving a certificate from the Harriman Institute then known as the Russian Institute in before receiving his PhD in international relations in
The U. The intelligence community faces radical restructuring; the military has made a sharp pivot to face a new enemy; and a vast new federal agency has blossomed to coordinate homeland security. But did September 11 signal a failure of theory on par with the failures of intelligence and policy? Familiar theories about how the world works still dominate academic debate. Instead of radical change, academia has adjusted existing theories to meet new realities. Has this approach succeeded? Does international relations theory still have something to tell policymakers?
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The idea of organizing this RBPI special issue was born in April , during an event organized to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the first undegraduate program in International Relations in Brazil at the University of Brasilia. The keynote speech, deliverd by Andrew Hurrell on the subject of pluralizing IR, was like a seed falling into a soil fertile with the discussions that were already taking place at the Institute of International Relations, particularly in light of recent disciplinary developments that have highlighted the importance of history, geography and culture for problematizing the "international". Tickner participated, became the basis for launching the Call for Papers.