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The Tragedy of Great Power Politics
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, sadly shattered these idyllic illusions, and John Mearsheimer's masterful new book explains why these harmonious visions remain utopian. To Mearsheimer,
Back to the Future: Instability in Europe After the Cold War
The profound changes now underway in Europe have been widely viewed as harbingers of a new age of peace. With the Cold War over, it is said, the threat of war that has hung over Europe for more than
The False Promise of International Institutions
ended, Western policymakers have sought to create security arrangements in Europe, as well as in other regions of the globe, that are based on international institutions. In doing so, they explicitly
Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault
The author argues that responsibility for the Russian intervention in Ukraine in 2014, including its annexation of Crimea, lies with the U.S. and the European Union (EU) member state allies. He
Structural Realism
This chapter examines a body of realist theories that argue states care deeply about the balance of power and compete among themselves either to gain power at the expense of others or at least to
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
In this paper, John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago's Department of Political Science and Stephen M.Walt of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government contend that the centerpiece
The False Promise of International Institutions
Since the Cold War ended, Western policymakers have sought to create security arrangements in Europe, as well as in other regions of the globe, that are based on international institutions. In doing
The Gathering Storm: China’s Challenge to US Power in Asia
The United States has been the most powerful state on the planet for many decades and has deployed robust military forces in the Asia-Pacific region since the early years of the Second World War. The
Leaving theory behind: Why simplistic hypothesis testing is bad for International Relations
Theory creating and hypothesis testing are both critical components of social science, but the former is ultimately more important. Yet, in recent years, International Relations scholars have devoted
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