A Realist Reply

  title={A Realist Reply},
  author={John J. Mearsheimer},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={82 - 93}
  • J. Mearsheimer
  • Published 22 January 1995
  • Economics
  • International Security
The central question raised in "False Promise" is straightforward and widely recognized in the international relations literature: can international institutions prevent war by changing state behavior? Specifically, can institutions push states away from war by getting them to eschew balance-of-power logic, and to refrain from calculating each important move according to how it affects their relative power position? Realists answer no. They believe that institutions cannot get states to stop… 

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