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Who are the top international-relations specialists? Surprise! Scholars have a very different view than policymakers do

While we are on the subject of political science, also in the interesting forthcoming article by Desch and Avey is a fun page that shows the top scholars in international relations, as ranked first by fellow academicians and second by policymakers: The scholars’ favorites Alexander Wendt Robert Keohane James Fearon John Mearsheimer Joseph Nye Robert ...

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While we are on the subject of political science, also in the interesting forthcoming article by Desch and Avey is a fun page that shows the top scholars in international relations, as ranked first by fellow academicians and second by policymakers:

The scholars’ favorites

Alexander Wendt

Robert Keohane

James Fearon

John Mearsheimer

Joseph Nye

Robert Jervis

Martha Finnemore

Peter Katenstein

Tied-Kenneth Waltz, John Ikenberrry, David Lake

The policymakers’ favorites

Joseph Nye

Samuel Huntington

Henry Kissinger

Francis Fukuyama

Zbigniew Brzezinski

Robert Jervis

Thomas Schelling

Fareed Zakaria

Kenneth Waltz

Tied–George Kennan, Albert Wohlstetter, Graham Allison, Hans Morgenthau, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bernard Lewis

It is interesting how little overlap there is. All I can say is that Joseph Nye, Robert Jervis and Kenneth Waltz must be doing something right.

While we are on the subject of political science, also in the interesting forthcoming article by Desch and Avey is a fun page that shows the top scholars in international relations, as ranked first by fellow academicians and second by policymakers:

The scholars’ favorites

Alexander Wendt

Robert Keohane

James Fearon

John Mearsheimer

Joseph Nye

Robert Jervis

Martha Finnemore

Peter Katenstein

Tied-Kenneth Waltz, John Ikenberrry, David Lake

The policymakers’ favorites

Joseph Nye

Samuel Huntington

Henry Kissinger

Francis Fukuyama

Zbigniew Brzezinski

Robert Jervis

Thomas Schelling

Fareed Zakaria

Kenneth Waltz

Tied–George Kennan, Albert Wohlstetter, Graham Allison, Hans Morgenthau, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bernard Lewis

It is interesting how little overlap there is. All I can say is that Joseph Nye, Robert Jervis and Kenneth Waltz must be doing something right.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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