Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism?
Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.
The Pandemic and the Limits of Realism
The foundational international relations theory has been revealed to be far less realistic than it claims.
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Racism in international relations, the state of the German armed forces, and Hindu nationalism is creeping into Nepal.
The Realist’s Guide to the Coronavirus Outbreak
Globalization is heading for the ICU, and other foreign-policy insights into the nature of the growing international crisis.
Can Comics Save International Relations?
Academics need to get better at reaching non-experts. Narrative media offer one possibility.
The Kurds Are the Nation-State’s Latest Victims
The global order has been stuck with states since 1648. It’s time to move on.
Americans Want Their Leaders to Obey the Laws of War
New research claims that the U.S. public doesn’t care about protecting enemy civilians. It is wrong—and dangerous.
Experts Get Multipolarity All Wrong
Don’t discount the G-20. In a world with no hegemon, coordinating bodies are more important than ever.
The Secret Sources of Populism
It is a direct response to the West’s loss of prestige and authority. And it won’t be the last political trend sparked from the outside.
You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying
There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.
‘Game of Thrones,’ War Crimes, and the American Conscience
Audience anger serves as a warning about indiscriminate violence.
IR Theory and ‘Game of Thrones’ Are Both Fantasies
They draw on the same narrow slice of European history—and get it wrong anyway.
For the Poor, Falling Poverty Numbers Aren’t Always Good News
Chronic poverty may be on the decline, but too many families still face cyclical poverty.
International Relations Theory Doesn’t Understand Culture
The main schools of thought still cling to an outdated understanding of how civilizations work.
Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough
The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough.
Edgar on Strategy (Part X): Build your approach on the understanding that the global state system is here to stay
While some arguments for the decline of the state are insightful and important, none of them have stuck.