international relations theory

A woman walks next to posters commemorating the 60th anniversary of France's famous comic characters Asterix and Obelix in Paris on Oct. 9.

Can Comics Save International Relations?

Academics need to get better at reaching non-experts. Narrative media offer one possibility.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters patrol the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Tal Abyad on the border with Turkey on Oct. 31.

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.

An F-16CJ flies over the Eglin land range as the pilot releases a GBU-31 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition during a test mission on Feb. 25, 2003.

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.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde welcomes Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and others at the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Fukuoka, Japan, on June 9.

Experts Get Multipolarity All Wrong

Don’t discount the G-20. In a world with no hegemon, coordinating bodies are more important than ever.

Chinese flags in Chaoyang Park in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2006.

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.

Supporters wave U.S. flags as they attend the Rally for America event at Marshall University stadium May 24, 2003 in Huntington, West Virginia.

You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying

There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.

A battle scene in HBO's Game of Thrones.

IR Theory and ‘Game of Thrones’ Are Both Fantasies

They draw on the same narrow slice of European history—and get it wrong anyway.

A settlement is seen against the skyline of Manila’s financial district in the Philippines on Aug. 17, 2017.

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.

An old billboard displaying a U.S. flag stands on the United States’ side of the U.S.-Mexico border in California on April 3.

The Age of Nostalgia

Liberals shouldn’t leave emotion to the right-wing populists.

Indian devotees and foreign tourists take part in Holi festival celebrations in Pushkar, India, on March 2, 2018. (Shaukat Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images)Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month, and will be celebrated on March 2 this year. / AFP PHOTO / Shaukat Ahmed        (Photo credit should read SHAUKAT AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)

International Relations Theory Doesn’t Understand Culture

The main schools of thought still cling to an outdated understanding of how civilizations work.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is reflected in a mirror during a press conference in West Palm Beach on March 5, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Taming the President of Pride

Here’s what Hobbes and Locke can tell us about Trump.

Henry Kissinger with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on October 10, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

The Ratification of the Treaty of Münster, 15 May 1648. (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam via Wikimedia Commons)

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.