Goryfying International Politics

Some disciplines never allow for wacky, out-of-the-box thinking and are, therefore, often, academically terrifying.

International Politics is one of them. I should know. I studied it. I would’ve labored under that notion had I not found out about Daniel Drezner’s new book, “Theories of International Politics and Zombies,” which sounds weirdly wonderful.

Drezner writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

I love my field—but I worry about its descent into scholasticism for its own sake. Applying international-relations theory to a zombie-infested world was a way of affectionately but satirically tweaking the field’s strictures.

It became clear that the ability of standard international-relations paradigms to adequately analyze threats is eroding. Most theories are state-centric, but interstate conflict is on the wane.

But the field has been slow to adapt to the plethora of asymmetric threats that we now face.



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