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Realist avenues to global International Relations

Foulon, Michiel and Meibauer, Gustav (2020) Realist avenues to global International Relations. European Journal of International Relations. ISSN 1354-0661

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Identification Number: 10.1177%2F1354066120926706

Abstract

Realism has long been the focus of global IR’s criticism, but the former can contribute to the latter and thereby improve explanations of international relations. Global IR criticizes that realism supposedly applies universally, sidelines non-Western perspectives, and misunderstands much of foreign policy, grand strategy, and international affairs. Reviewing global IR’s case against realism, however, exposes avenues for realism to complement global IR. Realism can contribute to a more global understanding of international relations through its most recent variant: neoclassical realism (NCR). This newest realism allows for contextualization and historicization of drivers of state behavior. It can embrace and has already been engaging global questions and cases; global thought and concepts; and global perspectives and scholarship. Mapping 149 NCR publications produced by 96 scholars reveals a slow shift in knowledge production away from North America towards Europe and to a lesser extent Asia and Africa. Creative research designs and scholarly collaboration can put realism in fruitful conversation with global IR. This has implications for theory building and inclusive knowledge production in realism, global IR, and the wider discipline. Only when we discover new avenues for realists to travel can they contribute to a more global IR. In turn, if global IR scholars engage realism, they may be better able to address the Western versus non-Western dichotomies they challenge.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: International Relations
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2020 11:21
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 23:31
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/105585

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