This week we’re focused on the mainstream IR theories of Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism.
After reading our Lessons and the Wilkinson reading, please pick one theory and complete the steps below:
- Define the theory in your own words — what are the main ideas?
- What are the strong points of theory?
- What are the weak points?
- Use this theory (and the others if applicable) to explain a current event in international relations.
Remember to define your terms and to support your answer with references.
Youtube videos: Theory in Action
Contending Theories and Policy Choices
Wilkinson, Paul. 2007.
International relations: A very short introduction. Oxford, GBR: Oxford University Press, UK. (Introduction/Realism, Liberal Institutionalism).