Only realism explains the international system and dismissed other approaches to international institutions

Assignment Instructions

In 1994, Mearsheimer wrote an influential article in which he argued that only realism explains the international system and dismissed other approaches to international institutions. After reading the lesson notes and all of the assigned articles from this week, please compose a post that addresses each of the three points below.

  1. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Mearsheimer’s perspective on international institutions,

  2. Evaluate the counterarguments offered by Pevehouse and Russett (2006), and Ruggie (1982), and

  3. Assess how relevant the realist paradigm is for making sense of international institutions and international regimes today.

 

Required Reading

Grieco, Joseph M. 1988. “Anarchy and the Limits of Cooperation: A Realist Critique of the Newest Liberal Institutionalism.” International Organization 42(3): 485-507.

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Mearsheimer, John. 1994. “The False Promise of International Institutions.” International Security 1994(5): 5-49.

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Pevehouse, Jon, and Bruce Russett. 2006.  “Democratic International Governmental Organizations Promote Peace.” International Organization 60(4): 969−1000.

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Required readings

Ruggie, John Gerard. 1982. “International Regimes, Transactions, and Change: Embedded Liberalism in the Postwar Economic Order.” International Organization 36(2): 379−415.

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