Episode 19: “W” Stands for “Canonical Realist”

Jul 30, 2021

PTJ and Dan pick up where they left off – on Chapter 5 of Arnold Wolfers’ Discord and Collaboration. There’s a lot going on, including a discussion of revisionism, the question of whether “friendship” is possible in world politics, and the distinction between “power” and “influence.” They cover classic essays on, for example, the balance of power and “‘National Security’ as an Ambiguous Symbol.” They ask if Wolfers offers an alternative vision of the study of realpolitik… and if that vision is still relevant more than fifty years later.

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Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of International Studies in the School of International Service, and also Director of the AU Honors program. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Relations and Development, and is currently Series Editor of the University of Michigan Press' book series Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics.