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Symposium — Leaving Theory Behind: Why Simplistic Hypothesis Testing is Bad for IR

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt. It is the third installment in our "End of IR Theory" companion symposium for the special issue of the European Journal of International Relations. SAGE has temporarily ungated all of the articles in that issue. This post refers to the article of the same name (PDF). A response, authored by Dan Reiter, will appear at...

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About Symposia
The Duck of Minerva occasionally runs symposia. These consist of a collection of linked pieces that engage with one another on a specific topic; they always involve at least some guest contributors.

Notable examples include a series of companion posts to the European Journal of International Relations special issue on “The End of IR Theory” (2011) and a discussion of Iain M. Banks’ The Hydrogen Sonata (2012).

You can scroll down to see a number of our symposia.

Five Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me in Graduate School

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Kathleen R. McNamara and the Art of Mentoring

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The Hydrogen Sonata

Does Nuclear Superiority Pay?

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The Causes of the Iraq War

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The End of IR Theory?

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