This page contains links to Duck of Minerva Working Papers and Symposia. All papers are formatted in PDF. Symposia entries are in HTML.

Working Papers

  1. Daniel H. Nexon, “In Praise of Mid-Range Tools: Using Historical Institutionalism to Bring Context and Dynamics Analysis to International Relations,” 0.2012 (15 April 2012).
  2. Stuart J. Kaufman, “Constructivism, Social Psychology, and Interlocking Theory,” 1.2012 (25 June 2012).
  3. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, “Fear of Relativism,” 2.2012 (18 July 2012).
  4. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and Daniel H. Nexon, “I CAN HAS IR THEORY?” 1.2013 (8 January 2012).


  1. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, ed. “Iain M. Banks’ Hydrogen Sonata” (December 2012).  Chris Brown: A Triumphant Return to Form | Gerard van der Ree: Learning from Utopia Iver B. Neumann: Religion and the Sublime | Patrick Thaddeus Jackson: Actors on the Sci-Fi Stage | Dan Nexon: To Sim, Perchance to Dream | Iain M. Banks’ reply | All Posts
  2. Matthew Kroenig, Todd Sechser, and Matt Fuhrmann. “Debating the Benefits of Nuclear Superiority for Crisis Bargaining (March 2013). Kroenig: Part ISechser and Fuhrmann: Part II | Kroenig: Part III | Sechser and Fuhrmann: Part IV | All Posts
  3. David Lake, Alexandre Debs, and Nuno P. Monteiro on the Causes of the Iraq War (July 2013). Debs and Monteiro: Part I | David Lake: Part II | Debs and Monteiro: Part III | All Posts
  4. The End of International Relations Theory?  The end of International Relations theory? Tim Dunne, Lene Hansen and Colin Wight. Response: Inanna Hamati-Ataya. 6 September 2013 | Leaving theory behind: Why simplistic hypothesis testing is bad for International Relations. John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt. Response: Dan Reiter. 7 September 2013 | The mother of all isms: Causal mechanisms and structured pluralism in International Relations theory. Andrew Bennett. Response: Stacie E. Goddard. 8 September 2013 | The poverty of Grand Theory. Chris Brown. Response: David Edelstein. 9 September 2013 | Constructivism or the eternal return of universals in International RelationsCharlotte Epstein.Response: Vivienne Jabri. 10 September 2013 | The ends of International Relations theory: Stages of reflexivity and modes of theorizing. Stefano Guzzini. Response: Cameron Thies. 11 September 2013 | International theory in a post-paradigmatic era: From substantive wagers to scientific ontologies.Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and Daniel Nexon. Response: Janice Bially Mattern. 12 September 2013 | Theory is dead, long live theory: The end of the Great Debates and the rise of eclecticism in International Relations. David A. Lake. Response: Phil Arena. 13 September 2013 | Beyond metatheory? Christian Reus-Smit. Response: Milja Kurki. 14 September 2013 | Experiencing the end and afterlives of International Relations/theory. Christine Sylvester. Response: Lauren Wilcox. 15 September 2013 | Core, periphery and (neo)imperialist International Relations. Arlene B. Tickner. Response: Naeem Inayatullah. 16 September 2013 | In the beginning: The International Relations enlightenment and the ends of International Relations theory. Michael C. Williams. Response: Daniel Levine. 17 September 2013 | Response to the Special IssueFelix Berenskoetter. 18 September 2013.