International Relations


This course introduces the relevant theories and practicum to understand political events at an international level. It will examine the behaviour, formal/informal rules, and the evolving organization of the international society of nation-states. Moreover, the course will look at the consequences of hyper-globalization for nation-states’ activities, and their engagement with each other.

Lectures and Readings

1. The Development of the Nation State [handout]

  • Held, D. (1992) “Democracy: From City-states to a Cosmopolitan Order?”, Political Studies 40: 10-39.

2. Nationalism and Sovereignty [handout]

  • James, A. (1999) “The Practice of Sovereign Statehood in Contemporary International Society”, Political Studies 47(3): 457-473.

  • Osiander, A. (2001) “Sovereignty, International Relations and the Westphalian Myth”, International Organization 55(2): 251-287.

  • Krasner, S. (2001) “Think Again: Sovereignty”, Foreign Policy (January/February).

3. National Interest and the Balance of Power [handout]

  • Ferguson, N. (2003) “Hegemony or Empire?”, Foreign Affairs (September/October).

  • Layne, C. (2012) “This Time It’s Real: The End of Unipolarity and the Pax Americana”, International Studies Quarterly 56: 203-213.

  • Ikenberry, G.J. (2008) “The Rise of China and the Future of the West. Can the Liberal System Survive?”, Foreign Affairs (Jan/Feb): 23-37.

4. Processes and Mechanisms of International Co-operation [handout]

  • Snyder, J. (2004) “One World, Rival Theories”, Foreign Policy (November/December): 53-62.

  • Rose, G. (1998) “Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy”, World Politics 51(1): 144-172.

  • Der Derian, J. (2003) “War as Game”, Brown Journal of World Affairs 10(1): 37-48.

5. Economic Statecraft [handout]

  • Rodrik, D. (2000) “How Far Will International Economic Integration Go?”, The Journal of Economic Perspectives 14(1): 177-186.

  • Gill, S. (2003) “American Transparency Capitalism and Human Security: A Contradiction in Terms?”, Global Change, Peace and Security 15(1): 9-25.

6. Legal and Moral Rules [handout]

7. Reforming Global Governance for 21st Century Challenges [handout]

  • Kahler, M. (2017) “Regional Challenges to Global Governance”, Global Policy 8(1): 97-100.

  • Keohane, R.O. (2015) “Nominal Democracy? Prospects for Democratic Global Governance”, International Journal of Constitutional Law 13(2): 343-353.

  • Murphy, C.N. (2015) “The Last Two Centuries of Global Governance”, Global Governance 21: 189-196.

  • Weiss, T.G. and Wilkinson, R. (2014) “Rethinking Global Governance? Complexity, Authority, Power, Change”, International Studies Quarterly 58: 207-215.

8. International Hierarchy and the United Nations [handout]

  • Wendt, A. (2003) “Why a World State is Inevitable”, European Journal of International Relations 9(4): 491-542.

  • Bolton, J.R. (2000) “Should We Take Global Governance Seriously?”, Chicago Journal of International Law (1/2): 205-222.

9. Alliances, Neutrality and Collective Security [handout]

  • Mansfield, E. and Snyder, J. (2002) “Democratic Transitions, Institutional Strength, and War”, International Organization 56(2): 297-337.

  • Tannenwald, N. (1999) “The Nuclear Taboo: The United States and Normative Basis of Nuclear Non-Use”, International Organization 53(3): 433-468.

10. International Organizations and Non-State Actors [handout]

11. Regionalism [handout]

12. The Global World [handout]

  • Ferguson, N. (2005) “Sinking Globalization”, Foreign Affairs 84(2): 64–77.

  • Mann, M. (1997) “Has Globalization Ended the Rise and Rise of the Nation State?”, Review of International Political Economy 4(3): 472-496.

13. Global Trade [handout]

  • Copeland, D.C. (1996) “Economic Interdependence and War: A Theory of Trade Expectations”, International Security 20(4): 5-41.

  • Sachs, J. (2001) “The Strategic Significance of Global Inequality”, The Washington Quarterly 24(3): 187-198.

14. The Impact of the Environment [handout]

  • Levy, M. (1995) “Is the Environment a National Security Issue?”, International Security 20(2): 35-62.

  • Homer-Dixon, T. (1991) “On the Threshold: Environmental Changes as Causes of Acute Conflict”, International Security 16(2): 76-116.

  • Pelletier, N. (2010) “Of Laws and Limits: An Ecological Economic Perspective on Redressing the Failure of Contemporary Global Environmental Governance”, Global Environmental Change 20(2): 220-228.

15. Global Poverty [handout]

  • Weber, H. (2004) “Reconstituting the ‘Third World’? Poverty Reduction and Territoriality in the Global Politics of Development”, Third World Quarterly 25(1): 187-206.

  • Pogge, T. (2005) “World Poverty and Human Rights”, Ethics and International Affairs 19(1): 1-7.

16. Global Problems and the Future of International Society [handout]