Why do states go to war? When should we expect conflict? Does the international system allow for states to peacefully co-exist?

In this lecture, we explore the theoretical perspective of realism and its answers to these questions.

Recommended Readings:

  • Chapter 2 from The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, by John Mearsheimer
  • The Melian Dialogue, from The Pelopponesian War, by Thucydides
David I. Crabtree
David I. Crabtree
Graduate Political Science Student