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Using a mix of course material and outside sources, analyze the current situation between Ukraine and Russia from a variety of theoretical perspectives (use at least two: neorealism, liberalism, constructivism, and/or Marxism).

(I also suggest the upcoming readings on domestic politics)

This conflict is somewhat complicated: steeped in history, transnational economic linkages, and traditional power rivalries. You do not have to cover everything, but you do need to demonstrate a firm grasp of international relations theory as it relates to this current event.

You can find all of these articles as a PDF in your goggle search egine just copy and paste the following: REMEMBER ATLEAST 2 THEORIES 

Week 3: Neo-Realism (Anarchy)

-Neo-Realism and its Critics, chapters 1-5 -Walt, Stephen. 1985. “Alliance Formation and the Balance of Power.” International Security 9(4): 3-43.

-Waltz, Kenneth. 2012. “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb.” Foreign Affairs 91(4): 2-5.

Week 4: Neo-Realism and its (reluctant) Critics

-Neo-Realism and its Critics, chapter 6, 7 & 9-11 -Andrew Morvacsik and Jeffrey Legro. 1999. “Is Anybody Still a Realist?” International Security 24 (2): 5-55.

-Helen V. Milner. 1991. “The Assumption of Anarchy in International Relations Theory: A Critique.” Review of International Studies 17(1): 67-85.

-Walt, Stephen M. 2018. “The World Wants you to Think Like a Realist.” Foreign Policy, May 30.

Week 5: Liberalism: International Institutions -Robert Axelrod and Robert Keohane. 1985. “Achieving Cooperation under Anarchy: Strategies and Institutions.” World Politics 38 (1): 226-254.

-James Fearon. 1998. “Bargaining, Enforcement, and International Cooperation.” International Organization 52 (2): 269- 305.

-Judith Kelley. 2007. “Who Keeps International Commitments and Why? The International Criminal Court and Bilateral Nonsurrender Agreements.” American Political Science Review, 101 (3): 573-589.

-Beth A. Simmons, Frank Dobbin, and Geoffrey Garrett. 2006. “Introduction: The International Diffusion of Liberalism.” International Organization 60 (4): 781-810.

-Allison, Graham. 2018. “The Myth of the Liberal Order: From Historical Accident to Conventional Wisdom.” Foreign Affairs 97 (4): 124-133

Week 6: Liberalism: Democratic and Capitalist Peace Theory -G. John Ikenberry. 2001. “American Power and the Empire of Capitalist Democracy.” Review of International Studies 27(5): 191-212.

-Erik Gartzke. 2007. The Capitalist Peace. American Journal of Political Science 51(1): 166-191.

-Christopher Layne. 1994. “Kant or Cant: The Myth of the Democratic Peace.” International Security 19(2): 5-49.

-John MacMillan. 2012. “Hollow Promises? Critical Materialism and the Contradictions of the Democratic Peace.” International Theory 4(3): 331-366.

-Michael Mann. 1999. “The Darkside of Democracy: The Modern Tradition of Ethnic and Political Cleansing.” New Left Review 235 (May-June): 18-46.

Week 7: Constructivism

-Alexander Wendt. 1992. “Anarchy is What States Make of It: The Social Construction of Power Politics.” International Organization 46(2): 391-425.

-John Ruggie. 1998. “What Makes the World Hang Together? Neo-utlitarianism and the Social Constructivist Challenge.” International Organization 52(4): 855-85.

-David A. Lake. 2007. “Escape from the State of Nature: Authority and Hierarchy in World Politics.” International Security 32 (1): 47-79.

Week 8: Marxism and Critical Theory

-Robert Cox. 1981 “Social Forces, States and World Orders: Beyond International Relations Theory.” Millennium: Journal of International Studies 10: 126-155. (Neoliberalism and its Critics, Chapter 8)

-Wallerstein, Immanuel. 1974. “The Rise and Future Demise of the World Capitalist System.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 16(4): 387-415.

-Frank, Andre Gunder. 1966. “The Development of Underdevelopment.” Monthly Review 18(4): 17-31.

-Mann, Michael. 2004. “The First Failed Empire of the 21st Century.” Review of International Studies 30 (4): 631-653.

Week 9: Domestic Politics

-Bruce Buena de Mesquita, James D. Morrow, Randolph M. Siverson, and Alastair Smith. 1999. “An Institutional Explanation of the Democratic Peace.” American Political Science Review 93 (4):791-807.

-James D. Fearon. 1994. “Domestic PoliticalAudiences and the Escalation of International Disputes.” American Political Science Review 88(3): 577-592.

-Jessica L. Weeks. 2012. “Strongmen and Straw Men: Authoritarian Regimes and the Initiation of International Conflict.” American Political Science Review 106(2): 326-347.