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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What To Do About the Zombies

These days the academic community, especially those aspects of it that have pretensions of being considered "science", is thoroughly infatuated with theory. In no field has this fad been more pervasive than in the study of International Relations. Daniel Drezner uses a recent story from the BBC describing attempts to model a war between zombies and humans to explain four of today's most popular theoretical constructs; "structual realism", "liberal institutionalism", "social constructivism", and "neoconservatism".

It's an amusing and informative piece that can give laymen some insight into the ideas informing current foreign policy debates.

Well worth the time to read and think about it.

Check it out here. And check out the comments too; for the most part they're pretty good.