Event Date: January 25, 2016 - 12:00
Location: Social Sciences Building, 120 University Pvt., salle 4004, Ottawa
NICOLAS GUILHOT, New York University.
Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network.
Free. In English with bilingual question period. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
Neorealism is one of the most influential theories of international relations, and its first theorist, Kenneth Waltz, a giant of the discipline. But why did Waltz move from a rather traditional form of realist political theory in the 1950s to neorealism in the 1970s? This talk explores the ideological origins of neorealism and resituates the work of Kenneth Waltz in the context of ongoing debates about the nature of statesmanship in a liberal democracy and of the state of political science in the 1970s.
Nicolas Guilhot is research professor at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and at the Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CIRHUS) at New York University. His publications include The Invention of International Relations Theory: Realism, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the 1954 Conference on Theory (Columbia University Press, 2011), and The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and the Politics of Global Order (Columbia University Press, 2005). He is currently finishing a volume of essays on political realism, After the Enlightenment: Political Realism and International Thought in the Mid-20th Century to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.
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