Master’s Program in International Public Administration (MIPA) International Relations Theory

Ilias Kouskouvelis, Professor in I.R. Theory

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The course offers an in depth knowledge of the International Relations theory. Through the study of classical and internationally recognized texts, such as those of Thucydides, E.H. Carr, H. Morgenthau, H. Bull, M. Wight, K. Waltz, J. Mearsheimer, R. Keohane, and others, the students are familiarized with the dominant International Relations theories, concepts and methodological approaches. It is expected, at the end of the course, that students will have developed the necessary conceptual abilities and skills in order to approach critically the I.R. theoretical issues, and to grasp the realities of international politics.


Paul R. Viotti and Mark V. Kauppi (1999), International Relations Theory, 3rd edition, Boston: Allyn and Bacon

Art, Robert J., Jervis, Robert (2005), International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues, 7th Edition, N. York: Pearson

Louis Henkin (1979), How Nations Behave: Law and Foreign Policy, N. York, Council on Foreign Relations

Course entities – reading material

1 – 2.  

– Thucydides, Historiae

– Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, 5th Edition, Revised, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, pp. 4-15, “Six principles of Political Realism.

– Ilias Kouskouvelis (2003), Introduction to International Relations, Piotita (in Greek)

– Bull, Hedley (1966), “International Theory: The Case for a Classical Approach”, World Politics, 18 (3): 361-377.

– Bull, Hedley (1972), “The Theory of International Politics, 1919-1969”, in The Aberystwyth Papers: International Politics, 1919-1969, edited by Brian Porter, 30-55. London: Oxford University Press [for the University College of Wales].

– Gustafson, Lowell S., Thucydides’ theory of international relations: a lasting possession, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 2000.

– Johnson, Laurie M., Thucydides, Hobbes and the interpretation of Realism, DeKalb, Northern Illinois University Press, 1993.

3.  Carr Edward (2001), The twenty years crisis 1919-1939. An introduction to the study of International Relations, N. York, Perennial

–  Clark, Ian (2009), “Towards an English School Theory of Hegemony”, European Journal of International Relations, 15:2, 203-228.

–  Herz, John H. (1981), “Political Realism Revisited”. International Studies Quarterly, 25(2): 182-197.

–  Mearsheimer, John J. (2005), “E.H. Carr vs Idealism: The Battle Rages On”, International Relations, 19(2): 139-152.

5. Bull Hedley (1977), The Anarchical Society, A study of order in World Politics, N. York, Columbia University Press.


–  Harris, Ian (1993), Order and Justice in “The Anarchical Society”, International Affairs, 69(4): 725-741.

–  Lake, David (1996), “Anarchy Hierarchy and the Variety of International Relations”, International Organization, 50(1): 1-33.

6.  Waltz Kenneth (1959), Man, the State, and War, N. York, Columbia University Press.

Waltz Kenneth (1979), Theory of International Politics. Reading, Addison-Wesley.

–  Buzan, Barry and Richard Little (1996), “Reconceptualizing Anarchy: Structural Realism Meets World History”, European Journal of International Relations, 2:4, 403-38.

– James, Patrick (1995), “Structural Realism and the Causes of War”, Mershon International Studies Review, 39(2): 181-208.

– Waever, Ole (2009), “Waltz’s Theory of Theory”, International Relations, 23(2): 201-222.

– Waltz, Kenneth N. (2000), “Structural Realism after the Cold War”, International Security, 25(1): 5-41.

7.  Mearsheimer J. John (2001), The Tragedy of Great Powers Politics, N. York, W. W. Norton & Company.

–  Mearsheimer, John J. (2009), “Reckless States and Realism”, International Relations, 23(2): 241-256.

–  Schweller, Randall and Priess, David (1997), “A Tale of Two Realisms: Expanding the Institutions Debate”, Mershon International Studies Review, 41(1): 1-32.

–  Snyder, Glenn H. (2002), “Mearsheimer’s World-Offensive Realism and the Struggle for Security: A Review Essay”, International Security, 27(1): 149-173.

8.  Keohane O. Robert & Nye S. Joseph, Power and interdependence, Little & Brown, Boston, 1977.

     Holsti Kale, ‘The Necrologists of International Relations’, Canadian Journal Of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, Vol.18, pp.675-695.

–  Gilpin, Robert (1971), “The Politics of Transnational Economic Relations”, International Organization, 25(3): 398-419.

–  Jervis, Robert (1998), “Realism in the Study of World Politics”, International Organization, 52(4): 971-991.

–  Keohane, Robert O. (1998), “International Institutions: Can Interdependence Work?”, Foreign Policy, 110 (Special Edition): 82-96, 194.

–  Keohane, Robert O. and Nye, Joseph S. Jr. (1998), “Power and Interdependence in the Information Era”, Foreign Affairs, 77(5): 81-94.

– Keohane, Robert O. & Waltz, Kenneth N. (2000-2001), “The Neorealist and His Critic”, International Security, 25(3): 204-205.

9. Integration theories

Ilias Kouskouvelis (2003), Introduction to International Relations, chapter 10 (in Greek).

11.  International Organization and International Politics

Προτεινόμενοι σύνδεσμοι:

Conversations with History: John Mearsheimer 

Conversations with History: John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt

Conversations with History: Joseph S. Nye 

Conversations with History: Kenneth N. Waltz

Conversations with History: Robert Jervis

Conversations with History: Robert O. Keohane 

Conversations with History: Stephen D. Krasner,