2020
DOI: 10.1177/1354066120926706
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Abstract: Realism has long been criticized by global IR, but the former can contribute to the latter and thereby improve explanations of international relations. Global IR criticizes that realism supposedly applies universally, sidelines non-Western perspectives, and misunderstands much of foreign policy, grand strategy, and international affairs. Reviewing global IR’s case against realism, however, exposes avenues for realism to complement global IR. Realism can contribute to a more global understanding of internationa… Show more

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“…Systemic conditions have been examined in some party research -notably within neoclassical realism. 102 The emphasis has usually been on the effect of the Cold War's end, but changes in systemic conditions and their implications for party politics have not been theorized much beyond this. Partly this is because initial research on political parties in FPA, needing to establish its relevance first, took aim at the structural theories which might now help us understand the interaction between parties and the changing international order.…”
Section: Parties and Global Ordermentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Systemic conditions have been examined in some party research -notably within neoclassical realism. 102 The emphasis has usually been on the effect of the Cold War's end, but changes in systemic conditions and their implications for party politics have not been theorized much beyond this. Partly this is because initial research on political parties in FPA, needing to establish its relevance first, took aim at the structural theories which might now help us understand the interaction between parties and the changing international order.…”
Section: Parties and Global Ordermentioning
confidence: 99%
“…This way, it offers space for us to balance agency and structure as well as material and non-material elements – something that most IR structural theories have failed to do. Foulon and Meibauer (2020) had already claimed that NCR could, without provoking ontological dissonance, interact with other non-Western thought and disciplines, learning how to expand its explanative value and improving its relevance within IR. Agreeing with this statement and taking up the challenge, this article expands NCR's scope and range by showcasing the theory's utility to Middle East Studies.…”
Section: Neoclassical Realism and Grand Strategymentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Under these lenses, MBS’ Saudi Vision 2030 becomes a central tool for institutionalizing a new strategy that is, in fact, long in the making. Second, the article builds on current discussions about de-Westernizing the Realist intellectual canon by interacting with Middle East Studies literature, bringing Area Studies closer to IR (Foulon and Meibauer, 2020; Hurrell, 2016). The idea is that NCR has the needed flexible paradigmatic boundaries to add insights from MES scholars into the Realist worldview, providing a two-level theorization that emphasizes the importance of state-level factors – such as identity, perception and ideational preferences, issues that area specialists constantly stressed as vital to understanding the region.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…It presents an opportunity for scholars to contribute new puzzles, cases and concepts to a still-growing school of thought, and thereby recapture some of the broader realist tradition's dynamism. 119 While NCR is not geared towards any particular method, the above suggests two fruitful directions for neoclassical realist theorising.…”
Section: How Would We Know and Why Does It Matter?mentioning
confidence: 99%