Posted: August 24th, 2021


Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 500 words.

In 1994, Mearsheimer wrote an influential article in which he argued that only realism explains the international system and dismissed other approaches to international institutions. After reading the lesson notes and all of the assigned articles from this week, please compose a post that addresses each of the three points below.

Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Mearsheimer’s perspective on international institutions, 
Evaluate the counterarguments offered by Pevehouse and Russett (2006), and Ruggie (1982), and 
Assess how relevant the realist paradigm is for making sense of international institutions and international regimes today.  

Reading Material
· Grieco, Joseph M. 1988. “Anarchy and the Limits of Cooperation: A Realist Critique of the Newest Liberal Institutionalism.” International Organization 42(3): 485-507.

Mearsheimer, John. 1994. “The False Promise of International Institutions.” International Security 1994(5): 5-49.

Pevehouse, Jon, and Bruce Russett. 2006.  “Democratic International Governmental Organizations Promote Peace.” International Organization 60(4): 969−1000.

Ruggie, John Gerard. 1982. “International Regimes, Transactions, and Change: Embedded Liberalism in the Postwar Economic Order.” International Organization 36(2): 379−415.

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