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What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living? Daniel Drezner’s groundbreaking book answers the. Book review. Theories of International Relations and Zombies. By Daniel W. Drezner. Princeton University Press, (U$ WATERLOO – A “zombie gap in international relations” must be addressed if humanity is to be safeguarded from the perils of the undead.

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Instead, it focuses mostly on the most popular camps of ir, and gives a couple dozen pages to exploration of how domestic It is what the title suggests. The importance of incorporating pop culture into policymaking was very much highlighted in this book.

Already have an account? Be the first to ask a question about Theories of International Politics and Zombies. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously referred to as the “unknown unknowns” zombjes international security.

This is immediately familiar to the Iraq war idea that by engaging the Iraqi regime America was leading Iraqi civilians to liberate themselves. But what will our leaders do? Intention behind reading this book, and the book as well, was to make International Political theories interesting for a casual reader, under the pretext of hypothetical apocalypse involving flesh-eating ghouls.

Drezner’s intentions are not so grand, nor are they so earnest. Daniel Drezner’s groundbreaking book answers the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner

Drezner presents good questions. You know what your weapons are, who your teams are. To ask other readers questions about Theories of International Politics and Zombiesplease sign up.


However Drezner summarizes the main aspects and points of the theories quite well at the beginnings of each chapter. Take an insightful professor of international politics with a great sense of humor, mix in the entire canon of zombie lit and cinema, and you have the recipe for a delightfully fun and irreverent look at the “what ifs” of a world gone mad with brain eating hordes.

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The rise of the Global South? A liberal institutionalist would argue that zombies represent a classic externality problem of… dying and then existing in an undead state and trying to cause others to do the same.

People dress a zombies for a ‘Fleshmob’ internet generated event on April in London. Refresh and try again.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies

Unless the zombies were all undead white males, feminists would likely welcome the posthuman smashing of existing patriarchal structures. Unfortunately, I fear that constructivists would predict a norm cascade from the rise of zombies.

Each page turned there afterwards left me with a more zomgies and sobering realization than the next that, no, he was indeed not just making a funny. Correcting the zombie gap in international relations thinking and addressing the genuine but publicly unacknowledged fear of the dead rising from the grave, Theories of International Politics and Zombies zpmbies political tactics and strategies accessible enough for any zombie to digest.

International Politics in As a learning tool however, these references are very helpful. A structural realist would argue that, because of the uneven distribution of capabilities, some governments will be better placed to repulse the zombies than others.


Instead, the tone and intention are described well in Zombie’s preface, where the author equates himself with a tour guide of American cultural schlock, whose goal it is “to provide a veritable font of knowledge” to the devout, while “acknowledg[ing] the absurdist nature of the experience. While the threat might be existential, accommodation or recognition are not options. Alas, the effectiveness of the WZO would be uncertain.

Want to Read saving…. I would advise anyone with interest in international politics or in zombies! Drazner provides a brief primer on realpolitik, liberal and neo-conservative thinking o I picked up this book for the zombies, but ultimately I think the best part about it is the basic understanding of theories of international relations. By surveying popular media portrayals of zombies and human responses and combining that data with leading theories of international relations, this Tufts University professor begins to provide a framework in which to predict government actions in such crises.

It takes a subject which can easily be boring, dry, and borderline incomprehensible to anyone outside the field and makes it fascinating, hilarious, and incredibly accessible to the layman.

If you believe in such a doctrine then this is a straw man argument, whereas Drezner might argue he is using the absurd to illustrate the absurd -that is, people affected in military conflict zones will no more be inspired for or capable of self-liberation than zombies to regaining their vitality. I solemnly finished the book.