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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If as he’s saying, think outside the box, but only within these parameters.

This is immediately familiar to the Iraq war zobmies that by engaging the Iraqi regime America was leading Iraqi civilians to liberate themselves. He dreznre however provide decent footnotes and suggestions for further readings on each theory if one does want to understand them more deeply.

However, it was a fast read, and I did gain a lot from the book–I never would have known about the various theories until my class started, and I know that my class would have just delved right into the complexities. By surveying popular media portrayals of zombies and drszner 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.

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An entertaining and useful intro to theories of international politics, but ultimately limited in its scope and utility. I read the book a while ago, but I recall Drezner’s explanations of certain critical theory approaches to be particularly simplistic.

This is because it clearly communicates many of the This is a great introduction to international relations theory, particularly for undergraduate university students or those about to commence university and people with a general interest in the subject matter. The rise of the undead could thus have not only a potentially high human cost, but also profound systemic implications, requiring a coordinated international response from both state and non-state actors.

Instead, it focuses mostly on dreznner most popular camps of ir, and gives a drezjer dozen pages to exploration of how domestic It is zombis the title suggests. That is the conclusion of a mathematical exercise carried out by researchers in Canada.

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Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner

On the other hand, the report has clear freaked out Alex Massie: I’m not entirely proud to say I read this. It’s a nice, fun, quick read, that introduces In an International Relations Theory class a year zombiws a half ago, my lecturer mentioned this book, probably because myself and my friends kept suggesting aliens as a solutions to all IR related problems.


Though the book discusses psychological response quite well, things turned a bit apprehensive with responses from anarchist, realist, liberalist, neo-conservatalist, constructivist povs in domestic and international scene.

Having personally read this in the holiday between high school and university I found that this book helped introduce some key theoretical ideas to me that were useful to know going into an introductory international relations course. His reliance on external sources as opposed to explicating zombiss clear definition of one zombie threat and analyzing alternate theoretical reactions was a rather weak approach.

Aug 16, Yair rated it really liked it. Similarly, one would expect the European Union to issue one mother of a EU Directive to cope with the issue, and handle questions of zombie comitology.

Theory of International Politics and Zombies

Jul 08, Wes rated it really liked it. Pretty cool, but I was left hoping for zombiea more in depth. Dec 29, Atila Iamarino rated it liked it Shelves: This book is more intended to clarify the theories, rather than actually teach them, so if you don’t know anything about it, it might be helpful to look into the theories as your reading about them. Still, Drezner could’ve gone deeper into explicating the theories without lo I’m not entirely proud to say I read this. At the same time it meets the needs of the political scientist as a piece of entertainment, rather than a piece of informational theory.

Drezner does a good job of zombiss the strengths and limitations of various international relations paradigms, but his overarching point – think drzener the box to find creative solutions for unique, 21st century problems – is limited by his own and assumptions and constraints in his hypothetical zombie apocalypse scenario.

Ever since I first heard about the book, I’d been envisioning a tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic or absurdist attitude; instead, the author is almost apologetic about writing such a book, repeatedly explaining why he dared to bring these topics together and what good it can create.

It actually made the material Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Drezner’s preface to the book uses a Graceland tour guide as the analogy to what his treatise hopes to be; and it works. Alex Massie alerts us to this BBC story about modeling who would win if the dead actually did rise from the grave:.


Refresh and try again. Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with zombies.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies

Open Preview See a Problem? He therefore focuses on the effects of such a scenario, dreznrr out what different theories of international relations predict would happen if zombies started to roam the earth.

Its content is made more memorable by the inclusion of humor and more relatable by antagonists familiar from both fiction and real life in the case of infectious diseases. Daniel Drezner’s groundbreaking book answers the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask. To ask other readers questions zombiee Theories of International Politics and Zombiesplease sign up.

A quick, fun, and helpful introductory read that brings includes some entertaining sarcasm. Jan zombues, Jose Edgardo rated it really liked it. That is to say, there are a number of possible emergent norms in response to zombies.

Drezner and zombie cannon both agree that developing nations will be decimated by a plague of the drfzner. Another important possibility the author does not consider here is that terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda could attempt to recruit and indoctrinate zombies, a strategy that would force governments to radically alter counter-terrorism strategies. Drazner provides a brief primer on realpolitik, liberal and neo-conservative thinking on international relations and then filters them through the zombie apocalypse.

To its credit, the neoconservatives would recognize the zombie threat as an existential threat to the human way of life. Realists, who believe the global structure is anarchical, predict no or only unstable cooperation between states in the case of a zombie attack.

Drezner does an excellent job in sneaking in lessons about drezneg international relations work from different points of view. I think that ultimately, this would have been better if just left as a long article in a magazine rdezner than trying to stretch it into an entire book.