Alexander Wendt Anarchy Theory

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Alexander Wendt (1992) wrote his article "Anarchy is What States Make of it" and to a large extent Wendt is right in saying that. One cannot call it an original theory because already earlier theorists had spoken about anarchy starting from Hobbes himself.


Wendt is more with the realists when they say that the state system is in a state of anarchy and that the states are competing for survival. Theorists agree that Wendt's theory has important implications for the advancement of international politics. "Contrary to neorealism's static materialist structuralism, Wendt's social theory bears on the 'tranformative potential' of international politics. His theory claims to reveal the potential for a more cooperative international relations,"
International Relations is supposed to have started with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, from where the modern system of States emerged and since then, various theories have cropped up. Answering a question why we have to thearise everything, Brown says: "For the majority of theorists in this area, the answer is clear - explain in order to predict, predict in order to control, or if control is impossible, then at least to minimise the consequences of undesirable states of affairs and take advantage of whatever opportunities exist," (Brown, 2002, p.12).
This word comes from the German word, realpolitic meaning foreign policy based on practical concerns, and the word attained its cr ...
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