Political Theory

Liberty, Liberalism, and International Relations


This colloquium explored the main paradigms in international relations theory and discussed whether liberalism provides any guidance for thinking about international relations, and if so, what the implications were.


Conference Readings

Bandow, Doug. “Washington Should Not Defend Ukraine Or Expand NATO: U.S. Should Shift Responsibility For Europe’s Defense to Europe.” Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/dougbandow/2014/04/07/washington-should-not-defend-ukraine-or-expand-nato-u-s-should-shift-responsibility-for-europes-defense-to-europe/ (November 14, 2014).

Bandura, Albert, “The role of selective moral disengagement in terrorism and counterterrorism” In Understanding terrorism: Psychological roots, consequences and interventions, edited by F. M. Mogahaddam and A. J. Marsella, 121-150. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2004.

Boettke, Peter J. and Christopher J. Coyne. “Liberalism in the Post 9/11 World.” Indian Journal of Economics and Business (2007): 35–53.

Buchanan, Allan, “Justifying Preventive War” In Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification, edited by Henry Shue and David Rodin, 126-142. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Epstein, Richard A. “The Pax Americana is Dead.” Hoover Institue (August 2014): 1-2.

Evans, Gareth and Mohamed Sahnoun. “The Responsibility to Protect.” Foreign Affairs 81, no. 6 (2002): 99-110.

Grieco, Joseph M. “Anarchy and the Limits of Cooperation: A Realist Critique of the Newest Liberal Institutionalism.” International Organization 3, no. 42 (1988): 485-507.

Haar, Edwin van de. Classical Liberalism and International Relations Theory: Hume, Smith, Mises, and Hayek. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Leeson, Peter T. “Efficient Anarchy.” Public Choice 130, no. 1-2 (2007): 41–53.

Mearsheimer, John J. “Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin.” Foreign Affairs (2014 September/October): 1-12.

Rothbard, Murray N. The Ethics of Liberty. New York: New York University Press, 2002.

Tesón, Fernando R., “The Liberal Case for Humanitarian Intervention” In Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical, Legal, and Political Dilemmas, edited by J. L. Holzgrefe and Robert O. Keohane, 93-129. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Vidmar, Jure. “EJIL: Talk!––Crimea’s Referendum and Secession: Why It Resembles Northern Cyprus More than Kosovo.” Blog of the European Journal of International Law. http://www.ejiltalk.org/crimeas-referendum-and-secession-why-it-resembles-northern-cyprus-more-than-kosovo/ (July 9, 2014).

Walt, Stephen M. “International Relations: One World, Many Theories.” Foreign Policy 29, no. 110 (1998): 29-44.

Weede, Erich. “The Diffusion of Prosperity and Peace by Globalization.” Independent Review 2, no. 9 (2004): 165-186.