Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.
Welcome to a Conversations with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute
of International Studies. Our guest today is Kenneth Waltz, who was the Ford
Professor of Political Science at Berkeley. He also taught at Swarthmore and
Brandeis, and now is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.
Professor Waltz is a former President of the American Political Science Association
and a recipient of its James Madison Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions
to Political Science. He's the author of numerous books including Man, the State, and War; Theory
of International Politics; Foreign Policy and Democratic Politics; and,
co-authored with Scott Sagan, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons.
- Background ... education ... learning
grammar ... economics ... literature and philosophy ... influence of the Lewises
... influence of economic theory
- Being a Political Theorist ... two
kinds of theorists ... studying philosophy of science ... identifying a field
of study ... example of economics and the physiocrats ... arguement against
international politics as a field ... evaluating usefulness of a theory ...
what a theory does ... examining causal factors ... explanation, not necessarily
- A Theory of International Politics
... Man, the State, and War ... relevance of philosophy of science literature
... anarchy as organizing principle ... unequal distribution of capability
... changing the number of great power actors
- The Idea of Structure in International Relations
Theory ... state interrelations vary ... unipolar world: globalization
or Americanization? ... controversial view of bipolar world
- A Unipolar World ... unsurprising
collapse of the Soviet Union ... China's perception of Soviet power ... danger
of unchecked power
- Deterrence and Rogues ... links among
rogue regimes ... Bush doctrine of preemption ... preemption vs. prevention
... Iraq and weapons ... rogues are survivors ... unlikelihood of Iraq losing
control of nuclear weapons ... deterrence works against states ... nuclear
vs. chemical or biological weapons ... deterrence and nonstate terrorists
... preventing nuclear terrorism ... North Korea
- Conclusion ... preparing for the
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