Friday, April 10, 2009

IR theory for Valentine's

Didn't know how I could have missed this: Steve Walt writes about how IR theory can provide insights for people in love.  (Hey Grace, I TOLD you! Finish that book I had you read yet?)

Below is the first paragraph-- just to give you a taste of it:
To begin with, any romantic partnership is essentially an alliance, and alliances are a core concept on international relations. Alliances bring many benefits to the members (or else why would we form them?) but as we also know, they sometimes reflect irrational passions and inevitably limit each member's autonomy. Many IR theorists believe that institutionalizing an alliance makes it more effective and enduring, but that’s also why making a relationship more formal is a significant step that needs to be carefully considered.

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