Category Archives: NATO

To Play Nice or Not? – Gar Meng Leong

This week’s readings take a critical approach on Mearsheimer’s opinions, who claimed that realism is the only approach that is valid in today’s context of states co-operating, and this is due to the fact that there is no governing authority to police each state effectively. Achieving interdependence under institutionalist theory can be tricky, although achievable, and the nature of it has changed, in my opinion. Continue reading To Play Nice or Not? – Gar Meng Leong


Nothing New to See Here: Questioning Today’s Major Power Relations –Anthony DeSantis

This week’s readings have lent themselves—quite well, might I add—to the notion that not much has changed on the international stage in terms of power relations. Granted, many of the more ostentatious trappings of the Cold War are now gone. Our palate of key actors has seen some considerable transformations as well. And many of the issues we now confront are arguably inherent to a world of more globalization, more accessible information, and more powerful non-state actors. Nonetheless, our work this week has strong-armed me into recognizing that international organizations are indeed competing with the age-old politics of balances-of-power. Furthermore, these same international organizations may be proving inflammatory to those politics.  Continue reading Nothing New to See Here: Questioning Today’s Major Power Relations –Anthony DeSantis

Sovereignty’s Perpetuity – Ricardo Blanco

The sovereign state system is more present today than in any other moment in history. Sovereign states have given way to the ability to create supranational, intergovernmental organizations, amongst others. Moreover, the creation of the sovereign state and the prevalence of such has given rise to many other fundamental institutions in international relations that would have been impossible if sovereign states would have not risen after the Peace of Westphalia. An example of this is the North Atlantic Treaty Association. The world still needs territorially delimited sovereign states. Continue reading Sovereignty’s Perpetuity – Ricardo Blanco

Blogging for SIS 280 – Prof. Michael Schroeder

Blogs have become a common tool for communicating ideas and analyzing developments in global governance. Further, many organizations have increasingly asked staff or recruited analysts to write blog posts to enhance the organization’s social media presence, engage others in the field, highlight important developments and explain its work to important constituencies. Continue reading Blogging for SIS 280 – Prof. Michael Schroeder