International Relations

Lord Patten of Barnes: Domestic Politics and Global Leadership

Lord Patten of Barnes

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, for a discussion of the challenges facing political leaders as they manage domestic politics charged with nationalism in an interdependent world. Focusing on the case of the United Kingdom, Lord Patten analyzes these forces and their impact on leadership, on political choices, and on the conduct of elections. He discusses the May, 2015 British elections comparing the leadership styles of Thatcher, Blair, and Cameron. He also analyzes Europe’s relations with China and Russia. He...

Kishore Mahbubani: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World

Kishore Mahbubani

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcome Professor Kishore Mahbubani for a discussion of his new book, The Great Convergence. Professor Mahbubani analyzes the global forces propelling global society and economy toward one world. He also discusses the failure to develop a structure for global governance. In dissecting this contradiction he explains how existing global institutions provide an inadequate response for the global transformation that is occurring. Geopolitics and the lingering dominance of the victors of World War II are seen as primary obstacles to...

Kenneth Waltz: Theory and International Politics

Kenneth Waltz

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with renowned political scientist Kenneth N. Waltz, about theory, international politics, and the U.S. role in world affairs.

KEYWORDS: Theory, Power, Realism, State Power.

Trita Parsi: Iran, Israel, and the United States

Trita Parsi

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Trita Parsi,President of the National Iranian American Council, for a discussion of the struggle for power in the Middle East. Drawing on the perspective of the Realist School of International Relations Theory, he focuses on the region's dominant powers--Israel and Iran--and examines the evolution of their relations with each other and with the United States, the world's only superpower.

KEYWORDS: Iran, Israel.

Tom Farer: Confronting Global Terrorism: The Elements of a Liberal Grand Strategy

Tom Farer

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes international lawyer and policy analyst Tom Farer for a discussion of the different world views of liberals and neo-conservatives within the foreign policy community. He analyzes their different perspectives on the U.S. role in the world, on the problem of terrorism, and their choice of means for the conduct of foreign policy. He also discusses the historical continuity in U.S. foreign policy.

KEYWORDS: Torture, Strategy.

T.V. Paul: Nuclear Weapons and International Conflict

T.V. Paul

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor T. V. Paul of McGill University for a discussion of the non-use of nuclear weapons since the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Paul analyzes the India-Pakistan conflict and possible routes to stabilization. He alo looks at the factors that account for why the great powers have not used nuclear weapons since WW II and examines the changing international environment that lowers the threshold for use.

Key Words: Pakistan.

T.V. Paul: The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World

T.V. Paul

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations at McGill University, Montreal, for a discussion of his new book, "The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World." Professor Paul analyzes the domestic and foreign policy implications of Pakistan's role as a garrison state in South Asia. Drawing on history, geo-strategic context, and relations with the great powers, he demonstrates how Pakistan's search for parity in its relations with India is critical for understanding why it remains a warrior state mired in a...

John Mearsheimer: Domestic Policy and International Relations

John Mearsheimer

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professors John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Steve Walt of Harvard University for a discussion of how domestic politics influences the making of U.S. policy on the Middle East

Key Words: Political Scientists, Theory, International Relations, Realism, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Josef Joffe: Power and Culture in International Affairs Part 2

Josef Joffe

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler continues his conversation with Die Zeit editor, Josef Joffe. In this episode, they discuss the U.S. role in the world.

KEYWORDS: Germany.

John Mearsheimer: Through the Realist Lens

John Mearsheimer

On this episode of Conversations with History, author and University of Chicago professor John J. Mearsheimer joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler to discuss the Realist theory of international relations and its implications for understanding the U.S. role in the world, future relations with China, and our response to the terrorist threat.…

Key Words: Political Scientists, Theory,...