n 1994, Mearsheimer argued that only realism explains the international system and dismissed other approaches to international institutions. Question: does Mearsheimer’s argument apply in 2014? Remember to incorporate terminology correctly into the discussion, identifying the differences and relationships between international organizations, international institutions, and international regimes. These are overlapping concepts and there is much debate about their relationships, as the Lesson notes explained.

I look forward to reading your posts and providing feedback on the discussions!


Reading  resources


Mearsheimer, John. 1994. The false promise of international institutions. International Security 1994/5: 5-49.





Moldoveanu, Marcel. 2013. Regional integration and international cooperation: Between wishes and reality. Romanian Economic and Business Review 8(3) 111-119.


Students will be able to:

  • Apply theories of realism, liberalism, and constructivism to the study of international organizations.
  • Engage debates about the validity of realism and liberalism.
  • Conduct a critique of Mearsheimer’s (1994) article.

In this lesson, we will discuss:

  • Whether Mearsheimer’s frequently-cited (1994) arguments are applicable to the international system.
  • The merits of different debates about realism and liberalism.
  • Add topics that will help students prepare for the forums.

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