Ayselin YILDIZ Yaşar University

INRL209 International Relations Theories

caveman_fire_develop_theories_1549935(Fall, 2016)

Monday 16:30-18:20 (Y212), Thursday 12:30-13:20 (Y317)

Wednesday 10:30-11:20 (C005)- Friday 13:30-15:20 (C005)

Office Hours: Thursdays 14:00-15:00 (Y620)

Course Syllabus



Final Exam Date: January 11, 2017 13:00-14:30
Y215 (Wed-Friday Group)
Y216 (Monday-Thursday Group)


Make-up Lecture (for both section): 27.12.2016, 14:30-16:20, C109


Midterm Exam Results (For each section-check the excel sheets)


Case Study Example: 

The War In Iraq

Summary Table Part I

Summary Table Part II

Case Study Exercise: Afghanistan Invasion

Papers to be debated in class:
(will be added each week)

  1. Pinar Bilgin, Berivan Elis.(2008) “Hard power, Soft Power: Toward a More Realistic Power Analysis”. Insight Turkey. 10 (2). pp.5-20
  2. Stephen M. Walt. “International Relations: One World, many Theories”.Foreign Policy.No. 110, Special Edition: Frontiers of Knowledge. (Spring, 1998)
  3. Daniel Drazner. “Where have all the big international relations theories gone?”. Washington Post, September 14, 2016 (will be debated on the week of 17-21 October)
  4. Waltz, K. (1993): ‘The Emerging Structure of International Politics’, International Security 18(2) pp.44-79. (will be debated on the week of 17-21 October)
  5. G.John Ikkenberry (2009) “Liberal Institutionalism 3.0:America and the Dilemmas of Liberal World Order” Perspective on Politics. 7(1): 71-89 (week of 24-28 October 2016)
  6. George Fridman. “A War between Two Worlds”. January 13, 2015
  7. Francis Fukuyama. “End of History”. 1989. The National Interest (For both sections, the week of 5-9 December)
  8. March Lynch, “Kissinger the Constructivist”, October 21, 2014 (Section I, December 1; Section II December 14)



Topic Submission due date
What are the six principles of Hans Morgenthau’s political realism  12.10.2016
17.10.2016 (for new students)
How do liberals explain modernization of state?  19.10.2016
Citing to Wendt (1999), briefly explain the three cultures of anarchy. Explain the Hobbsian, Lockean and Kantian perspectives  30.11.2016

Watched during the lectures:

Structural Realism-John Mearsheimer

Concept of “Anarchy”




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