Readers of this blog may enjoy Theory Talks, which I recently discovered thanks to a link on Twitter that I cannot remember now. Here’s how the site describes itself:
Theory Talks is an interactive forum for discussion of debates in International Relations with an emphasis of the underlying theoretical issues. By frequently inviting cutting-edge specialists in the field to elucidate their work and to explain current developments both in IR theory and real-world politics, Theory Talks aims to offer both scholars and students a comprehensive view of the field and its most important protagonists.
The interviews tend to follow a pattern of questions, which I like because you can compare views between scholars in different interviews. The three questions they ask in every interview I have read so far are:
- What is, according to you, the biggest challenge / principal debate in current IR? What is your position or answer to this challenge / in this debate?
- How did you arrive at where you currently are in IR?
- What would a student need to become a specialist in IR like yourself?
Here are some interviews with big names to get you started:
- Alexander Wendt – Social Constructivism & UFO’s
- Arend Lijphart – Democracy & Power Sharing
- Robert Keohane – Institutions & Innovation
- James Fearon – Ethnicity & Security Council
- Stephen Krasner – Sovereignty & Failed States
- Bruce Bueno de Mesquita – Game Theory & Fear
- James Scott – Agriculture & Resistance
- Jean-François Bayart – Historicity & State Formation
- Beate Jahn – Classical Theory & the State of Nature