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Weird IR

Deviant Cases in International Relations

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 1-13
  3. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 15-28
  4. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 29-42
  5. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 43-57
  6. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 59-80
  7. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 81-98
  8. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 99-115
  9. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 117-129
  10. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 131-145
  11. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 147-159
  12. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 161-174
  13. David Bell Mislan, Philip Streich
    Pages 175-184
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 185-197

About this book

Introduction

The scholarly study of international relations tends to go over the same cases, issues, and themes. This book addresses this by challenging readers to think creatively about international politics. It highlights some of the strangest and rarest phenomena in diplomacy and world politics. Comprised of a series of vignettes and organized by common themes like nonsensical borders, quasi-countries, and diplomatic taboos, Weird IR encourages readers to think critically about the discipline without losing one's sense of humor completely.

David Bell Mislan is Assistant Professor of International Studies at American University, USA.

Philip Streich is Assistant Professor of Human Sciences at Osaka University, Japan.

Keywords

strange phenomena in diplomacy international relations and deviant case studies strange borders personal relationships between world leaders Sealand unusual international relations events weird facts about international relations international sports in international relations international relations and soccer island nations climate change

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.American UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Human SciencesOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan

About the authors

David Bell Mislan is Assistant Professor of International Studies at American University, USA.

Philip Streich is Assistant Professor of Human Sciences at Osaka University, Japan.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“Mislan and Streich take us down a rabbit hole of diplomatic oddities and deviant cases that strain credulity.  Welcome to the ‘Upside Down’ of IR—a parallel universe where you need a passport to walk out the back door of a tavern, a $2,000 winch ride to visit an arguably sovereign state fashioned from a seaborne anti-aircraft gun platform, and a sense of direction from an Escher drawing to determine whether you're in Bangladesh or India when in Dahala Khagrabari. But seeing the world from the other end of the looking glass is no mere sideshow, and this novel contribution is no novelty act. The authors guide us to new heights from which we can survey familiar landscapes with new perspective. Mislan and Streich are knowledgeable weirdos who breathe life into the otherwise-stuffy dinner party that IR can be.” (Jonathan DiCicco, Director, IR Program, Canisius College, USA)

“Mislan and Streich have long honed their skills as academic raconteurs, and this book is the happy result. Presented in witty, wry detail, they trace the weird outliers of International Relations theory that point to the blind spots in mainstream IR theories. More than an amusing exercise, this book offers an important epistemological intervention: in exploring ‘deviancy,’ we actually learn to question the ‘normal’ and shake the smug certainty of IR theory.” (Denise M. Horn, Chair, Political Science and International Relations, Simmons College, USA)