Questioning Kenneth N. Waltz (1924–2013)

  • Adam Humphreys
  • Hidemi Suganami


Professor Hani Magus and Dr Umesh Harpy are in the midst of a viva. The candidate is Kenneth Waltz. His work turns out to be one of the most successful doctoral theses in the history of IR but the examiners are giving him a hard time. Some years later, the two examiners visit Professor Waltz, now a leading IR theorist, for an interview.


Foreign Policy International System National Interest Structural Incentive Early Question 
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  1. 1.
    Kenneth N. Waltz, ‘The Politics of Peace’, International Studies Quarterly, 11.3, Sep 1967, p. 199.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Kenneth N. Waltz, ‘Letter to the Editor’, International Organization, 36.3, Summer 1982, p. 680.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Kenneth N. Waltz, ‘The Stability of a Bipolar World’, Daedalus, 93.3, Summer 1963, p. 906.Google Scholar

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  • Hidemi Suganami

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