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History is What States Make of It

Political scientist Alexander Wendt famously (effectively, in political science circles anyway) noticed of the worldwide system that “anarchy is what states make of it.” In this week’s episode of Horns of a Dilemma, we discover the diploma to which this commentary is true not solely of the worldwide system, but additionally of the psychological constructs that states, leaders, and residents use to consider the idea of a world system and their place in it. Andrew Ehrhardt, an Ernest May post-doctoral fellow in historical past and coverage at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, is the writer of Everyman His Own Philosopher of History: Notions of Historical Process within the Study and Practice of Foreign Policy, which seems in Vol 5/Iss 3 of the Texas National Security Review. Ehrhardt joins TNSR Executive Editor Doyle Hodges to debate the article and the way this view of historical past impacts questions of safety in worldwide and home politics right now.

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