By Daniel W. This eye-catching titled book is based on a black swan-like conceit, a zombie apocalypse, 1 and its international politics ramifications; but, the author uses this metaphor as an excuse to put several International Politics ideas to a stress test and discuss the results. You might remember Daniel W. Drezner from U. Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.
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To ensure uninterrupted reading, please contact Rachel Mines, sales director, at rachel. This post is where it all began!! Alex Massie alerts us to this BBC story about modeling who would win if the dead actually did rise from the grave :.
If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly and aggressively. That is the conclusion of a mathematical exercise carried out by researchers in Canada. They say only frequent counter-attacks with increasing force would eradicate the fictional creatures…. Now, one could argue that this finding represents a Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious.
On the other hand, the report has clear freaked out Alex Massie:. Would the result be inconsequential — or World War Z? A structural realist would argue that, because of the uneven distribution of capabilities, some governments will be better placed to repulse the zombies than others. Furthermore, anyone who has seen Land of the Dead knows that zombies are not deterred by the stopping power of water.
The good news is that these same realists would argue that there is no inherent difference between human states and zombie states. Regardless of individual traits or domestic instiutions, human and zombie actors alike are subject to the same powerful constraint of anarchy.
Therefore, the fundamental character of world politics would not be changed. A liberal institutionalist would argue that zombies represent a classic externality problem of… dying and then existing in an undead state and trying to cause others to do the same. Clearly, the zombie issue would cross borders and affect all states — so the benefits from policy coordination would be pretty massive. This would give states a great opportunity to cooperate on the issue by quickly fashioning a World Zombie Organization WZO that would codify and promnulgate rules on how to deal with zombies.
Alas, the effectiveness of the WZO would be uncertain. If the zombies had standing and appealed any WZO decision to wipe them out, we could be talking about an month window when zombies could run amok without any effective regulation whatsoever. Similarly, one would expect the European Union to issue one mother of a EU Directive to cope with the issue, and handle questions of zombie comitology.
Back when this paper was in draft stage, I specifically queried them about wther their argument about UFOs could be generalized to zombies, vampires, ghosts, the Loch Ness monster, Elvis, etc. That is to say, there are a number of possible emergent norms in response to zombies. Another way of thinking about this is that the introduction of zombies creates a stronger feeling of ontological security among remaining humans — i.
Unfortunately, I fear that constructivists would predict a norm cascade from the rise of zombies. As more and more people embrace the zombie way of undead life, as it were, the remaining humans would feel social pressure to conform and eventually internalize the norms and practices of zombies — kind of like the early-to-middle section of Shaun of the Dead.
To its credit, the neoconservatives would recognize the zombie threat as an existential threat to the human way of life. While the threat might be existential, accommodation or recognition are not options.
Instead, neocons would quickly gear up an aggressive response to ensure human hegemony. However, the response would likely be to invade and occupy the central state in the zombie-affected area. After creating a human outpost in that place, humans in neighboring zombie-affected countries would be inspired to rise up and overthrow their own zombie overlords.
Readers are hereby encouraged in the comments to posit other IR theoretical prediction of the response to a zombie uprising. For example, would the zombie uprising confirm Marxist predictions about the revolt of the proletariat? Daniel W. His latest book is The Toddler in Chief. Trending Now Sponsored Links by Taboola. By Daniel W. Drezner August 18, , PM. People dress a zombies for a 'Fleshmob' internet generated event on April in London.
The Flashmob phenomenon is an internet generated event that usually takes bystanders by surprise. On the other hand, the report has clear freaked out Alex Massie: [The researchers] are cheating. View Comments. Tags: brains , film , humor , international relations theory , pop culture. More from Foreign Policy. Esper Orders Some U. Politics June 4, , PM.
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Book review: “Theories of International Politics and Zombies” by Daniel W. Drezner
This article is from the archive of our partner. In a long essay in Foreign Policy magazine, Daniel Drezner explores why zombies have become "one of the fastest-growing concerns in international relations. Drezner writes, "Because they can spread across borders and threaten states and civilizations, these zombies should command the attention of scholars and policymakers. Zombie theory sounds an awful lot like counterterrorism or cybsersecurity theory, to give just two example. But the beauty of zombie theory is that it applies too all sorts of emerging trans-national security threats, including those we have yet to anticipate or imagine. For some international relations thinkers, the interest in all things ghoulish might represent an indirect attempt to get a cognitive grip on what former U. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once referred to as the 'unknown unknowns' in international security," Drezner writes.
The Zombie Theory of Foreign Policy
In light of this, Sara Yasin reviews an important book that draws on years of zombie research to bring the Prime Minister the guidance he desperately needs to protect all our brains. Drezner discusses how major theories of international politics would address the rise of a zombie attack. This book could not be more timely. Combined with examples from such films, Drezner also draws upon the policies of different nations to theorize about how they would cope with an attack from the undead.
Theory of International Politics and Zombies
To ensure uninterrupted reading, please contact Rachel Mines, sales director, at rachel. This post is where it all began!! Alex Massie alerts us to this BBC story about modeling who would win if the dead actually did rise from the grave :. If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly and aggressively. That is the conclusion of a mathematical exercise carried out by researchers in Canada. They say only frequent counter-attacks with increasing force would eradicate the fictional creatures…. Now, one could argue that this finding represents a Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious.