By Joseph Lepgold
The distance among lecturers and practitioners in diplomacy has widened in recent times, based on the authors of this ebook. Many diplomacy students not attempt to succeed in past the ivory tower and lots of policymakers disdain diplomacy scholarship as arcane and beside the point. Joseph Lepgold and Miroslav Nincic display how solid diplomacy conception can tell coverage offerings. Globalization, ethnic clash, and ecological threats have created a brand new set of concerns that problem policymakers, and state of the art scholarship can give a contribution very much to the analysis and dealing with of doubtless explosive occasions.
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The school referred to as political realism, and that designated by the term liberal institutionalism, offer very different advice: their claims and counterclaims are evaluated here. Chapter 7 concludes by emphasizing the common interests of international relations scholars and practitioners in knowledge that clarifies the range of the possible and the consequences of various courses of action. It also suggests ways in which firmer bridges between the two communities may be built. 2 Types of Knowledge and Their Practical Uses As chapter 1 emphasized, it is ironic that there should be a chasm separating theorists and practitioners in a field explicitly designed to be policy-relevant little more than three generations ago.
Formal models can be used to clarify key concepts; they also serve to establish the logical preconditions of more as well as less obvious research results, thereby increasing our confidence in both. SIR work that uses these methods can be just as policy-relevant as work that uses qualitative approaches. Nevertheless, the scholarly work that uses formal and statistical techniques often hides behind them and fails to yield results that appear interesting or important outside a very small, self-referential audience.
Policymakers may thus benefit from consulting those areas of SIR that strive to connect general insights about international relations to country and region-specific knowledge about community and identity. 53 As a significant byproduct, it could also become highly policy-relevant. Interestingly, decisionmakers recognize these intellectual challenges and seem to desire help in dealing with them. As the late Joseph Kruzel—a senior Defense Department official at the time of his death and a one-time professor at Ohio State—put it, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, there has been a profound breakpoint in the policy process.
Beyond the Ivory Tower: International Relations Theory by Joseph Lepgold