Dan Drezner on “Zombies, G20 and International Relations”

31 10 2011

Dan Drezner is a professor of international politics at Tufts University, a contributor to the Foreign Policy blog, and one of the foremost thinkers on international relations in the United States. He also has a great sense of humour.

As an intellectual exercise, Drezner recently gave a talk about how the G20 leaders would react if the world were attacked by zombies. He shows how the various theories of international relations would give different predictions about how nations would respond to such a crisis. Basically, Drezner’s piece is a light-hearted way of introducing undergraduates to different theories of world politics.

Last week, Drezner gave his zombies talk at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. You can view his talk online here.



What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living? On October 26, 2011 at CIGI, Daniel Drezner answered the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask. Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looked at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with zombies. Exploring the plots of popular zombie films, songs, and books, Drezner predicts realistic scenarios for the political stage in the face of a zombie threat and considers how valid — or how rotten — such scenarios might be.


Happy Halloween!



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1 11 2011

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