Rajesh Rajagopalan

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  • Dr. Rajesh Rajagopalan is Professor, Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

    In the Hegemon’s Shadow: Leading States and the Rise of Regional Powers by Evan Braden Montgomery

    Much of the focus of Realist theories on international politics has been on politics between the great powers. Most Realists are quite explicit about this bias. Both Kenneth N. Waltz, the father of Neorealism, and John J. Mearsheimer, the leading proponent of offensive Realism, have argued that a theory of international politics has to be written concentrating on the great powers because they affect other states and the international system far more than any other actors in the system.

    September 2017

    Kenneth Waltz R.I.P. (1924-2013)

    Kenneth Waltz hailed as the ‘King of thought’ was a towering thinker in the field of IR. His two most important works, Man, The State, and War (1959) and Theory of International Politics (1979), provided a framework within which emerged the principal debate in IR.

    May 15, 2013

    Nonalignment 2.0: A Realist Critique of An Establishmentarian Perspective

    From a Realist perspective, the key problem with a Nehruvian/Liberal approach to foreign policy is that it misunderstands power and ignores the centrality of balance of power politics in interstate relations.

    May 01, 2012

    The US-India Strategic Partnership after the MMRCA Deal

    Common sense suggests that India as the weaker partner has much more to gain from the relationship with the U.S., but common sense has always been somewhat scarce in Indian strategic thought.

    May 06, 2011

    The Realist Case Against Nuclear Disarmament

    Nuclear disarmament is once again fashionable. If rhetoric was sufficient, nuclear disarmament should be easily achievable. But what the rhetoric hides is not only the difficulty of achieving nuclear disarmament, but also the instrumental manner in which that rhetoric is being deployed. At the height of the Cold War, the two superpowers traded a number of detailed proposals for controlling the atom.

    March 2010