History is What States Make of It

The political scientist Alexander Wendt famously remarked (at least in political science circles) about the international system that “anarchy is what states make of it”. In this week’s episode of Horns of a Dilemmawe examine how this observation applies not only to the international system, but also to the mental constructs that states, leaders, and citizens use to reflect on the concept of an international system and their place in it. Andrew Ehrhardt, Ernest May’s postdoctoral fellow in history and politics at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, is the author of Everyone his own philosopher of history: concepts of the historical process in the study and practice of foreign policywhich appears in Vol 5/Iss 3 of the Texas National Security Review. Ehrhardt speaks with TNSR Editor-in-Chief Doyle Hodges about the article and how this view of history impacts security issues in international and national politics today.

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