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Charles T. Hunt

Theory of International Politics (Waltz 1979 ), a more direct importation of concepts derived from complexity theory is a more recent development. The shortcomings of orthodox IR theories – such as (neo-)realism and (neo-)liberalism, predicated on linear paradigms borrowed from Newtonian science and the political thoughts of Hobbes, Descartes, and Locke (Rihani 2002 : 3) – in predicting milestone events in global politics such as the end of the Cold War or the 2007 global financial crisis led some scholars to see complexity theory as an alternative framework for

in United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory
Edwin Borchard between New Haven and Berlin
Jens Steffek
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Tobias Heinze

isolationism derived from the diagnosis. The alternative to the League of Nations that he promoted was a return to the balance of power politics of the pre-1914 era, with the US intervening abroad only when its vital interests were at stake. Borchard really wanted to turn back time and this may explain why his influence was not lasting. In the interwar years, his political thought, characterised by ‘consistency, completeness, and an abiding sense of certainty’, 119 still found followers. After America’s victory in the Second World War, his stubborn isolationism appeared

in Prussians, Nazis and Peaceniks