How Much International Relations and Political Science Theory Do You Need?
Barry Rubin has an excellent--which these days means completely depressing--piece on his site about the Victoria, a Liberian-flagged ship that was recently stuffed with weapons in Latakia and intercepted by the IDF en route to Gaza.
A paragraph of the article stood out to me as debatable (sadly, only one):
Events in Egypt teach us once again that while countries pursue their national interests it is up to governments to define those interests. The previous sentence is the key to international affairs. It provides all the international relations and political science theory you will ever need. A new regime--as we saw with the overthrow of the shah and his replacement by Islamists in Iran--has a new view of national interests.
I don't have a huge amount of time for international relations and political science theory--a lot of useless words out there, for sure--but I suspect you need a bit more than that.
But I'm open-minded. I'll throw all the theory books in the trash heap if ever a government comes to power in Russia and declares, "To heck with warm water ports."