International Relations & Romance

What’s the least romantic blog post I’ve come across dealing with Valentine’s Day? I’d have to give the laurel to Stephen Walt, a major theorist in the field of International Relations (IR) and in many ways an estimable, and even brave, writer. Writing for his blog hosted by Foreign Policy, Walt’s post “IR theory for lovers: A valentine’s guide” deals with the “important insights that international relations theory can provide for people in love.”

If you want to recite a love-themed work to your beloved, try a sonnet from Shakespeare or Donne and avoid Walt’s little essay, which is very interesting but also a real mood killer, even if you’re as sympathetic to foreign policy realism as I am.

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