Ideal and Beyond

Idealist International Relations Theory Contrast to Realist One

  • Hakan Mehmetcik Yildiz Technical University
Keywords: Idealist International Relations Theory, Theory of International Relations, Realist – Idealist Debate


There is now a substantial body of theory on international relations. However, to understand theories of International Relations, we need to focus on the history of the discipline, which somehow always starts with idealist theory of International Relations. Therefore, it is worth to plunging into the debate on the structure of idealist International Relations theory to grab the essence of the dynamics and aims of the attempts that theorists try to address in the International Relations. This effort also consists of finding out the use and abuse of theory within the discipline as an attempt to point out the myth functions in International Relations theories. The paper aims to present idealist theory of International Relations by pinpointing differences with realist impulses on human nature, the nature of international relations, and cyclical view of history.

Author Biography

Hakan Mehmetcik, Yildiz Technical University

Hakan Mehmetcik, 32, is a graduate student who received his BA in “International Relations” at the Istanbul University, in Turkey, in 2006. In 2009, he obtained an MA in Economics at the Dalarna University, and another MS in Eurasian Studies at the Uppsala University in 2010, in Sweden. He currently studies at the Yildiz Technical University as a Ph.D. student and works as a research assistant at the Department of International Relations at Isik University in Turkey. His interests cover security studies, regionalism, theory of international relations and peace and conflict studies in general. On his Ph.D. studies, he specializes on coercive diplomacy, deterrence and nuclear extended deterrence issues.

How to Cite
Mehmetcik, H. (2014). Ideal and Beyond: Idealist International Relations Theory Contrast to Realist One. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 24, 101-109.
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