x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Theories of International Politics and Zombies

Axis of the evil dead

And so the zany "and zombies" publishing meme still refuses to die. The latest example is from Daniel W Drezner, a politics professor at Tufts. It follows the literary mash-up Pride andPrejudice and Zombies as well as the more serious Zombie Economics, an attempted purge of defunct economic doctrines written by Drezner's online sparring partner John Quiggin.

Drezner's own effort lands somewhere between the two. It is remorselessly jokey, "chewing over" implications and "fleshing out" models. An introductory section traces the rising fortunes of undead-themed entertainments, which rather brazens out the opportunism of the project. On the other hand, the prospect of a zombie apocalypse turns out to be quite a good test by which to differentiate the major schools in international policy.

Thus we learn that realists would try to exploit the plague to knobble their rival powers. Liberals would push for multilateral agreements to contain it "most of the time". Neo-conservatives would probably invade Iraq again "out of force of habit". This is knockabout stuff, but unlike its subject, Drezner's pamphlet doesn't outstay its welcome.