John Mearsheimer's Theory Of Offensive Realism

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Offensive realism John Mearsheimer is an American professor of politology of the University of Chicago, was born on the 14th of December of 1947. John Mearsheimer is well-known among scholars as the author of a theory of offensive realism and his book “The Tragedy of Great Powers Politics”. In this impressive and important book professor indoctrinates with his theory of offensive realism. Professor explains and argues for his theory of "offensive realism" by stating its key assumptions, evolution from early realist theory, and its predictive capability. The theory of offensive realism is like a return to the classical realism, as its key positions consist with the provisions of Morgenthau. This applies to beliefs about the immutability…show more content…
The theory of Mearsheimer has five basis assumptions: 1. The international system is anarchic. It is very important to notice that anarchy, according to Mearsheimer, does not mean chaos or disorder, but absence of centralized authority, that stands above states and protects…show more content…
Defensive theory asserts that aggressive expansion as promoted by offensive neorealists upsets the tendency of states to conform to the balance of power theory, thereby decreasing the primary objective of the state, which they argue is ensuring its security . It is very important to say that Mearsheimer is not satisfied with Waltz’s theory. Great powers are seek to maintain the security and thereby the status quo. The international system creates strong stimulus, forcing the great powers to look for opportunities to increase their own power at the expense of competitors. They are interested not only in imbalance of power, but also interested in the maximum weakening of their competitors. Every great power will seek to change the balance of forces in its
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