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Painful Choices by David A. Welch

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Chapter 6

CONCLUSION

Theories about international relations never accountfor 100 percent of what happens in the world. In fact,a good academic theory might account for only abouthalf of what goes on in the world.—Kenneth Pollack, The Threatening Storm

IN THE SPACE REMAINING, I would like to assess the performance of the theory as a whole, reflect upon its strengths and weaknesses, comment on its implications for international relations theory more broadly, and briefly discuss some of its practical implications for policy makers. In so doing, I will, of course, provide additional confirmation for Kenneth Pollack’s eminently sensible claim that no international relations theory explains everything. Indeed, I am unaware of any international relations ...

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