A new essay by SIWPS Director Richard Betts appears in the 30th anniversary issue of the National Interest.

“Realism Is an Attitude, Not a Doctrine” looks at the applicability of realism to today’s foreign policy challenges. Delving into the consequentialist moral principles that inform realist thought, Betts rejects the notion of realism as a homogeneous, absolute theory and questions its prescriptive ability when it comes to consistent strategic policy.

Read Dr. Betts’s piece on the National Interest website.