What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and began to eat the living? Daniel Drezner’s groundbreaking book answers the question that different international relations students are too afraid to ask. Addressing timely problems with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations can be applied to a war with zombies.

Exploring the plots of in style zombie films, songs, and books, Theories of International Politics and Zombies predicts realistic situations for the political stage within the face of a zombie threat and considers however valid―or however rotten―such situations may well be.

This new revived edition includes substantial updates throughout still as a brand new epilogue assessing the role of the zombie analogy within the public sphere.



“One of the most creative books about international relations you will ever read and one of the smartest.” —Peter Beinart, author of The Icarus Syndrome

“Bless Dan Drezner for this book which punches huge holes in the hokum of American foreign policy thinking. Our theories in this business have been thin and often very costly, and if it takes Drezner’s ‘zombie attack’ to puncture their bloat, so be it. Besides, the book is fun.” —Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and former New York Times columnist

“Drezner is to the zombie attack what Thucydides is to the Peloponnesian War–he is its great chronicler. As witty as he is insightful, Drezner has taken old ideas and traditions in international relations and brought them back to life.” —G. John Ikenberry, Princeton University

“This book fills a gnawing gap in the international relations literature and adds flesh to those bones by communicating key international relations theories in a fresh, fun, and effective way.” —Daniel Nexon, Georgetown University

“This interesting, thoughtful, and engaging book nicely integrates the classics of zombie work with theories of international politics to make sense of human–and nonhuman–behavior. This is the only international politics textbook that will make students frequently laugh and think at the same time. Indeed, this textbook is food for brains, which may, of course, only attract more zombies.” —Stephen Saideman, McGill University