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Critics of the Concept of Striving for Security in the Structural Realism
Rozhkov Aleksandr Alekseevich

post-graduate student of the Department of the Philosophy of Politics and Law at Moscow State University

19234, Russia, Moskva oblast', g. Moscow, ul. Leninskie Gory, 27, k.4, aud. G-325, G-327


The subject of the research is the problem of striving for security in the structural realism as well as critics of the realistic thesis about the relevant use of the term 'security' in the theory of international relations. The concept of striving for security plays an important role in the corpus of political realism. The most authoritarian researchers of political realism assume that the safety need defines the interaction between states on the international stage. At the same time, according to the author of the article absolutization of this term creates significant contradictions in the core of the theory itself. The main conclusions of the research is that therei s a contradiction in the methodological approach offered by structural realism. Based on the author, the concept of striving for security should be completed with analysis of intra-state factors as well as definition of international interests. 

Keywords: international arena, political realism, international relationships, national interests, domestic factors, structural realism, security, contradictions, country needs, state



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