IRLS210 forum 4

This is an optional forum for extra credit!

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For two points towards your final grade:

  • Post the following sections with mention of IR theories
  • Reply to two classmates


The world has been decimated by a nuclear war between the states formerly known as China, Russia and the United States. Central governments no longer exist; zombies swarm the earth in search of brains to eat. Small groups of survivors have banded together in tribes, trying fight off zombie attacks. To protect themselves, survivors assume zombie identities. A few survivors have written inspiring haikus to deal with their fear.

A rival tribe threatens the well-being that your tribe, the Jackson 5, is eking out farming a small parcel of land, slowly rebuilding a local economy. The rival tribe, Maroon 5, has threatened to take your tribe’s land unless your surrender. Your tribe’s leader, Janet, has asked your advice. What do you advise? Surrender? Fight? Negotiate? Preemptive attack? Explain your recommendation using one or more of the IR theories from Week 2, and then proceed to the next question about rebuilding society.


First, either choose a zombie character online to represent you and post the pic or link, or use the app “dead yourself” and post the pic, or write a haiku to represent your Zombie character. Remember, this is a zombie disguise to keep your brain from getting eaten!

Second, explain how you would react to the scenario above, using one or more international relations theories to explain your Zombie’s reactions.

Third, briefly explain your vision for international society (anarchy? cooperation?), using one or more international relations theories to explain your perspective. What should the new international system look like? What will become of the zombies?

Optional Resources:

SLU Class: Introduction: International relations & Zombies…

Game Theory and the Walking Dead…

Drezner, Daniel W. 2014. Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition. Princeton university press, 2014.

The idea is to practice applying theoretical concepts, so don’t forget to reference and explain at least one of the main international relations theories (realism, liberalism, and constructivism) in your discussion.

Respond to at least two zombies-in-disguise (classmates).

Note: This forum will stay open until Sunday of Week 7.