UDC 329.12:327
Biblid: 0543-3657, 71 (2020)
Vol. 71, No 1179-1180, pp. 5-22
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18485/iipe_mp.2020.71.1179_80.1

Original scientific paper
Received: 25 Aug 2020
Accepted: 25 Sep 2020

Synoptic Neorealism: A Review of the Munich School and Constellation Analysis of International Relations

Novičić Žaklina (Žaklina Novičić, naučni saradnik, Institut za međunarodnu politiku i privredu, Beograd), zaklina@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs
Pop-Lazić Isidora (Isidora Pop-Lazić, istraživač-pripravnik, Institut za međunarodnu politiku i privredu, Beograd), isidora@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

This paper presents a review of synoptic neorealism and constellation analysis of international relations, conceived by Karl-Gottfried Kindermann at the University of Munich in the late 1970s. Although neglected in theoretical reviews of the field, in part because of language barriers, this school is an implicit analytical framework for a large number of practiceoriented studies. Clarity and conciseness of constellation analysis are presented through a small number of elements: system, perceptions, power, interests, norms, and strategies. However, synoptic neorealism goes much beyond the reference framework of structural neorealism in the direction of modern constructivist and critical approaches to international relations, with all advantages and risks that it brings.

Keywords: international relations, synopsis, constellation, system, perceptions, power, interests, norms, strategies, interactions, neutrality, multidisciplinarity