Since its inception, the discipline of International Relations has struggled
to establish the rigour of its methodological base in the academy,
and it has struggled to establish whether and how it might have any
moral place in the world. At the end of the millennium both struggles
have reached a high point. Methodologically, the discipline has begun
a trans-Atlantic separation. On the one hand there has been a U.S.
emphasis on neo-realism and neo-liberalism, which in both its categorisations
and its positivistic tendencies is not a considerable departure
from the inter-war debate between realists and idealists. On the
other hand there has been a British concern not only for a ‘historicised’
discipline, but for the intellectual history of the discipline itself.
Steve Smith has written on ten self-images that International Relations