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Dr. Mohammed Ayoob has been an instrumental figure in the history of international relations theory. He is considered a notable scholar among many that have laid the foundation for the once fledgling sub-discipline of Political Science.
Most important are his views concerning sub-altern realism and state failure and decay. Ayoob is also a prolific writer on Third World politics, specifically the Middle East and South Asia.
He currently holds the position of University Distinguished Professor of International Relations at Michigan State University's James Madison College .
Ayoob was also a protege of Hedley Bull, and is an adherent of the "English School" of International Relations theory.
His latest scholarly articles include “Inequality and Theorizing in International Relations: The Case for Subaltern Realism” in International Studies Review, Fall 2002, “South-west Asia After the Taliban” in Survival, Spring 2002, “Humanitarian Intervention and State Sovereignty” in International Journal of Human Rights, Spring 2002, and “The War Against Iraq: Normative and Strategic Implications” in Middle East Policy, Summer 2003.
As the titles of these publications indicate, he is currently working simultaneously on three projects: (1) Inequality and Theorizing in International Relations, (2) The International Politics of Southwest Asia and the Middle East, and (3) Humanitarian Intervention and International Society. In response to the events of September 11 and the demand for greater understanding of the relationship between religion and politics in the Muslim world, he is teaching a graduate and an undergraduate course on “Islam and World Politics” during the current academic year.
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