Book Report on “Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics”


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The beginning:
An IR Book Report on Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics by John Mearsheimer
The argument that
brings forth in Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics is founded on the principles of the realist philosophy involving how various states lie to one another within the new global community. In this context, it is international scope of lying by leaders of various nations that has provided a strategic context in which they validate their power in the global community. Mearsheimer advocates a validity in this types of lying because they can possess “sometimes good strategic reasons for leaders to lie to other countries and even to their own people” (
, 2011, p.6) within...
The end:
..... of leaders through the United Nations, the imperative for larger scale lying has a greater effect on how certain nations achieve supremacy over others. This is one of the important ways in which the backlash of international lying has a greater effect than that of global collectives like that of the UN because of its sympathetic relation in decision making processes. This is why problems like that of Cold War, the current Iraqi policy in America and the UN, and other strategies form lying created major international backlashes that still have detrimental ramifications on the stability of global politics.
Mearsheimer, J. J. (2011). Why leaders lies: The truth about lying in international politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.