Back to the Present: The Contemporaneous Re-homogenisation of the ‘International’

  • Moran M. MandelbaumEmail author


This chapter completes this genealogy by ‘returning to the present’, namely interrogating IR theory in the post–Cold War era. This chapter argues that the presupposition of the unitary ‘nation-state’ no longer holds: mainstream post–Cold War IR theory no longer takes its main unit of analysis as congruent. Instead, what is produced in our contemporaneous times is a growing body of knowledge and technologies of intervention at a global level that aim to re-build the ‘international’ as a system composed of congruent societies that either follow the traditional model of the ‘nation-state’ or other forms of societal congruency. The chapter traces these changes and interrogates five discursive practices by which the fantasy of congruency is rendered possible.


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