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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profile

Dr Robert Schuett, PhD (Durham)

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Dr Robert Schuett is a political theorist, who lives and works in Vienna. As a scholar-practitioner in the field of foreign affairs, he is particularly interested in the Classical approach to the theory of world politics. His influences are Freud, Kelsen, and Morgenthau. He is also a Visiting Fellow in the Political Science department at the University of Salzburg. Above all else, he is a foreign-policy realist.

Research Interests

  • Progressive realism
  • International Relations theory

Teaching Areas

  • Doing IR Theory (Salzburg)
  • Political Realism in International Relations (Salzburg)
  • The Theory-Practice Gap in International Relations (Salzburg)


Authored book

Book review

  • Schuett, R (2020). Kelsen: Biography of a Jurist, by T. Olechowski. Austrian J of Political Science 49(3).
  • Schuett, R (2012). Chasing Morgenthau, or: What Is Political Realism? International Studies Rev 14(1).

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