From realism to ‘ultrasociality’: international relations scholar rewrites the history of international cooperation

by dwrighting
Originally Published at News@Northeastern by Tanner Stening

Maia Cross headshot

Mai’a Cross, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs; Director of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures; Dean’s Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Diplomacy has published her latest book.

Titled “International Cooperation Against All Odds: The Ultrasocial World,” the book presents a compelling argument that challenges conventional beliefs associated with realism, the prevailing theory in international relations. Realism suggests that nations primarily pursue power and status, leading to increased conflict, isolationism, and inertia in addressing common global challenges.