Tarek Oraby is a PhD Student at the Department of Political Science in Stockholm University. His dissertation is concerned with the theoretical basis of the study of international politics. Specifically, his research aims to develop an updated systemic theory of international politics that enhances our understanding of the recurring patterns of cooperation and conflict among states. Tarek’s research interests include foreign policy, neo-institutionalism, the role of ideas and norms in international relations, and the philosophy of social sciences.