International Relations Theory in "Breaking Bad"
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By Peter LaVenia

AMC's "Breaking Bad" saga is drawing to a close, and though, at first glance, it may seem like a television show better suited to analogies with domestic politics, a closer look reveals inter-state politics embedded in the world of drugs and methamphetamine. It is a testament to the show that we can find very distinct views of international politics in all of the main characters, and perhaps a larger debate about world politics in general. The shadowy world of the Albuquerque meth scene operates as a parallel international order, interacting with the U.S. and Mexican governments, drug cartels, rival dealers and organizations. "Breaking Bad" is as much about inter-state relations as it is the people at the heart of world politics.


Peter A. LaVenia has a Ph.D. in political science from the University at Albany (SUNY) and is an avid "Breaking Bad" fan. Reach him at

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