Steve Saideman

Friday Nerd Blogging: Force for Change

by on 2014-07-18- Leave a reply

A depressing series of news days lately.  What can make us feel good?  Jon Stewart?  Stephen Colbert?  Star Wars?  How about all three?

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Friday Nerd Blogging: Laugh It Up Fuzzball Edition

by on 2014-07-11- Leave a reply

What epitomizes American summer more than baseball?  Star Wars!  Well, Star Wars + baseball:
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Friday Nerd Blogging: Independence Day Edition

by on 2014-07-04- Leave a reply

Silly sci-fi covered in patriotism sauce?  There can be only one speech we can post here:

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Friday Nerd Blogging Extra: GoT Games

by on 2014-06-13- Leave a reply

Too good and with the finale coming up, we need to double dip:

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Friday Nerd Blogging: GoT Music

by on 2014-06-13- Leave a reply

With the finale of this season of Game of Thrones upon us, I thought this take on the theme might be a suitable Friday Nerd entry.

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Path Dependence, Iraq Edition

by on 2014-06-12- 3 Comments

With the fall of Mosul to the jihadists of Syria and Iraq, there is much blame-casting to be had.  Some are blaming Obama for not keeping a residual force in Iraq although it is not clear that a small US force would have kept the Iraqi military from breaking.

This always, always frustrates me because it ignores what the US faced in 2009--the accumulation of dynamics produced by the bad decisions of the past.  In this case, if people remember, there were many stories where Iraqi elites said two things: yes, we want the U.S. to stay, but no, we cannot say that in public.  Why?

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And The Winner Is?

by on 2014-05-27- 5 Comments

Obviously, too soon to tell.  But with the new Obama announcement setting an enddate-ish, my nominee might just be:

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Friday Nerd Blogging: Preparing for the Future or the Past

by on 2014-05-23- Leave a reply

I was a fan of X-Men long before I was a fan of Poli Sci.  So, I am eagerly awaiting the chance to see Days of Future Past, which may or may not do kind things to one of the very best X-tales. +

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Friday Nerd Blogging: Godzilla Edition

by on 2014-05-16- Leave a reply

Brian Cranston and Godzilla apparently did not get along that well:

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Friday Nerd Blogging Part Two: Who Says There is a Gap?

by on 2014-05-02- Leave a reply

One of the constant refrains one will hear in civil-military relations is that there is a gap between the civilians and the military--a deep, wide gap in values, perceptions and so on.  Well, here is some proof (not great video) that the gap is over-rated:

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Friday Nerd Blogging: Make Mine Marvel

by on 2014-05-02- Leave a reply

This summer may be the most Marvelous yet with Captain America 2, Spider-Man 2, X-Men Days of Future Past (otherwise X-Men First Class 2) and Guardians of the Galaxy.  Sure, not all are by Marvel Studios but all are based on Marvel Characters.

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Doing the Stability-Instability Dance

by on 2014-04-26- Leave a reply

The stability-instability paradox is a concept from nuclear deterrence land: that if two sides both have nuclear weapons that can survive a first strike, it might just create deterrence at the strategic level AND free up both sides to engage in violence at lower levels.  Sounds just like an air-headed theory that would never happen in reality because, you know, NUKES!*

* To be clear, I have not studied deterrence theory closely since grad school, so I may not have this entirely right, but I am pretty sure I have the basics.

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Friday Nerd Blogging: Exceptional That Proves the Rule

by on 2014-04-18- Leave a reply

I stopped collecting Spider-man long ago when it got all clone-tastic.  I tend to hate TV/movies/comic books that use clones in their plots.  However, there is one exception

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Why I Participate At Political Science Rumors

by on 2014-04-10- 8 Comments

The first rule of the internet is not to read the comments for any op-ed one posts.  Why?  Because the cover of anonymity allows people to say awful stuff.  Of course, Twitter amply demonstrates that people will say awful things on the internet even when one can be clearly identified.  Anyhow, over the past several years, a series of websites have been gathering spots for both aspiring and experienced political scientists to exchange in rumors and opinions about the profession (to be clear, anyone can post so it might be economist students seeking to troll or other folks entirely).  Given yesterday's post about PSR, I thought I would explain my presence there.

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Data Street Cred

by on 2014-04-01- 2 Comments

I am not known for being a statistics whiz.  I have published quantitative work, but I am seen, rightly so, as more comfortable with qualitative work, comparing apples and oranges.  Still, I had the gumption to offer advice on twitter about data today.  What and why?

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Patricia Weitsman Scholarship

by on 2014-04-01- 2 Comments

Patty didn't want flowers, so instead endow a scholarship at Ohio University.  This is from an email her husband sent out to her supporters:
Please
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Dear Friends of Patty

by on 2014-03-31- 1 Comment

Dear friends of Patty,

The news is awful.  The second battle with leukemia is over, but this time, Patty lost.  The last effort to treat the disease failed, as she died last night.  I thought her friends in the IR business should know.

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Imposters at the ISA?

by on 2014-03-29- 2 Comments

Long ago, Dan Drezner posted about the imposter syndrome.  The basic idea is that many folks feel as if they will be found out, that there are other folks out there that are smarter, more informed and that one is just getting away with being less than that until eventually getting found out.

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Friday Nerd Blogging: Delayed Yet Anticipating Edition

by on 2014-03-22- Leave a reply

This fan-made combo of the old Benson show with Mad Men was mentioned by Jon Hamm at the Paleyfest panel.

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Are We Russophobes?

by on 2014-03-20- 6 Comments

Lots of words have been spilled on this Crimea thing, and so it is reasonable to ask whether our opposition to Crimean self-determination might be more about our feelings about Russia than about secession/irredentism.

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