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How the Blogosphere Helps Junior Scholars?

by on 2014-01-31- Leave a reply

Dear Readers,

In this post, I would like to focus on the few ways in which the blogosphere and social media more generally help junior
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Learning the Wrong Lessons? Who Should Blog?

by on 2013-08-21- 8 Comments

In the past week, there has been a heap of controversy here over a post that many folks found to be offensive.  In reaction, the blogger is ceasing to blog, Charli  discuss the challenges of blogging, and others still are drawing lessons, such as Christopher Zorn who posted on his FB page "the vast majority of academic political scientists are just not cut out to be bloggers, and probably shouldn't do so."

My reaction to this is:

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Turkey, Syria and the Geopolitics of Identity

by on 2012-10-04- 1 Comment

This is a guest post by Peter S. Henne. Peter is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University. He formerly worked as a national security consultant. His research focuses on terrorism and religious conflict; he has also written on the role of faith in US foreign policy. During 2012-2013 he will be a fellow at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.

The Syrian shelling of Akcakale--a Turkish village on the Syrian border--and Turkey's military response against Syrian targets was shocking. Personally, it made me think of a 2009 trip I took to Antep and Urfa--cities in southeastern Turkish--sponsored by the Rumi Forum. The region, long underdeveloped, was experiencing a boom thanks to infrastructure investment and trade with Syria, as I saw in both of these cities. I wondered what a trip there would be like now, given Urfa is less than an hour from Akcakale and Antep two and a half hours away.

What happened? How did the Turkish-Syrian relations go from close-and-getting-closer to on-the-brink-of-war?

Only a short time ago, Turkey was establishing unprecedented ties with its Middle Eastern neighbors. Although much has been made of Turkey's break with the United States over the Iraq invasion and tensions with Israel, more dramatic changes occurred with states like Syria and Iran. Turkey almost came to blows with both in the 1990s over the insurgent Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), which found support in Iran and Syria. Likewise, Turkey had generally not been involved in Middle Eastern politics. Turkey's improved relations with these states under the currently-governing Justice and Development Party (JDP)--and the popularity of JDP Prime Minister Erdogan among Arab societies--is thus a major development.

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Urban Violence Web Seminar

by on 2012-09-26- 2 Comments

Especially considering that I recently criticized the human security community for failing to pay enough attention to urban violence, I'm delighted to hear of this
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Tuesday Morning Linkage: Things Fall Apart

by on 2012-09-18- Leave a reply

Maybe we should have named the blog the "Seal of Minerva."Photo: Dan NexonThe US exit strategy in Afghanistan is in shambles; Josh Foust explains. Jing Gao describes
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Any good academic movies?

by on 2012-08-29- 11 Comments

With the loss of the drinking intellectual stimulation that comes from APSA, I'm in need of some inspiration to kick start the semester that begins
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Book Review: Arms Control – History, Theory and Policy

by on 2012-08-13- Leave a reply

Praeger has published a new two-volume compendium on arms control edited by Robert Williams Jr. and Paul R.Viotti. If you're writing anything on the subject
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Friday Punctual Nerd Blogging/Blegging

by on 2012-08-10- Leave a reply

Last week, I embedded with smart people thinking hard about ethics, armed conflict and emerging technologies. I learned that it's an open questions whether governments
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Do Battle Droids Dream of Electric Medals?

by on 2012-08-08- Leave a reply

 One of the more interesting issues raised informally during the time I spent at the Lincoln Center's Emerging Technologies Workshop was the relative likelihood of developments in lethal autonomous
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Post-Vacation Blogging

by on 2012-08-02- Leave a reply

Regular blogging will begin to resume over the next weeks now that I'm back from a family road trip down the eastern seaboard and starting
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Collective action and the end of the world

by on 2012-07-19- 20 Comments

Today I gave a lecture on the environment and the dilemmas of collective action in my course on Introduction to International Relations. Despite the best
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Friday Nerd Blogging

by on 2012-07-06- Leave a reply

'Game of Thrones': The Board Game -- powered by Cracked.comH/T Rob Farley.
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Friday Nerd Blogging

by on 2012-06-29- Leave a reply

H/T Steve.
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Constructivism, Social Psychology, and Interlocking Theory (I)

by on 2012-06-25- 8 Comments

This is the first in a series of guest posts by Stuart J. Kaufman of the University of Delaware. Stuart advances a long-running dispute with PTJ
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“Having it all” and a (non-essentialist) feminist politics

by on 2012-06-23- Leave a reply

Anne-Marie Slaughter's recent Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," has stirred up a fair amount of controversy in the last couple of days.
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Friday Nerd Blogging

by on 2012-06-22- 1 Comment

From Mother Jones, of all places. Gayle Falkenthal comments.
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The collective production of individual genius

by on 2012-06-15- Leave a reply

Can China create the next Steve Jobs? The New Yorker discusses a quasi-official Chinese attempt to find the next Steve Jobs--a sort of Apprentice with less Donald Trump and
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New Political Violence Blog Launched

by on 2012-06-08- Leave a reply

Barbara Walter and I have started a new blog called Political Violence @ a Glance. Check out the About page to see, well, what we’re
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Targeting the Source: Why Supporters of Abuse Should Be Held to Account

by on 2012-06-04- Leave a reply

Guest post by Katherine Boom, University of Massachusetts-Amherst           As Bashar al-Assad’s violent crackdown on civilian protesters unfolds, the international community agonizes
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Happy quacking anniversary

by on 2012-05-28- Leave a reply

Seven years ago today, 28 May 2005, is the day that this blog was, in an important sense, born. The previous day the day Dan
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