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#BringBackOurGirls, Feminist Solidarity & Intervention – Part Two

#BringBackOurGirls, Feminist Solidarity & Intervention – Part Two | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
My first post on the Duck focused on the emergence of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag and campaign, pointing also to the ease with which hashtags can get appropriated and campaigns derailed.
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The Costs of Irredentism

The Costs of Irredentism | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
In For Kin or Country, the basic idea is to explain a set of policies that is always expensive.  When one tries to take the territory of another country, there tends to be a response.  While folks dismissed Obama’s line about Putin’s moves having a...
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Turning points in history?

Turning points in history? | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
We often think that the histories of nations or peoples take turning points. A series of events occur that could have gone either way, things went badly rather than well, and the future development of this people is forever changed.
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Interesting piece on trajectories in history.
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What is to be Done in Nigeria?

This is a delayed follow-up to my earlier post, “Why Foreign Intervention in Nigeria is a Bad Idea.” That post focused on larger issues that make Nigeria a particularly problematic context for foreign involvement of any kind; this post focuses on...
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Quantitative and qualitative social science

Quantitative and qualitative social science | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
The social world is one reality, but the methodologies associated with quantitative and qualitative research are quite different.
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A causal narrative?

A causal narrative? | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
source: Edward Tufte, edwardtufte.com In a recent post I referred to the idea of a causal narrative (link). Here I would like to sketch out what I had in mind there.
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An interesting discussion of narratives and causation.
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International relations and complexity theory

International relations and complexity theory | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
 
Hilton Root has published some very interesting ideas about systems thinking in international relations theory in Dynamics among Nations: The Evolution of Legitimacy and Development in Modern States.
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NYT and Poli Sci Public Engagement

The ISA mess is the gift that keeps on giving.  Now Nicholas Kristof has written a piece in his NYT column that “addresses” the controversy.  The problem is that the column is out of date.  Not just in focusing on the ISA proposal that has been...
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A defence of academics.

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Professors, We Need You!

Professors, We Need You! | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
Academics are some of the smartest minds in the world. So why are they making themselves irrelevant?
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Another discussion of impact.  I suppose the point to be made is that we need to communicate better.

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4 Quick Hypotheses on Why China Suddenly Declared this New Air Defense Zone

4 Quick Hypotheses on Why China Suddenly Declared this New Air Defense Zone | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
If you haven’t yet seen the zone’s geography, here it is to the left, complete with its overlap with the Korean and Japanese zones.
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Cyberspace and International Relations - Springer

Cyberspace and International Relations - Springer | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
#digitaldiplomacy RT @digidiplo: Check out "Cyberspace and International Relations: Theory, Prospects and Challenges" http://t.co/o4SZHrXbZy
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Telescoping Passive Revolution

An updated paperback edition of my book Revolution and State in Modern Mexico: The Political Economy of Uneven Development has now been published. A central proposition of the book is that the conditioning situation of uneven and combined development on a world scale — as the geographical expression of the contradictions of capitalism — shapes the spatial, territorial, and scalar configuration of state power. However, although shaped by the condition of uneven and combined development, it is also the balance of class forces within state spaces that alters the developmental trajectory and spatial form of statehood through emergent passive revolutionary class strategies defining the rise of a state in capitalist society.

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Purposive social change

Purposive social change | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
How can citizens strive to bring about significant social change?
So many of the changes we have witnessed in the past forty years have happened to us, not by us.
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Debating Covert Intervention and the Democratic Peace

One reason that Patrick I stepped down as a permanent contributors to the Duck of Minerva was to develop ISQ Online as a forum for intellectual exchange surrounding International Studies Quarterly pieces. I think readers of the Duck will find the...
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Interesting for both international historians and theorists.
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Interview – James Fearon - ISN (blog)

Interview – James Fearon - ISN (blog) | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
Interview – James Fearon
ISN (blog)
... and Waltz's Theory of International Politics was one of them. I found his writing and style of thinking really compelling.
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Guide to International Relations II: Marxism and Constructivism

Guide to International Relations II: Marxism and Constructivism | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
From an epistemological point of view, Marxism created the foundations for critical theory, and it is superior in this sense to the dominant approaches of Anglo-American I.R., that are problem-solving theories.
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still essential today but do we really follow the advice

 

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Why Foreign Intervention in Nigeria is a Bad Idea

This is the first of two posts about Boko Haram & possible US involvement in Nigerian counterterrorism operations. For the second, “What should we do in Nigeria?”, tune in tomorrow.
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Nganyuo Ebai's curator insight, October 11, 2014 9:13 AM

Interventions that come often too late have strings attached to the action!

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Nuclear weapons wouldn’t have fixed what was wrong with Ukraine

Nuclear weapons wouldn’t have fixed what was wrong with Ukraine | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
Tyler Cowen discovers John Mearsheimer’s seminal 1993 Foreign Affairs article “The Case for a Ukrainian Nuclear Deterrent”.
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International Relations as a Social Science - YouTube

Speakers: Professor Iver Neumann Recorded on Monday 28 January 2013 in New Theatre, East Building. One origin of the social sciences lies in opposition to th...
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Neumann's inaugural at the LSE - looks at role of social causes in the study of social life.

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Theory Talks: Theory Talk #63: Siddharth Mallavarapu

Theory Talks: Theory Talk #63: Siddharth Mallavarapu | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
How is the rise of the BRICs in the international political and economic system reflected in our understanding of that system? One key insight is that the discipline of International Relations that has emanated from the northern ...
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Book Review: “Making Human Rights a Reality”

Book Review: “Making Human Rights a Reality” | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
My students and I have just read Emilie Hafner-Burton‘s grand treatise on the human rights regime, Making Human Rights a Reality.
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Something that I don't do enough is read with my students rather than prescribe readings for them.  Something to think about.

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Theory and Policy in International Relations: Some Personal Reflections by Stephen M. Walt | Yale Journal of International Affairs

Theory and Policy in International Relations: Some Personal Reflections by Stephen M. Walt | Yale Journal of International Affairs | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
From Volume 7, Issue 2 - September 2012 (Download PDF) I. INTRODUCTION Most social scientists would like to think that their work helps solve important problems. For scholars of international relations, there is certainly no shortage of ...
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An interesting contribution to a perennial debate.

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Making institutions

Making institutions | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
The new institutionalists have largely focused on the maintenance and evolution of major social and political institutions.
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Gender, Civilian Security and the Paradox of War Norms

I am traveling this week for the 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Center for the Study of Women in Society at University of Oregon, where I completed my doctoral work ten years ago next month.
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Engineering Peace

Engineering Peace | International Relations Theories | Scoop.it
Can third parties do more than foster temporary, unstable ceasefires? Without perpetually holding the belligerents at arms’ length via heavily militarized buffer zones? Is it possible to make peace self-enforcing at a reasonably low cost?
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