Monthly Archives: November 2015

Naming, Framing and Shaming

Photo credits: Francisco Anzola

The US bombing of a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) this month in Kunduz Afghanistan, which killed 22 people including staff and patients, has variously been described as an ‘unfortunate accident’, ‘collateral damage’, and a ‘war crime’. The labelling of this event can be seen as a function ...

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The Opportunity Cost of Conflict: Statistically Comparing Israel and Synthetic Israel

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What would Israel’s economy have looked like without the Palestinian Intifadas? Scholars have long debated the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Israel’s economy. Some point to Israel’s long-term growth trajectory and conclude the conflict has little or no impact on Israel’s economy, while others argue the conflict has a ...

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Obama’s Democratic Legacy

Photo credits: Shane T. Mc Coy, U.S. Navy

Writing on book on Abraham Lincoln, which I am doing for Rowman & Littlefield’s Modernity and Political Thought series, may seem ill-advised given the number of volumes on the 16th president of the United States already extant. On the other hand, given the unstable combination of Lincoln’s iconic status and ...

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Further Thoughts on DA-RT


What’s up with DA-RT? What happened regarding DA-RT at the APSA meeting in San Francisco? Is it true, as one prominent editor has been quoted, that DA-RT is a fait accompli, and that “the train has already left the station?” In recent weeks I have been repeatedly asked these questions. ...

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