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Don't Forget NATO

James Goldgeier

This year, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union. James Goldgeier, Dean of the School of International Service at American University, reminds us that peace and prosperity in the E.U. would not have been possible without the United States and NATO, in his recent article, "Don't Forget NATO".

Regulating the Resource Curse

Jeff Colgan

"Research shows that oil-producing states led by revolutionary governments...are more than three times as likely to instigate militarized international conflicts as a typical state," writes Jeff Colgan in his article in Foreign Policy magazine. Colgan explains the positive impact that new regulations by the Securities and Exchange Commission will have on oil-rich developing countries. 

Read Colgan's corresponding guest post titled, "Oil, Transparency, and the Causes of War," on The Monkey Cage blog.

No More Cups of Tea: Terrorism Research and Law

Tanisha Fazal

Can buying a cup of tea for a terrorist lead to jail? In her recent post on The Monkey Cage blog, Tanisha Fazal, a political science professor at Columbia University, describes the dangers of the vague language in the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). The post was co-written by Jessica Martini, a human rights and international trade attorney.

The OECD's Positive Peer Pressure

Martin Edwards

Martin S. Edwards, Associate Professor at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy, emphasizes the value of the OECD surveys in, "The OECD's Positive Peer Pressure," on Project Syndicate. "An international organization should be judged according to the quality of information and advice that it provides, not by whether governments listen," states Edwards.

Democracy Promotion in Tunisia

Sarah Bush

Are we repeating democracy promotion mistakes in Tunisia? Sarah Bush, Assistant Professor at Temple University, seeks to answer that question in her recent editorial on ForeignPolicy.com.

Lessons from IPSI

Joshua Busby

IPSI participants are charged with the task of bridging the policy-academia gap. First, they must define the gap and the obstacles to bridging the divide. Joshua Busby, Assistant Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School, blogged about his experience at IPSI 2012 and his views on bridging the gap. Take a look at his posting, "Is International Relations Useful?" on Duck of Minerva.

The Politics of Walking the Dog

Elizabeth Saunders

Do politicians carefully calculate when to reveal their furry companions? Elizabeth Saunders, Assistant Professor at George Washington University (GWU), worked with scholars from GWU and Reed College to complete a study of the strategic use of presidential pets. The study was recently featured in the article, "Going to the dogs: When do presidents trot out the first pooch?" on the CNN political ticker.

Has the Arab Spring reached Moscow?

Seve Gunitsky

Moscow has witnessed a series of protests against Vladimir Putin’s regime and recent publications associate these uprisings with the Arab Spring. Vsevolod Gunitskiy, Assistant Professor at the Munk School, discourages this comparison in his is recent posting on The Monkey Cage blog. “Russia’s protests bear little resemblance to the upheaval in the Middle East,” writes Gunitsky.