As many of our readers know, I am the incoming editor-in-chief of International Studies Quarterly, the “flagship journal” of the International Studies Association. My team will begin to take new submissions in October. The full handoff occurs in January of 2014. The scope and nature of the responsibilities involved are inconsistent with an active presence here. Indeed, my time-management and logistical skills are insufficient to support both activities. Thus, I will be phasing out of my various roles at the Duck of Minerva over the next few weeks.

In practice, this means that my last major contribution to the Duck of Minerva will our upcoming symposium on the European Journal of International Relations‘ “End of IR Theory” special issue. I also expect that I will be posting some reflections on nine years of blogging and on the evolution of the Duck of Minerva. I don’t know how much interest there will be on these subjects, but writing about them will provide me with a sense of closure.

My imminent departure means that the Duck of Minerva will be short a number of permanent bloggers. I’m happy to note that additional guest bloggers will be joining the team to ensure a steady stream of content. I think recent blogging on Syria, guest posts on professional concerns, and scholarly debates and discussions at the Duck of Minerva are a good indicator that the blog will continue on its upward trajectory.

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