The International Studies Association Executive Committee has forwarded a proposal to the Governing Council that meets at the Association’s annual meeting that addresses blogging. The proposal and my take on it are discussed at my blog. The essence of it is to prohibit those involved in the editing of journals from blogging. The text of it goes beyond that, assuming/asserting that blogging is inherently unprofessional. That is not a message that the ISA should be sending out now or ever, really.
With the year barely begun, we have already seen much over-the-top, endless self-promotion, so I will try to avoid that trap.
I hope cold links are good as the temperature up in Ottawa is now just at 0F (known as the temperature where dogs whine and snot freezes in one’s nose).
Anyhow, here are my last links of 2013:
I tried to get this out at dusk, but Steve Martin and I both have a problem with doing things at dusk. This week’s Tuesday links follow thusly:
My new job as semi-weekly Tuesday linker is off to an uneven start. I am behind on link collection as I was roaming this past weekend in the cell phone sense–in the US where my cell phone is super-expensive and wifi was not so available.
Anyhow, here are some links that may be of interest to the Duck community (or not).
Happy Valentine’s Day Duckies! Here are a few interesting links on love and gender.
First, for those of you feeling completely clueless when it comes to romance, the Huffington Post put up a list of Five Courses about Sex and Love, including “Beyond Hooking Up: Creating Meaningful Relationships” — a Chemistry and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies course at Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts) and “Dating and Mating” — a Women’s Studies course at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina).
Second, rather than chocolates, Ms Magazine hands out a list of suggestions for ways to mark Valentine’s Day with feminist activism.
Third, the Daily Beast offers a list of Nine Things Women Actually Want for Valentine’s Day, including more realistic orgasm predictions (it’s not too late!!).
Finally, thousands of men and women around the world are focused on ending violence against women rather than candies and roses. The One Billion Rising campaign is encouraging people to walk, dance, rise up and demand an end to violence against women. There have been a variety of flash mobs and rallies as a result. Continue reading
Happy New Year, if you’re into that whole Gregorian calendar thing. (And this photo is, inshallah, our last Gangnam Style reference.)
Sorry to those of you who thinks this blog inclines too much toward America-centric linkage; there’s a lot of that in today’s edition. Look below for more traditional IR links. On a related note, I’d appreciate hearing from commenters what blogs I should be reading. I skim a lot of them, but many seem to have gone moribund over the past several months (or been absorbed by our Borg-ish ducky blog here). And given Foreign Policy‘s irritating new sign-in procedures, I’m now much less likely to read anything over there. While we’re at it, let me promote Daniel Solomon’s Twitter feed (@danatgu).
There was a fiscal cliff deal:
- Even the Liberal New Republic‘s Tim Noah was critical. (Dear Congressional Democrats: “Do not ‘come together.’ Stay apart. Until it’s 2013.”)
- So was Brad DeLong, a University of California at Berkeley economics professor.
- Paul Krugman suggests it’s not that bad but that liberals are troubled by how Obama handled the negotiations.
Other U.S.-centric links:
- In our continuing desultory Hagel Watch, Pat Buchanan endorses Hagel. That shouldn’t make Duck readers more or less leery of supporting him, but I do want to disagree with a comment made on this site some few days ago that the natural position for an Obama Republican Cabinet nominee was State or Defense. I know the Democrats have a thin bench, but choosing administrative personnel matters a lot, and installing a Republican–even a man now apparently without a party, but not by his choice–at DoD can’t help but seem like an endorsement of a hazy elite norm of bipartisanship over the policies that actual Obama voters chose.
- I should note that, given the Duck’s contributors’ political leanings, it may occasionally seem as if we don’t note the differences among the varieties of the American Right. That’s not quite true. In particular, I’ve been consistently impressed by the American Conservative‘s commitment to dialogue and engagement; the contributors and editors at AmCon embarrass the Weekly Standard and National Review by showing that “conservative” and “troglodytic” are not synonyms. I may be biased by this anti-extravert article, however. (For the younger readers among us, this now decade-old Jonathan Rauch piece in the Atlantic is even better.)
In the wide world:
I’m now in a different time zone, although one rather less glamorous than the one I left yesterday. On the other hand, with temperatures in the mid-50s, it appears that my childhood home has decided to cease being part of the mid-South and instead become part of the tropics.
One consequence of my not being in DC at the moment is that this is an unusually U.S.-centric package of links. This is also the consequence of Foreign Policy‘s apparently requiring some new signin stuff, which I refuse to do on principle and which threw a wrench in my link-gathering strategy for the day. Sorry.
Finally, last minute gift ideas, if you’re really stuck!
As the forces of nature marshall for an attack on the east coast, I thought I’d call attention to Belfer’s new blog, Power & Policy (via SW). If it becomes a breakout hit, we just might have to think our whole lack of institutional affiliation approach.
(I thought of making some kind of lame “power” joke. Something along the lines of, “better check them out until they’re just “policy.” But then I thought better of it.)
My parents got an advanced taste of devastation when a microburst completely blocked their summer house from the road by taking down a ton of trees. I got them out with my trusty Subaru and an extra-large ice coffee. Because nothing stops a man with a gay-friendly car and lots of caffeine.
We’ve stockpiled wine, flashlights, and graphic novels. What about the rest of our right-coast bloggers and readers?
Blogger has finally started to restore posts, but it doesn’t look like everything is back yet. Meanwhile, my partner’s off to Kazakhstan, I’ve got 38 seminar papers and 16 short essays to grade, and my daughter’s become obsessed with Naruto. So, in lieu of posting anything substantive:
- Rob Farley has some thoughts on the air campaign in Libya;
- PM’s thoughts on qualitative and quantitative methods deserves more commentary from our academic readers;
- Al Jazeera chronicles how Saudia Arabia’s new protectorate, the Bahrain’s government, is using its Arab Spring crackdown to systematically destroy rival centers of power;
- Phil Arena’s three posts on “Rational Choice Apologetics” lay out an important defense of his favored approach–if
PTJ someone here doesn’t take the bait, I figure I’ll at least have to write something on the “Tyranny of Soft Rationalism in IR Theory”;
- Five months in and I’m still really liking the Decemberist’s The King is Dead;
- My aforementioned partner just finished John Courtenay Grimwood’s Pashazade, and endorses it as much as I do — and because it’s something like six years old, you don’t have to wait for Grimwood to finish the trilogy; and
- Grading Interstellar Relations final papers reminds me how Iain M. Banks returned to form with Surface Detail.