IRtalk: An IR Twitter Chat

Dr. Charles Gleek of North Broward Preparatory School and I would like to invite you to par­tic­i­pate in an inter­na­tional rela­tions Twitter chat called IRtalk. The chat runs tonight, 28 May 2014, start­ing at 8:00 p.m. CDT. Use #IRtalk in your tweets to par­tic­i­pate. If you have not par­tic­i­pated in a Twitter chat, check out this brief guide. All […]


Organizing: A Step to More Productivity

I just spent a lit­tle spare time orga­niz­ing the cat­e­gories here on the blog. WordPress lets you pigeon­hole posts into dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, and I just moved those cat­e­gories from a list down the side­bar into the menu just below the header image. A lot of sites I fol­low do this, and it seems to make it a lot eas­ier to guide […]

U.S. Hegemony at the United Nation

U.S. Hegemony: My Remarks

A few weeks ago, I gave the open­ing remarks for and par­tic­i­pated in a fac­ulty panel on “America and the World.” This was my first fac­ulty panel, and there­fore my first oppor­tu­nity to offer open­ing remarks. I was given com­plete lee­way for my remarks, so I focused on U.S. hege­mony. Essentially I show U.S. activ­ity in the inter­na­tional sys­tem, beginning […]

Lego United Nations

Lego United Nations

Last Friday was my birth­day, and over the week­end my wife and rode up to Barton Creek Square, a mall in Austin. Among other things, the mall has a Lego Store. I had never been in one, and I love build­ing Lego sets as a kid, so in we went. We ogled the Death Star and Gandalf in his cart. I was amazed […]


Let’s Make an IR Podcast

A few weeks ago I posted about pod­casts for IR. That led to some inter­est­ing dis­cus­sions about pod­casts for IR, what was being one well and not so well, and what is miss­ing. Why focus on pod­casts so much? International rela­tions has plenty of blogs, jour­nals, mag­a­zines, web­sites, social media accounts, and lots of other places […]


Cyber security strategies across the world

After post­ing on cyber secu­rity a few weeks ago, I have been doing a lit­tle research on national cyber secu­rity strate­gies. I came across this page on the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, and this one run by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (inter­est­ingly head­quar­tered in Estonia) which include cur­rent and expected national cyber secu­rity strate­gies from […]


Skimming made easier

After hear­ing an inter­view with the cofounders of theSkimm yes­ter­day on NPR, I checked out the site and signed up. This is essen­tially news for mil­len­ni­als, where cov­er­age of every­thing from intense, global issues (Ukraine has received top billing the past cou­ple days) to pop cul­ture is con­densed to an eas­ily digestible para­graph or two, compiled […]


From the Feed: Cyber security edition

Over at the Monkey Cage, GWU’s Henry Farrell has been putting up a series of posts over the past few weeks on cyber secu­rity. The topic is par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy as a cou­ple weeks ago Dr. Garry White of Texas State University’s Department of Computer Information Systems spoke to my classes on the tech­ni­cal and eth­i­cal aspects of cyber secu­rity. He […]

A typical RSS

From the RSS Feed

A few inter­est­ing posts from my RSS feed: On the cor­po­ra­ti­za­tion of the uni­ver­sity: The ratio of fac­ulty and staff to admin­is­tra­tion is shrink­ing, and non-​​​​teaching per­son­nel pay­rolls are sky­rock­et­ing; also, even if stu­dents are cus­tomers, the cus­tomer is not always right. For grad­u­ate stu­dents: you’re not an impos­tor. Also, Chronicle Vitae (my pro­file) has a new, free […]


Expanding my social media presence

I have been off Facebook for over a year now, and I have not missed it one tiny bit. I enjoy tweet­ing at fel­low polit­i­cal sci­ence and inter­na­tional rela­tions schol­ars. This past week though I delved into two other social media sites: Google+ and red­dit. I dab­bled in Google+ for about two min­utes a few years ago when it first came […]