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How things change: Kashmir edition

This is an excerpt from a 1954 Foreign Affairs article by Josef Korbel. It’s titled “Danger in Kashmir”, and I came across it while doing some research. The strategic location...

Euro 2012 preview and prediction competition

Okay, so I did this for the 2010 World Cup and it was a mild success, so I’m doing so again. Basically, readers are encouraged to predict how the groups...

Obama’s ‘kill-list’ and the drones issue in general

Before you do anything, please make sure to read this NYT report on the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism policy. There are some fascinating and absurd nuggets as they relate to Pakistan...

Political science and order in politics

Via Monkey Cage, check out Paul Staniland’s latest paper (PDF) on wartime political orders (full disclosure: Paul is a friend and on my dissertation committee). The basic point of the...