From the SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology, Salvador Mateos (Colmex) and Alvaro Morcillo Laiz (CIDE): International Relations and Political Sociology. From International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity, ed. by Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith, here is the entry on poststructuralism by Roland Bleiker and David Campbell. Richard Haas on 13 international relations buzzwords that need to get taken to the woodshed. Joseph S. Nye on soft power: The origins and political progress of a concept. The introduction to How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics by Robert Jervis. You can download The Future of International Relations: Masters in the Making?, ed. Iver B.Neumann and Ole Waever (1997).


Erwin Chemerinsky and Michele Goodwin (UC-Irvine): Abortion: A Woman’s Private Choice. Ordnance as ordinance: Michael Weinman on the MOAB bomb and the Biblical roots of our endless war. The head of the Census Bureau just quit, and the consequences are huge (and more). From Lawfare, can a president’s absolute immunity be trumped? We’re about to experience a flood of litigation testing what Nixon v. Fitzgerald really means. “You can’t let your emotions overtake you so much that you can’t do the work”: Colleen Walsh interviews Annette Gordon-Reed. No left turns: The present mood of the country justifies the hiring of an unapologetic socialist op-ed columnist, as opposed to a box-checking conservative.

Trump’s commission on “election integrity” will lead to massive voter suppression: It will be led by Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, who have a very long history of making it harder to vote (and more). Thread: “States with highest Black vote drop (MI, WI, OH, NC) had biggest vote list purges and new ID laws. It’s not ‘turn-out’, it’s Jim Crow”.


The knives are out for Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster: In the White House “Game of Thrones for morons”, Steve Bannon is trying to turn the president against his national security advisor. Just how unusual is the Trump White House? Every White House has its management problems, and this one is no different — or is it? Trump’s random policy generator: In this White House, personnel is policy for all the wrong reasons. Donald Trump After Hours: From where the 45th President works, eats and sleeps, everything is going just great — now if only everyone else would see it that way. Trump to hang map of his national popular vote loss in White House.


“Let’s take a moment to compare the Senate process to pass the ACA with the Senate process on Trumpcare, shall we?” Trumpcare is causing Wall Street to question Trump’s whole economic agenda. The healthcare bill exposes Trump’s chilling authoritarian agenda: It’s not only an assault on our bodies, but on our political will. Why Republicans want women pay more than men for insurance. How Trumpcare turns back the clock on disability rights. Republicans are murdering ObamaCare and calling it suicide. The four flagrant lies Republicans are telling to sell Trumpcare. Republicans party like it’s 1984: Making policy by lying about everything. Donald Trump has no idea what health insurance costs.

How to fix Trumpcare: To build a better health care bill, Republican senators need to learn a lesson from the architects of the Affordable Care Act. How Nevada fixed Obamacare: The state made one policy decision that made selling marketplace coverage way more financially appealing.


Will Republicans check Trump’s presidential power? Richard Nixon’s dismissal of the Watergate special prosecutor was met with bipartisan outrage — it’s less clear whether the public, and its political leaders, will respond in kind to the firing of FBI director James Comey (and more). From Fox News to the Senate floor, Republicans close ranks behind Trump firing Comey. Mitch McConnell is doing incalculable damage to our democracy. I’m sticking with my president: What has changed since Nixon’s day? “Days like this, it is helpful to remember that 24% of Americans still supported Nixon at the time of his resignation”. The complicated politics of impeachment are coming into play in Trump’s Washington.

President Trump just crippled his legislative agenda. Democrats grind Senate’s work to a halt over Comey firing (and more and more). It’s now up to Democrats to save American democracy.


Anna Popkova (Western Michigan): “Putin is Playing Chess and I Think We Are Playing Marbles”: Vladimir Putin’s “Soft Power” and the American Right. The most powerful members of the Trump administration disagree with him about Russia. Eugene Rumer, Richard Sokolsky, and Andrew S. Weiss on guiding principles for a sustainable U.S. policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Tony Wood reviews Return to Cold War by Robert Legvold; Should We Fear Russia? by Dmitri Trenin; and Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War by Peter Conradi. Joss Meakins on why Russia is far less threatening than it seems.

Trump’s new Russia expert wrote a psychological profile of Vladimir Putin and it should scare Trump: Carlos Lozada reviews Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin by Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy. Putin is poised to take advantage of Trump’s retreat from the world. Russia, feeling slighted by Trump, seeks a reset.


Inside the F.B.I., stunned agents wonder about future of Russia inquiry. After Comey, here are the options for an independent Russia inquiry. The great American ass-covering: With James Comey’s firing, the entire Justice Department is now hopelessly compromised. Rosenstein and Justice Department lawyers now have special obligations. Dems want special counsel on Russia, but don’t want Rosenstein to pick one. A look at the past work of the Deputy AG who called for Comey’s firing. Will Rod Rosenstein keep his promises? Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department are helping Trump lie: Only the bureaucrats can save us now.


Carys J. Craig (Toronto): Technological Neutrality: Recalibrating Copyright in the Information Age. What does Vladimir Putin want? What Putin is up to — and why he may have overplayed his hand. A season of regret for an aging tribal expert in India: T.N. Pandit, 82, an anthropologist who studied indigenous groups and coaxed them into contact with outsiders, now agrees that the Jarawa people have been damaged by such exposure. Her father championed Jewish refugees — she finances the anti-Muslim refugee movement. How TV has trivialized our culture and politics: Sean Illing interviews Lance Strate, author of Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman’s Brave New World.


It’s not just Comey: The scary past 24 hours in Trump-Russia, explained (and more). OK, now is it Watergate? A realtime chronicler of Nixon’s downfall assesses Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Is America a failing state? Our country is at a crossroads. If it happened there: Political chaos as regime purges powerful security chief. “Suck it up and move on” is the moral philosophy of the Trump era: Donald Trump’s constantly changing lies are making life impossible for his defenders. Brian Resnick on Donald Trump and the slippery slope to becoming a prolific liar. David Roberts: “OK, y’all, time for some game theory. Ha ha, jk. It’s actually time for some theory of mind! Gigantic tweetstorm to follow. Brace thyself”.


From Philosophy and Public Issues, a symposium on People and Territory, including Ian Carter (Pavia): Territory, Self-determination, and Individual Autonomy. Theodore Christakis (Grenoble) and Aristoteles Constantinides (Cyprus): Territorial Disputes in the Context of Secessionist Conflicts. Milena Sterio (Cleveland State): Secession: A Proposal for a New Legal Framework. Joseph Blocher and G. Mitu Gulati (Duke): Forced Secessions. Marvin Suesse (NYU): Shaping the Size of Nations: A Test of the Determinants of Secessions. Arnold N. Pronto (UN): Irredentist Secession in International Law. Joseph Blocher and Mitu Gulati (Duke): Forced Secessions; and A Market for Sovereign Control. Anna Gelpern (Georgetown): Cinderella Sovereignty.

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