Monthly Archives: February 2012

GEP Course Notes: Game Theoretic Approaches






Scott Barrett’s Environment and Statecraft heavily relies on game theory to make its arguments about environmental treaty-making. But what are the strengths and weaknesses of this approach? Well, first it is important to note that Barrett has a lot of company with his approach. A nice article written in the Atlantic Monthly back in 1993,…

IL Course Notes: Actors






The theme this week, carried over from last week, is “actors in international law”. We will finish discussing states, and move on to other actors. But the unfortunate events in Syria provide a lens for thinking about some of these actors. One of the first things we learn in international law is that sovereign states…

WES-FID: Some thoughts






I thought yesterday’s student-run Forum on International Development was a great success. The event was well-organized and well-attended. But most of all, I think there were opportunities for just about everyone who attended to learn something new. Here is what I observed: Morning Keynote David Rice, Executive Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute, gave a…

Noted: Climate Change Edition






Some good news: “U.S., 5 Nations to Cut Methane, Soot Emissions” But also some bad news, and some just not-so-great-news, on the climate front: Uganda’s glaciers are disappearing (not really new news, but there are some great pictures on the BBC website). Also on the BBC website: Canada is “muzzling its scientists” I”m not sure…

WES-FID: Commenting on SHOFCO






Tomorrow (Saturday, Feb 18) Wesleyan students are hosting a Forum on International Development. And I am very excited about this event! There are a number of reasons I think this will be a great event. It celebrates some of the fantastic things our students and alumni have done. This conference really just touches the tip…

News: Switzerland cleans space






OK, I know this plays into a certain type of stereotyping, but I couldn’t resist. My times doing research and teaching in Switzerland taught me this is one clean country. And now, they plan to clean space! I would trust them on this. They seem to have a comparative advantage in keeping places clean! Switzerland…

Teaching






“Using Google Docs to Forma Peer-Review Writing Workshop” via the Chronicle of Higher Education

Noted






Political scientists are hotter than economists The 7 equations that explain everything Anonymous might have taken down the CIA’s website Jeremy Lin is incredible. I have already spent too much time analyzing his brief career. And check out his “nerdy” handshake:  

Africa Surfing






Surfing in Africa… I never had the opportunity but an ex-roommate and a few friends in Ghana have done so.