Monthly Archives: October 2013

Connecticut elections






Update: You can register and vote on the same day tomorrow! It is that time of year again. Another November, another election. And again, I have the same gripe about voting here that I have had since moving here: there is no voting guide (for instance, my posts on Nov 6, 2012 and Oct 5,…

Brittany Spears is a Weapon of Mass Destruction






Best news of the day: the British Navy is using Brittany Spears songs to scare off Somali pirates. Kevin Heller reports on Opinio Juris: This is an unconscionable tactic, one that does not befit a country that considers itself civilized. Need I remind the British Navy that torture is illegal under both international and UK law?…

Talk Today! Iyengar on Polarization






Today: Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:15 p.m. Public Affairs Center 002 Sponsored by the Government Department Fear and Loathing Across Party Lines: New Evidence on Group Polarization Professor Shanto Iyengar Department of Political Science Stanford University Professor Iyengar presents the results of three related studies showing that Americans today are divided even more strongly by…

ATS Update: Daimler v. Bauman






This should be of interest to my International Law students. The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) has been used as a way to bring foreign human rights claims into US courts. Adam Steinman has a post on Opinio Juris about the oral arguments in this case, which resembles Kiobel. The Ninth Circuit in California found that…

What Makes a Great Scholar? » Duck of Minerva






This is an article drawing on the lessons we can learn from the work and life of Kenneth Waltz, one of the most influential IR theorists of the last century. What Makes a Great Scholar? » Duck of Minerva. Some highlights: First, ask big and important questions. Start with the question and the puzzle to…

Event: ‘Leo Africanus’ Discovers Comedy: A Mediterranean Adventure






‘Leo Africanus’ Discovers Comedy: A Mediterranean Adventure From Wesleyan’s Website: Sep. 15, 2013 by Ann Tanasi This talk stages a dialogue between two theatrical traditions at the end of the Middle Ages: the popular theater of the Arabic and Islamic world and the theater of Christian Europe. It does so through the adventures of Hasan…