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How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang | Alexandre Afonso






From: How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang | Alexandre Afonso. With a constant supply of new low-level drug sellers entering the market and ready to be exploited, drug lords can become increasingly rich without needing to distribute their wealth towards the bottom. You have an expanding mass of rank-and-file “outsiders” ready to forego income for…

Noted: Cats are on the side of the rebels in Syria






Cute Cat Politics Ethan Zuckerman posted this piece about how the Free Syrian Army might be utilizing “cute cat politics” in their cause. Follow the link to see Yasmeen the cat on sniper duty and hear how the rebels sleep with abandoned kittens.

Linked: “How The American University was Killed”






Saw this on a friend’s Facebook post. I’m not sure the American University has been killed yet, but it is definitely having problems. I can think of some other problems that rank up with those mentioned here, but these points are worth a conversation on their own. How The American University was Killed, in Five…

Noted: Acemoglu on the Future






We all do it even though we probably shouldn’t . Daron Acemoglu offers his predictions for the world his grandchildren will inherit. Apparently war will go away, which might leave a number of IR scholars without a job! Daron Acemoglu’s Predictions – Business Insider. The original NBER Paper

Course Notes – IL: Philippines v. China and the Law of the Sea






China has a long history of disputes with other nations regarding their sovereignty over islands. Japan and China are currently at odds over some islands in the East China Sea (owned by a private Japanese individual). Vietnam recently sent six Buddhist monks to lay claim to the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. And…

Noted: Charli Carpenter on IR and New Media






This video from a presentation by Charli Carpenter has been posted a number of places. I first saw it over at the Monkey Cage. She poses a number of questions about how “new media” – facebook, blogs, twitter, youtube, etc. – and its use by IR scholars might be changing the relationship between IR scholarship…

Noted: Random bits






Business Insider reports that “Rich People are More Likely to Cut Off Other Drivers and Run over Pedestrians.” They link to a study out of UC Berkeley and U Toronto, published in PNAS that has this abstract: Seven studies using experimental and naturalistic methods reveal that upper-class individuals behave more unethically than lower-class individuals. In…