Tag Archive for United States

Colleagues on the Shutdown






Elvin Lim, Government: On Shutdown Politics: Why it is Not the Constitution’s Fault So it is not the Constitution that is at fault. It is faction, injected like a toxin into the Constitution, that has caused the separation of powers to go awry. And if so, the short-term solution for shutdown politics is to call…

Our diplomatic fortresses: An Op-Ed on Benghazi by Boduszyński






An op-ed from a good friend and colleague. As the quote below suggests, our reaction to the Benghazi attacks has had some unfortunate consequences. The Road from Benghazi by Mieczysław Boduszyński – Project Syndicate. After the Benghazi attacks, I grieved not only for my fallen colleagues, but also for the loss of the chance to…

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: Climate Change, Global Politics, and International Law






Earth Day is this Sunday and in both of my classes we are discussing the politics and international law of climate change this week and next. So I thought it might be a good opportunity to examine the recent news. Fragmented Global Governance and Climate Change A quick look at Reuter’s Diary on the Global…

Africa Notes: US-African Union Relations






An interview with Michael Battle, the US Ambassador to the African Union: allAfrica.com: Africa: U.S. Ambassador in Conversation On African Union. Highlights: First, there are the necessary vague policy statements: it is in our strategic, tactical, and vested interest to have a kind of capacity to strengthen the capacity of the African Union, to make…

Lim on Obama’s Leadership Gap; the NYC Mosque






This is my colleague Elvin Lim on Obama’s lack of leadership on the NYC Mosque issue. Obama is compared to Polonius and we are told that Obama is not being professorial enough. Definitely worth a read: Out on a Lim: Obama’s Leadership Gap.

Obama, Midterm Elections, and Foreign Policy






I am far from being an expert on American politics and elections. But I do tend to pay attention when they intersect my interests in international relations and I’ve gleaned a few tidbits from my Americanist colleagues: foreign policy preferences can impact voter attitudes (Aldrich et al. 2006); there may be “two presidencies” (domestic and…