Since I have been reading a lot of material on the civil war in Syria lately, I wanted to highlight the most informative articles on the current crisis. This list is not concerned with the debate on U.S. involvement but is focused on content that explains the issues prompting global concern.
A Kellogg's View Blog
Since my academic research is focused on International Relations and Political Economy, posts will largely be drawn from these topics. As a born and bred American, however, it will be impossible for me to refrain from offering my own views and analysis of U.S. domestic politics. In particular, I am interested in the way an individual’s values shape political preferences.
The case being made by President Obama and others that the international norm prohibiting the use of chemical weapons has to be enforced through military force by punishing the Syrian government is to my knowledge completely unprecedented. It also seems dangerously incoherent.
Is the United States being hypocritical when it talks about supporting democratic transitions around the world while at the same time providing aid to repressive governments like Egypt? Is McCain correct that democratic values should define America’s foreign policy interest? My conclusion is that it depends on whether one is talking about short term or long term goals.
The key point that I want to emphasize is that publicly funded research is a common good, which by definition benefits everyone and doesn’t have a market substitute. Political Science is not less important than any other discipline and probably has a broader impact than most. Thus, I urge everyone to take action by contacting their senators and elected representatives to fully restore funding for political science without the Coburn requirements.
The logic that the poor become dependent on charity seems plausible, but is it true? The evidence would suggest no. Contrary to the above anecdote, research has found that unconditional cash transfers are usually invested in vocational training and lead to substantial increased earnings