A Kellogg's View Blog

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[Updated] A Guide To Understanding Syria

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.

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A Kellogg’s View: The Official Launch of my International Relations and Political Economy 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.

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Democratic Values and Foreign Policy Interests

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.

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National Science Foundation Cuts Current Round of Political Science Funding

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.