"IR Has Something to Say" Threads

Below are links to threads I have written on Twitter on various IR topics, typically showing how IR scholarship helps us understand the topic:

 

 

Why the US history of race and racisim impacts national security

 

How Operationa Barbarossa Changed History

 

How the Emancipation Proclamation Prevented European Recognition of the South

 

Liberal International Order, Hedley Bull, and the IO 75th Anniversary Special Issue

 

What is meant by "Rules-based Order"?

 

History of US being an A**hole in Foreign Policy

 

Why Small States matter in US-China Great Power Competition

 

The "America First Cacus" and Clash of Civilizations

 

Comparing media coverage of the Trump Versus Biden Afghanistan Troop withdrawal

 

Breakdown of CPOST January 6 Capitol Attacks Report

 

Good Friday Special: International Politics of the New Testament's Passion Account

 

The Ever Given debacle and the fragility of the global economy

 

The problems with a global pandemic treaty

 

Should NATO counter China?

 

Should Americans be concerned about the National Debt?

 

How much does the US actually spend on defense?

 

Difficulty of determining why the US invaded Iraq in 2003?

 

Realism and Liberalism in the Biden Interim NSS document

 

Is there such a thing as a "defensive only" weapon?

 

Imperial Policing and the US military

 

Must the US reassure it's allies?

 

Biden and "Team America" foreign policy

 

Problems with the "Longer Telegram" (comparing it to the "Long Telegram")

 

The Meaning of January 6 for American Democracy

 

 

2020 THREADS

 

Thread of "IR and Movies" Threads from 2020

 

International Relations Lessons from "DIE HARD"

 

The "Empirical Evidence" supporting the Democratic Peace

 

Sovereignty as a concept and sovereignty in the United States

 

George Marshall and the challenges of generals as SecDef

 

Somalia troop withdrawal and the value of the using an "IR angle" to analyze events

 

Hypocrisy and Contradiction as features of the LIO

 

Israel, Saudi Arabia, and a "MENA NATO"

 

Reasons for US invading Iraq

 

The purpose of Biden Administration supporting "permanent alliances"

 

The problems with "Democratic Consolidation" as a concept

 

US Presidential Election v College Football (not an IR thread) 

 

Foreign Policy Implications of Biden Administration (continuity or change?)

 

"The Rock" as criticism of US pursuing primacy

 

UN is 78 years old, not 75 years old

 

Caucasus in 2020 compared to the Balkans in 1914

 

"Rocky IV" as ultimate "Cold War" movie

 

Leader Exile

 

US-China relations: Competitor, Adversary, or Enemy?

 

Global consequences of Woodrow Wilson catching the 1918 Flu

 

John D Rockefeller, World War I, and the US Income Tax

 

Breonna Taylor's death and the blurring of policing and military agencies

 

US Foreign Policy as a Cause for Trump's rise to the Presidency

 

RBG and the "Globalization" of the Supreme Court

 

August 2017 and what we (don't) know about the causes of war

 

Merchants of Death, Militar Industrial-Complex, & US Generals 

 

Battle of Belleau Wood and US Entry into WWI

 

Explaining US Opposition to the ICC

 

What if Wakanda became the World's Most Powerful Nation?

 

The Impact of Women's Suffrage on International Politics

 

Explaining "embarassing vote failures" at UN Security Council

 

Why D-Day is NOT like College Football

 

The "Nuclear Taboo"

 

Feasibility of an "Alliance of Democracies"

 

The Civil Rights Movement and US Legitimacy during the Cold War

 

"Allies" or just "Treaty Partners"?

 

Using "Independence Day" to Teach IR Concepts (Reboot)

 

How COVID19 Undermines International Cooperation

 

The role of "Middle Powers" in "Solving" the COVID19 Crisis

 

Woodrow Wilson's Racism and the Creation of the League of Nations

 

Does COVID19 Make 2020 the new "1989"?

 

How COVID19 Contributed to Mass BLM Protests

 

The Peace Dividend and how MRAP Vehicles went to Police Departments

 

Mini-Thread on Link b/w Iraq War & Militarization of US Police Forces

 

Trump Withdrawal from WHO and why states exit IOs

 

COVID19 and the International Politics of Preventing Human Extinction

 

Debate over WTO and Role of International Organizations in World Politics

 

The World Health Assembly and US-China Power Politics Posturing

 

Will COVID19 Promote Peace?

 

Controversy over ECB response to COVID19 and the Future of the EU

 

COVID19 Vaccine Telethon Non-participants and "Vaccine Nationalism"

 

COVID19 and Global Trade: Stabilize or Weaponize

 

World Politics of Chinese "Reparations" for COVID19

 

UFOs and International Relations

 

NATO's Response to COVID19

 

Trump, Leader Culpability, and COVID19 Response

 

Ten Key Books on the Global Politics of Oil

 

UN Security Council Lack of Response to COVID19

 

US states forming "pacts" and the Constitution as an International Organization

 

Leaders, States, or System as Explaning non-cooperation against COVID19

 

Russia "hiding" and "International Distancing" during COVID19 Crisis

 

China, WHO, and The Influence of States on IOs

 

Did Collapse of USSR lead to increased political polarization in USA?

 

Lessons from World War I allies and COVID19 Joint Response

 

Dollar Dominance and Continuing US Hegemony Despite COVID19

 

Why Borders are Useful

 

Defense Production Act from Truman to Trump

 

What the World Health Organization teaches about International Organizations

 

Economic Turmoil and Sovereign Default depends on irregular leaders

 

Explaining the Saudi Oil Production Boost?

 

Liberal Order Debate and Money

 

The International Politics of the Coronavirus Pandemic

 

Foreign Policy issues (Gold and Colonies) in the 1900 Presidential Election

 

Lineage of the IDEA of "World Order"

 

There was an Interwar "Realist v Idealist" Debate

 

US Presidents and Constraints on the Use of Force in Foreign Policy

 

US Exceptionalism and its critics

 

Walls and their impact on trade

 

Departure Day and the History of Britain with European Integration

 

What scholars know about link between trade and alliances

 

Recent History of "military option" for US to stop Iran Nuclear program

 

Leader "decapitation strike" and deterrence

 

 

2019 THREADS

 

Comparing the International System in 2020s to 19th Century

 

Origins of the phrase "International Order"

 

Reminder of role of issue linkage in Donald Trump Impeachment

 

"Naming and Shaming" in International Politics

 

Centrality of Russia to the study of international security

 

What Do We Know About War: Lessons from Ukraine

 

What Do We Know About War: Lessons from War Finance

 

Teaching Clash of Civilization

 

The Meaning of "Ally"

 

Mini-Thread on the Varieties of Realism

 

The Use of "Quid Pro Quo" (or "issue linkage") in International Politics

 

Why Abandoning the Kurds will not hurt US alliance reputation

 

Summary of Foreign Affairs Piece on Decline of War

 

Trump News Conference on NATO and the Kurds as allies

 

Reasons and Implications of Trump pulling Troops Out of Northern Syria

 

Economics Sanctions and Trading with the Enemy

 

Debunking "Broken Window" Theory of US Foreign Policy

 

Ukraine relations with Russia and "The West" as context for Trump-Zelensky Phone Call

 

US-Iran Relations and use of the phrase "Great Satan"

 

History of Saudi Arabia paying for US protection

 

WWI's Lessons for Possible War in Persian Gulf

 

Democratic Peace as a "degenerate" research program?

 

Oil market reactions to firing of John Bolton as NSA

 

Fighting and Violence as a way of improving bargaining position during war

 

Causes of Sovereign Debt Default and that it is actually rare (Argentina is unusual)

 

Onset of World War II, World War I, and Meaning for NATO in Europe

 

Anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

 

Denmark's Role in NATO Expansion

 

JFK & "Catholic Loyalty Tests" to the United States

 

Work on defining International Order

 

Definitions of International Order

 

Literature on land purchases in international politics

 

Mini-thread of Merze Tate and being pessimistic about Arms Control

 

Review of Terrorism research review pieces

 

Mini-Thread on International Origins of 2nd Amendment and US gun regulation

 

Followup Mini-Thread on No-First-Use Nuclear Policy and Preempitve War

 

Mini-Thread on No-First-Use Nuclear Policy and Preemptive War

 

Bureaucracy and "The Deep State" in Foreign Policy

 

Summary of Krep's "Taxing Wars" review and funding of Native American Wars

 

Measuring Democracy and state of US Democracy

 

Books on External Democracy Assistance

 

Short Thread on Why I Study International Politics

 

Mini-Thread on the World Wars skewing how we think of war

 

Mini-Thread on Clash of Civilizations not being highly regarded in policy or scholarship

 

Mini-Thread on early (18th century) thinkers about the Commercial Peace

 

Using the movie "Independence Day" to Teach International Relations

 

Legacy of Versailles reading suggestions

 

US Role in Maintaining Stability in the Persian Gulf

 

History of US Income Tax and War

 

Scholarship on US War Taxation

 

Iran Shot down drone and Trump Changing Mind on Retalitory Strike

 

Early History of IR as a Discipline

 

Day-to-Day politics in international relations

 

Hosting the Olympics is a Bad Investment

 

Audience Costs

 

Hegemonic Stability Theory

 

Followup Mini-Thread on Hegemonic Stability Theory

 

Tiananmen Square and Politics of the Olympics

 

Commercial Peace

 

Geoeconomics

 

Follow up Mini-Thread on Geoeconomics

 

International Politics of the American Civil War

 

Did NATO Expansion Help Democracy?

 

Mini-thread on the patterns of global conflict

 

Mini-thread on US financial instruments of empire

 

NATO 7 for 70 Threads!

 

Thread on Religion infusing US Foreign Policy

 

Brazil in NATO

 

Mini-Thread on use of field experiments in IR Research

 

Economics of Alliances

 

Flattery as a Bargaining Tactic

 

Recognition in International Politics

 

Mini-thread on two-level games and international negotiations

 

2018 THREADS

 

Mini-thread on literature relevant to Syrian troop withdraw

 

Secrecy in International Politics

 

Mini-thread on British Empire and International Law

 

Mini-thread on Major Powers fomenting internal wars

 

Mini-thread on USMCA and Treaty Design

 

Major Modern Power Wars

 

Meaning of "Non-Western IR"

 

International Order and Military Bases

 

Journals publishing non-Western IR research

 

Mini-Thread on need to reconceptualize "conflicts" as "wars"

 

Conceptualizing "primary belligerents" in Modern Wars

 

The Continuing existence of Major Power Wars

 

Mini-thread #2 on most wars being short

 

Mini-thread #1 on most wars being short

 

Status in international politics

 

When a "conflict" is a "war"

 

Mini-thread on new IR data resources

 

Influence of Advisers on foreign policy decision making

 

Belt and Road Inititative and Power Projection

 

Mini-thread on Robert Gilpin

 

Mini-thread on Fazal's "War of Laws"

 

How we identify wars (Followup)

 

Russo-Georgian War and How we identify wars

 

Mini-thread on Beckley's "Unrivaled"

 

Mini-thread on Russo-Georgian War as diversionary war

 

Writings commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Russo-Georgian War

 

Mini-thread on BJPIR issue reflecting on Ikenberry's "After Victory"

 

Does Dollar Hegemony Benefit non-US states?

 

Dollar Hegemony as a Benfit of Liberal Order to the US

 

Challenges of Identifying the benefits of the Liberal Order to the US

 

Flaws of the Liberal Order: Recap of Intervention

 

Flaws of the Liberal Order: Democratic Deficit

 

Flaws of the Liberal Order: Economic difficulties for non-Western economies

 

Mini-thread on the need to reflect on the Flaws of the Liberal Order

 

Five Misconceptions of NATO

 

Tariffs as a useful bargaining tool

 

Mini-thread on future of Liberal Order

 

Mini-thread on Liberal Order Debate

 

Diplomacy of Leader visits and internaitonal politics

 

Work on manner and consequences of post-Cold War NATO expansion

 

Mini-thread on causes of Iraq War #1

 

Mini-thread on causes of Iraq War #2

 

Thread explaining my support for the Iraq War

 

Trends in Liberal Order phrases #2

 

Trends in Liberal Order phrases #1

 

Drugs and Alcohol used in War

 

Reasons someone would not sign open letter supporting Liberal Order