"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:


History of US involvement in Afghanistan


Internationalist v Restrainer Foreign Policy


Country, Nations, or State?


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





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





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




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




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