"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:

 

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

 

Review of Terrorism incidents datasets

 

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

 

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

 

Border Wall Tirade #1

 

Border Wall Tirade #2