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Chad Clay
Athens, GA
Assistant Professor, International Affairs, University of Georgia
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It's the time of year that I affectionately call "conference season," i.e. the springtime one-two punch of the annual meetings of the International Studies Association and the Midwest Political Science Association. This week, thousands of political scientists will descend upon... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at The Quantitative Peace
As I'm sure most of you are aware, Nicholas Kristof believes that American academics (especially political scientists) don't do enough to engage with the public. Political scientists have responded: Steve Saideman discusses how Kristof's complaints are oddly out of date,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The Quantitative Peace
Like you, I have found blogs quite useful in the undergraduate classroom. I have also found them very useful in graduate training. At UGA, we have been conducting monthly graduate student professionalization seminars. Thus far, I believe I have cited information and advice from blog posts in every one of these seminars that I have attended. For example, I often cite Chris Blattman's advice on how to manage advisers, Nate Jensen's post on his paper's long journey through the review process , and Andrew Gelman's recent post on how to approach re-writing a research article. Posts like these provide a valuable service to the discipline, which seems like the opposite of "unprofessional."
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In conjunction with a project on state capacity and repression, I've recently been exploring the specific allegation data from Courtenay Conrad and Will Moore's Ill-Treatment & Torture (ITT) Data Collection Project. ITT's specific allegation data are interestingly different from existing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at The Quantitative Peace
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Recently, my wife discovered the Rap Stats tool at Rap Genius, which plots the relative frequency of words and phrases in rap songs from 1988 to the present. Of course, when she showed it to me, my immediate thought was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
Over at IPE@UNC, Lindsay Tello discusses the article on foreign direct investment and human rights shaming that Colin Barry, Michael Flynn, and I have in this month’s International Studies Quarterly. Here’s the abstract: Non-state actors, such as international non-governmental organizations... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
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The CIRI Human Rights Data Project, which I co-direct with David Cingranelli and David Richards, has released its ratings of government respect for 16 internationally-recognized human rights in almost every country in the world for the year 2011. The CIRI... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
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Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2013 on Spring Cleaning at The Quantitative Peace
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Over at Political Violence @ a Glance, Reed Wood makes a strong argument that global respect for human rights, measured via the global mean of the Political Terror Scale, has not increased over time. Amanda Murdie goes on to demonstrate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
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The CIRI Human Rights Data Project, of which I am a part, released its 2010 data last weekend. A report pointing out interesting patterns can be viewed over at the CIRI Blog. One interesting bit: The CIRI Index of Physical... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
Things are pretty crazy around here with the impending school year and upcoming conference season. However, since the country is currently swept up in credit rating mania, I figured I would take the time to pass along some new research... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
Jointstock>> Thanks! I really enjoyed your post too. Jos>> Thanks for checking it out! There probably is something a bit weird about having the military handle all international disputes. However, I'm not sure that Starfleet members should be seen solely as military personnel. Their primary mission appears to be peaceful exploration, with secondary missions in diplomacy, scientific research, and yes, defense. The President of the Federation is the commander-in-chief of Starfleet, so in that way, the Federation is really no different from the United States, if the United States decided that the Departments of State and Defense would be merged into some sort of "International Relations" Department. That said, there could be something going on here that these two measures just don't pick up, since they focus exclusively on domestic politics.
I honestly thought about including a lot of other regimes in the post, but for the sake of simplicity, I figured I would just focus on these five and leave it to others to add regimes as they saw fit. Scoring the Free Jaffa Nation sounds like a fun idea though. I might have to give that one a second look.
I definitely wish Battlestar was here; I certainly considered it. However, my only real contact with that universe was the first (and only) season of Caprica, as I missed out on the beginning of Battlestar. As such, both the miniseries and the series are sitting in my Netflix queue unwatched. If anyone wants to code the Twelve Colonies' government, feel free to do so, and let me know how it turns out.
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Assuming that one is looking for them, it is fairly easy to find internet arguments that stem from comparisons among and between science fiction universes, and a great many of these arguments center on comparing governments within those universes. Which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
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