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Michael A. Allen
Boise, ID
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I am currently working on migrating the blog from Typepad to Wordpress, so we may experience some significant disruptions over the next week or two. As such, please do bear with us. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at The Quantitative Peace
Interstate conflict is a rare phenomenon. Since 1816, the Correlates of War project only counts 96 different wars occurring over an almost 200 year period. Given Russia's incursion into the Crimean peninsula, it is of little surprise that IR scholar... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at The Quantitative Peace
There is currently a proposal before ISA to prevent blogging by the editorial members of ISA journals. While there are a few posts discussing how this is professionally problematic and limits some real discussion that is happening via blog, there... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at The Quantitative Peace
In six days, 2014 commences and people across the globe will make resolutions to change their habits in areas concerning health, wealth, family, and work. I do not make such resolutions, but that minor detail will not stop me from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
It is a week before the American tradition of "Black Friday" starting on Thursday, and I have not done an updated list on "Gifts for Political Scientists" since 2010, so here is my proposed list for 2013. Trying to find... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
@Ben, the West Wing started their Obama-inspired story arc in late 2004 and completed it in 2006.
Graphs for Yo momma and mamma:
In terms of rhyming with Obama, Yo Momma evaporates by the mid-1990s. Yo Mamma skyrockets with the ascent of Obama.
I am currently in the process of entirely rewriting and redesigning one of my earliest academic papers that I want to update with the context of better data and methods in evaluating the hypotheses I initially proposed. That is, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
The peer review process is an imperfect construction that helps lend credibility to the publication of research. It is not the final arbiter of who is right, as cumulative research should encourage further discussion, but it is an important barrier... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
Note: We are returning to a weekly blogging schedule. As such, if you still have us on your RSS reader, new content will be regular! ___ I am about to begin my fifth semester teaching introduction to international relations and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
Two new pieces from QP authors. First, Michael Flynn has a solo-authored piece in an upcoming Foreign Policy Analysis that has an early view avaible. Abstract: How does political competition among domestic actors influence foreign policy choice? Studies examining these... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
Confession time. One of my favorite subreddits on reddit is r/mapporn; a subreddit dedicated to the most visually appealing maps from all historical periods and dealing with a variety of topics. We, at QP, cannot get our fill of maps... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
Discussing the election is all but inevitable. Given my proclivity for numbers, I gathered opinions from 11 willing "experts," including 5 political scientists, 3 bloggers from the QP, 8 PhDs, and members from other related field (Public Policy, Communication, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
Since tomorrow is national election day in the US, the get out the vote drives are in full swing. So, in celebration of voting, a few relevant articles on academics and voting: The rational voter paradox illustrated by Downs' An... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
What is your favorite restaurant in town?
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2012 on Ice Breakers at The Quantitative Peace
A spoiler warning before I get to the heart of the discussion: This blog entry is being posted the Monday after the release of The Dark Knight Rises. The blog post deals with material presented in the film, plot elements,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
In Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (not to be confused with their most Excellent Adventure), the duo are killed and sent to Hell. On their way to an eternity of punishment, Death gives them the ability to escape their fate... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
The United States Geologic Survey is having a deep sale on hundreds of maps. To better decorate my office, I am picking up a few. Two that might be of interest to the political science crowd: US Command distribution across... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
For the Midwest Political Science Association annual convention this year, I have only one paper. I will present a paper co-authored with Sam Bell and Chad Clay looking at the impact rivalry has on dispute escalation in asymmetric dyads. Friday... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
While I am not attending ISA physically this year, I have two different papers being presented by co-authors. As such, a bit of shameless self-promotion. The first paper is being presented by Matt DiGiuseppe on Tuesday (4/3) at 8:15 AM... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
While browsing Reddit, I came across this well done photoshopped picture of what Hitler would look like as a contemporary male: I found it striking how much I, and I imagine others, have been socialized to see the left as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
The movie version of the book The Hunger Games (Paperback, Kindle) is being released this week; the movie is expected to draw a large crowd and is already drawing superb ratings from critics. As such, given that there are both... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
Ralph Sundberg at the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) sent me this video they put together displaying organized violence in Africa for a 21 year time period: The data can be found here: Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita explains how to buy a car cheaply--something he mentioned on the Colbert Report this week: The Colbert interview can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace