Month: June 2009

Blogging, Reputation, Tenure, and Libel…

Or something along those lines. Active participation in blogging  by academics has come a long way over the last few years, but it still has a way to go before it achieves the sort of critical mass of credibility that will satisfy the ivory tower. In some disciplines – like law and architecture – blogging seems to be more prevalent than in others (I write “seem” simply because I’m assuming it to be so, but haven’t really counted the beans, so I don’t actually know on empirical grounds whether blogging predominates in one

The Revenge of the Geographers

Robert Kaplan’s recent Foreign Policy essay, The Revenge of Geography, was vintage stuff, entirely consistent with his tried and true essentialist arguments about the world. Whatever you might think of his ideas, Kaplan’s most recent foray also articulates a number of salient and timely points about realism resurgent in international relations. Anyone reading new work on Afghanistan and insurgency will recognize  elements of this trend in recent publications by