Month: July 2009

Essential Readings: Sanctuary in International Relations

Well, everyone’s doing it. Tom Ricks has one. So does Drezner. Who am I to resist peer pressure? Here are my top five picks for anyone interested in getting smart on the geopolitics of sanctuaries/safe havens. Yes, it’s more than just a guerrilla thing, and yes, it’s more than just a territorial thing. It’s even more than a material thing. It’s a whole lot of different things – but then, I wouldn’t want to let all the cats out of the bag before my book’s out, would I?

Charlie Don’t Surf

or, “Cyberspace and the Viet Cong…”. I’ve been reading through some of the excellent Opinio Juris book discussion on Kal Raustaria’s Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? The Evolution Of Territoriality in American Law (OUP, 2009). Tim Zick’s post on Cyber-Territoriality really caught my attention, particular with this quote from a June NYT report on cyberspace and privacy:

Scientists Take Revenge on Bureaucrats

Woe to those still working as staff officers when this research comes to fruition. Not only will you be required to do more with less, working 18 hour days squeezing the last once of juice out of your brain translating complex ideas into bone-simple but mind-numbing point papers and PowerPoint briefings. You’ll now also be required to learn and remember even more than you already do, and do it all with perfect recall (which means you’ll be held responsible for faulty memory, too). Good luck with that.

An Open Challenge to NATO

One of the more interesting online think tank initiatives, the Atlantic Community, got in touch with us a few days ago and kindly extended an invitation to help promote a new media initiative and participate in an extended discussion of the organization. The message was accompanied by a disclaimer that the email “is part of a service project conducted in cooperation with NATO” – I guess the Public Diplomacy Division at NATO Headquarters in Brussels is ramping up its social media engagement via partners like