## Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fewer links, more commentary than usual.  Almost a regular post, but not quite.  I'm mostly just going to focus on the latest debate(s) about the state of IR.  I've come across a lot of other stuff worth commenting on since I last posted one of these, but I'm short on time, and only decided to post because I felt I needed to comment on the recent kerfuffle.

## Saturday, March 24, 2012

### Breaking Down Fearon 1995

This is the first in a semi-regular series on prominent applications of game theory to the study of international conflict.$$^1$$ My goal is to clarify the main contribution of the piece. I'll do so first by offering a brief synopsis before going through the key claims in more detail. Along the way, I'll try to note some of the important implications and points of common confusion. Assuming that format makes sense to you all, I'll do the same with future articles.

We begin with what I consider to be the single most important contribution to the study of international conflict in the last 25 years: Fearon's Rationalist Explanations for War.

## Tuesday, March 20, 2012

### My American Foreign Policy Class, Part III

In this part of the class, I discussed the role different actors within the US play in shaping what policies are actually chosen, and why "the national interest" is so hard to define.