Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My American Foreign Policy Class, Part IV

Material can be found here.  This part of the class offered a brief overview of postwar USFP with more detailed discussions of a few conflicts.  The primary focus was on applying the arguments developed throughout the course, but I also tried to provide some historical context and debunk some myths.

Unfortunately, I had to drop a few lectures towards the end of the class.  The next time I teach this course, I hope to cover more ground.  I'll also try to streamline the discussions to focus more on the major points.  But overall, I think this section of the class helped the students see the real world application of what might otherwise have seemed like very abstract material.  At least, I hope it did...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Breaking Down Powell 2004



Both Fearon 1995 and Powell 1996 treat war as an instantaneous events. Not long after these seminal contributions, scholars began turning their attention to modeling war as an extension of the bargaining process, rather than an alternative to it. A number of closely related papers appeared one right after another (see especially Wagner 2000, Filson and Werner 2002, Slantchev 2003, and Smith and Stam 2004). In this post, I will focus on the most far reaching: Powell 2004, "Fighting and Learning While Bargaining."

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Breaking Down Powell 1996



Last time, I discussed Fearon's "Rationalist Explanations for War." We now move to an article that highlights some of the potential observable implications of thinking about war the way Fearon urged us to, Powell's "Stability and the Distribution of Power".