Faculty Publications

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Why Study International Affairs?

Published: August 2014 | Related Faculty: Joseph R. Bankoff

Abstract

Short article published regarding reasons why students might choose to study International Affairs

The War We Won’t Expect

Published: June 2014 | Related Faculty: Margaret E. Kosal

Abstract

What’s scarier: Unknown technologies used to wage war in the future, or the lack of tools and policy to anticipate them?
Today’s most cutting-edge innovations—designed for a diverse range of applications—also carry the potential to revolutionize tomorrow’s military capabilities. And they’re not the stuff of science fiction. Wars of the not-so-distant future will undoubtedly be fought using nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, neuroscience and information in ways most of us can’t begin to fathom.

"The Development of China’s Developmental State: Environmental Challenges and Stages of Growth"

Published: June 2014 | Related Faculty: Brian Woodall

Abstract

Similarities in institutional responses at comparable levels of advancement suggest that the East Asian developmental state evolves through discernible stages. To test this premise, we explore the state of affairs in post-1978 China by focusing on a key subset of the broad set of consequences produced by the obsessive pursuit of profit and improved productivity. Specifically, we focus on the institutional responses of Chinese state actors to pressure to address environmental degradation, which is an inevitable social cost of the developmental state’s business-first growth strategy.

Growing Democracy in Japan: The Parliamentary Cabinet System since 1868

Published: June 2014 | Related Faculty: Brian Woodall

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The world’s third largest economy and a stable democracy, Japan remains a significant world power; but its economy has become stagnant, and its responses to the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 and the nuclear crisis that followed have raised international concerns. Despite being constitutionally modeled on Great Britain’s “Westminster”-style parliamentary democracy, Japan has failed to fully institute a cabinet-style government, and its executive branch is not empowered to successfully respond to the myriad challenges confronted by an advanced postindustrial society.

Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics (Stanford University Press, 2014)

Published: May 2014 | Related Faculty: Lawrence Rubin

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Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics is an analysis of how ideas, or political ideology, can threaten states and how states react to ideational threats. It examines the threat perception and policies of two Arab, Muslim majority states, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in response to the rise and activities of two revolutionary "Islamic states," established in Iran (1979) and Sudan (1989).