Thursday, April 27, 2006

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Another week, another overseas conference, another open thread

Blogging will be light for the next couple of days, as I'll be wending my way to the GMFUS Brussels Forum on Transatlantic Challenges in a Global Era. It's a pretty interesting agenda/lineup of participants.

So, while I'm gone, a question to readers: which issues would like to see discussed more frequently -- or at all -- here at

posted by Dan on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM


That does look like an interesting lineup.

How about limited natural resources? J Thomas and I are having a lengthy discussion on the Middle East open thread about this topic, and there's all sorts of policy implications--environmental, economic, future conflicts. So far we've been thinking about oil, but similar issues may arise with respect to water or farmland. I'm particularly interested in Republican thinking on these issues.

posted by: Russil Wvong on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

Salma Hayek.

posted by: Norman Pfyster on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz. My head hasn't exploded recently.

posted by: Norman Pfyster on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

The predictive power of IR theory and of social sciences in general. Think Hayek's critique of positivism.

posted by: Grad student on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

I'm always happy to find a post on trade treaties, be they bilateral or multilateral. Attempts to find or understand non-racist motivations for opposing trade, successful or no, also tend to be interesting.

posted by: James of England on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

Which Sox - White or Red - will lose to the Cubs in the World Series?

posted by: Martin on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

Hasn't been much discussion of Iraq recently. While I agree that its overcovered in the rest of the blogosphere, an occasional discussion on Iraq could still be productive.

Maybe some more discussion of the World Bank and Wolfowitz's record there or the IMF and its recent lack of a role.

posted by: erg on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

How about what a f**khead Bush is and how Rummy ought to be torn to death by wild horses? It would make a change from the usual fare around here. Or not.

posted by: Don S on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

More general IR theory posts would be good, especially more stuff on the security side, including constructivism, balancing theories, and so forth. Nina Tannenwald's recent IS piece, "Stigmatizing the Bomb: Origins of the Nuclear Taboo" (Spring 2005), was fairly compelling. What do you think? Wolforth's stuff is good as well -- especially "Hard Times for Soft Balancing," IS (Summer 2005). Some posts on trends in education (teaching and learning, equity and access, gender equality, etc.) might be good as well (NYT publishes a lot of interesting articles on this stuff, and might be worth a link or two).

Your thoughts on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (formerly the California Angels) should generate a kick -- they're going tear the Sox off Boston this season. Go Angels!!

posted by: Donald Douglas on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

Regulatory Arbitrage cause by Sarbanes-Oxley... or Selma Hayek. (tie)

posted by: Trade-Monkey on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

Count me out on the IR theory, but I second the nomination of a discussion about the World Bank. An assessment of the State Department as an institution five years after the Hart-Rudman commission pronounced it "crippled" would be worthwhile as well.

posted by: Zathras on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

services sector, regional growth, int'l trade issues

posted by: dee on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

While I am quite interested in a a number of matters such as foreign policy, international trade & relations, and so on, Selma Hayek does happen to be on the list.

Please excuse me if I do not divulge the precise ranking.

posted by: rosignol on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

I agree on the "More general IR theory posts would be good, especially more stuff on the security side, including constructivism, balancing theories, and so forth." Competing theories in IR, application, etc.

posted by: b. phillips on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

Global financial & trade imbalances / US current account

posted by: v on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

though i enjoy commenting on the subject, i would prefer less discussion on the middle east generally. especially the subjects of war and "terrorism". when you do comment on the middle east, i would prefer you discuss things you have more then a cnn viewer's knowledge of, like trade policy or resource management or competetiveness or whatever, rather then the annoying morality plays.

other topics that i would like to see would include issues concerning latin america. again, not the editorial about how bad leftist governments are blah, blah, but about whether their policies are helping their people. or general discussions about global and local wealth inequality. also, maybe about how distorted and subsidized companies like boeing and other military contractors are, and how the West and Japan do not practice the "free trade" they forces on the poor world.

One specific thing i would really like to see would be a review of stiglitz new book "fair trade for all".

posted by: joe m. on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

I concur with "v"'s request for more on the US economy and possible imbalances, and "joe m"'s request for more on Latin America.

posted by: St. James the Lesser on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

Why the Blackhawks continue to suck and does the solution involve drawing and quartering Bill Wirtz on Daley Plaza?
Or Salma Hayek.

posted by: scouser on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

On a more unlikely note, come to think of it, what I would most like for you to comment on would be the fact that the only true and just way to make peace between the Arabs and the Jews would be a One-State solution. Even though I doubt you are for a One-State solution, and even though I bet you would say that their history of being killed by everyone gives them the need for a "Jewish State", I also assume that you realize that it is really the only way to make peace between the two people. Just as equality and fairness is always the only way to make peace.

I figured I should throw that in. Even if I don't expect anything to come of it.

posted by: joe m. on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

just to add, maybe you can blog about Juan Cole's petition against the attacking of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt as being anti-semitic? Even if you don't agree with their article, the fact that they have been attack so harshly is pretty sad.

Here is the post:

the petition is at:

posted by: joe m. on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

I travel in Latin America and would like to see more on their confusing economic policies and more on the IMF and World Bank and if they really help or hurt this region. I must say although their countries espouse an anti-american tone I have never met with anything but courtesy from Latin Americans. Perhaps because I take care to read about their history and stay current with their politics helps because most Americans know nothing about this or could not care less.

posted by: Peg on 04.27.06 at 01:46 PM [permalink]

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