Wednesday, May 16, 2007
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Who I want to blog
Henry Farrell and I were talking the other day about the good thing that economist bloggers have going. The exchanges between Dani Rodrik, Tyler Cowen, Mark Thoma, Greg Mankiw, and Brad DeLong on trade issues have been engaging and informative. These kind of interactions have been all to rare among international relations scholars.
In part, this might be because a critical mass of blogging IR scholars has yet to exist. Which got me to thinking -- who among our colleagues would I like to see in the blogosphere?
The list is not as obvious as one might think. Obviously, you would want people who have active and interesting research programs. However, you would also want people who would "get" the blogosphere, would actually enjoy the prospect of blogging, would care about policy-relevant topics, and would write in a manner accessible enough to attract the interested layman. Also, to be on the safe side, they have to be tenured.
With those criteria in mind, here is my top 10 list of international relations scholars I want to see in blogspace:
1) James Fearon. Really, this guy just sickens me. It's not enough that he gets cited by anyone and everyone, or that he's one of the few formal modelers who can explain their work to the innumerate. Now he's actually starting to write for a wider audience. He should just start a blog and shame all of us at this as well.[Besides your fruitless exhortations, how can you entice these people into the blogosphere?--ed. I hereby plead the creators of the Fantasy IR game to offer five points to senior IR scholars who start blogs.]
Readers are encouraged to offer their own suggestions.
Barry Posen and Tom Christensen.posted by: anon on 05.16.07 at 10:47 AM [permalink]
Jeffrey Harrod, although not so much IR as IPEposted by: cmg on 05.16.07 at 10:47 AM [permalink]
You might have to wait on Christensen. Somehow I doubt that the administration would really appreciate a blogging DAS (at least if the blog is going to be interesting).posted by: anon on 05.16.07 at 10:47 AM [permalink]
Joschka Fischer. Not an academic, but as a visiting fellow at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, he is close enough.posted by: Neil on 05.16.07 at 10:47 AM [permalink]
Ken Waltz! But I know he is too smart to get into it coz may be, God forbid, he could be falsified :)posted by: kw on 05.16.07 at 10:47 AM [permalink]
1) William Wohlforth
(among those not named before).
ps: yes, I know, Wendt is put on the list just for having one that is able to express in a fantastic, astonishing way, very wrong ideas. :Dposted by: Andrea Gilli on 05.16.07 at 10:47 AM [permalink]
Invite them to your site as guest bloggers.
Greg Gauss. He's blogged over at Marc Lynch's site, v. good on middle east issues...posted by: Joel W on 05.16.07 at 10:47 AM [permalink]
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