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Foreign Affairs ran an “expert poll” on the question of whether “NATO enlargement was a mistake.” Someone decided, for reasons that I expect will remain opaque, that I count as an “expert” on the subject. I’m certainly the only participant without a professional headshot. My answer builds upon Cheryl Rofer’s excellent post on counterfactuals and NATO expansion.  Like Cheryl, I’m frustrated […]
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I recently released a “special” episode of Whiskey and IR Theory. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and I reflect on the curious case of John Mearsheimer and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We discuss the ethics of public-facing scholarship; we also cover some of the specifics of Mearsheimer’s article and talk on the 2014 Ukraine crisis. […]
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On Wednesday, I participated in a Quincy Institute virtual roundtable on “The Summit for Democracy” It was a bit odd. I’m pretty sure that I was supposed to play “liberal internationalist with progressive characteristics” and defend the summit, but my assessment runs more along the lines of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. instead, I previewed some lines of argument […]
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