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The Duckies of 2015

February 22, 2015

We gave out the Online Achievement in International Studies (OAIS) a.k.a. the Duckies, Thursday night, in a wonderful reception sponsored by SAGE.  Given that this is Oscar night, we should say that there are no winners, just that the Duckies went to:

Duckie winners 2015Best Independent Blog: Dart Throwing Chimp.  Runner Up:  Chris Blattman

Best Group Blog:  The Monkey Cage. Runner Up:  PV@aGlance

Best New Blogger:  Allison Beth Hodgkins. Runner Up:  Brandon Valeriano

Best Blog Post:  Erica Chenoweth, “Nonviolent Conflicts in 2014 That you May have Missed Because They Were Nonviolent” at Political Violence at a Glance.

Runner Up:

Laura Seay and Kim Yi Dionne, “The Long and Ugly Tradition of Treating Africa as a Dirty, Diseased, Place” at the Monkey Cage.

And the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Media was given to Dan Nexon.

As I was reminded at the first official business meeting of the Online Media Caucus, Online Media is more than blogging and more than social media, so we may want to think about new categories in future years.  The OMC will be responsible in future years for these awards in continued partnership with SAGE, as the Ducksters wanted to hand this responsibility over an organization with votes, officers and all that.

I am posting this in hurry tonight (the Oscars await!).  Plus I am tired from flying back from NOLA, but I will put the various links to those recognized above when I get a chance to breathe.

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Steve Saideman is Professor and the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He has written The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict; For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres); and NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald), and elsewhere on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations.