We’re very excited that Steve Saideman and Brian Rathbun have agreed to join the Duck as guest bloggers – the first of a few new voices that may be trickling into the guest blogging pool over the next few months.

You may already know Steve him from his blog–Steve Saideman’s Semi-Spew–or from his extensive publication record. His first post, on, the Tom Rick’s criticisms of Peter Faever’s recent International Security article, appeared earlier today.

Brian is new to blogging but teaches at University of Southern California and is the author of Partisan Interventions: European Party Politics and Peace Enforcement in the Balkans. Besides party politics, humanitarian intervention, and foreign policy, Brian specializes in political psychological approaches to IR, among other things, and his new project is on trust in international relations.