The Duck of Minerva

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Morning Linkage

July 20, 2012

  • Jennifer Lind argues that the recent scuttling of a Korean-Japanese security cooperation treaty stemmed from Seoul’s misgivings about a US-led balancing alliance aimed at the PRC. 
  • Richard Jensen has a powerpoint analysis of wikipedia’s War of 1812 entry (via H-Diplo). 
  • Jeffrey Lewis ask “do we need ICBMs?
  • Ken Payne writes a second post on Chimpanzees and strategy (first one here). 
  • Bernardo Teles Fazendeiro at e-ir on Uzbekistan’s suspension of its CSTO membership.
  • Noah Smith argues that “bad microfoundations are worse than none at all.” I can think of a number of people in the Duck’s intellectual orbit — such as Phil Arena, Patrick Jackson, and Colin Wight — who might have something of interest to say on this subject.
  • Tim Burke: “When preservation loses sight of the value of impermanence, ephemerality, and replacement, when it takes too seriously the grandiosity and overreach of both nation-making and modernity, it becomes a danger both to a richly human understanding of our actually lived past and a piecemeal assassin of the living and changing present, trying to make the material and informational world we inhabit into a stately mortuary. A measure of preservation, unafraid of necessary or pleasing reconstructions and annotations, is a very good thing, but it ought to be guided as much by whimsy and opportunity as by some comprehensive protocol.”

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.