Day: September 22, 2012

Saturday Morning Linkage

  • Mass protests against militias in Benghazi demonstrate the power of mobilization-triggers and the weakness of movements that lack proper infrastructure. 
  • Marc Lynch analyzes Newsweek’s #muslimrage debacle.
  • Chris Zambellis writes at Jamestown’s China Daily Brief that Cairo is looking to China to provide it was exit options — and hence increased leverage — in US-Egypt relations; Prashanth Parameswaran reports on Sino-Malaysian relations; IPE Zone discusses Sino-Ukrainian trade relations.
  • Julian Ku at Opinio Juris argues that the US is likely obligated to defend the Senkaku Islands. 
  • Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism: “Europe’s Economy Sinks from Sight.”


Podcast No. 9 – Interview with Kathryn Sikkink

The ninth episode of the Duck of Minerva Podcast just went live. In it, I interview Kathryn Sikkink about a variety of subjects, including her new book — The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics (W.W. Norton, 2011).


  • Introduction
  • Developmentalism in Latin America
  • Focusing on “Ideas” in the late 1980s and early 1990s
  • Activists Beyond Borders… and Beyond
  • The Justice Cascade
  • What Happaned to the Identity Agenda in Mainstream Constructivism?
  • The Persistent Power of Human Rights
  • Agency and Constructivism
  • Advice for Younger Scholars
  • End Matter

Note: podcasts now seem to be appearing every Friday, give or take. We’ll see how long we can sustain it.
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