The Duck of Minerva

The Duck Quacks at Twilight

Nerd-Inflected Wednesday Linkage

April 24, 2013

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  • The difference between pets in Diablo III and Torchlight II.
  • Blah blah blah Game of Thrones blah blah credible commitments blah blah blah prisoners’ dilemma.
  • Taylor Fravel says that China hasn’t abandoned no-first use.
  • Pavel Podvig demolishes “SDI ended the Cold War” claptrap. Key graf: “The evolution of the Soviet attitudes toward SDI suggests that the main factor that contributed to the ending the confrontation of the Cold War was the willingness of the United States and the Soviet Union to engage in a dialogue on reduction of their nuclear forces. The only result that the SDI program was able to achieve in the context of confrontation was to embolden those in the Soviet Union who defined security in confrontational terms and benefited from this kind of understanding.”

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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.