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OAIS Blogging Awards: And the Finalists Are….

February 10, 2014

Thanks to all of you who voted over the past month for this year’s OAIS Blogging Awards finalists. And a very special thanks to all of the nominees for transforming this platform into a strong and vital part of the IR intellectual community. We had an outstanding class of nominees this year — a real testimony to the impressive talent and intellectual contribution that blogging makes to the IR profession. We had a great turn-out and some very close votes, and we’re pleased to announce this year’s finalists. Finalists will now be reviewed by a panel of judges that includes last year’s winners and Duck of Minerva permanent contributors. We will announce the winners at the OAIS Blogging Awards and Reception on March 27, at the ISA Conference in Toronto. Congratulations to the finalists!

2014 OAIS Blogging Award Finalists
(Listed in alphabetic order)

Best Group Blog Finalists (3):

The Monkey Cage
Political Violence at a Glance
War on the Rocks

Best Individual Blog Finalists (6):

Abandoned Footnotes
Chris Blattman
Dart Throwing Chimp
Micah Zenko
Running Chicken
Stephen M. Walt

Most Promising Blog Finalists (2):

Next War Blog
Nuclear Diner

Best Blog Post Finalists (5):

The 4 Things We Know About How Civil Wars End (And What This Tells Us About Syria)” by Barbara Walter at Political Violence@Glance

“‘Credibility’ is not everything, but it’s not nothing either,” by James Fearon at The Monkey Cage

“Going Feral! or “So long, and thanks for all the fish.” by Philip Schrodt at asecondmouse

“Researching While Black: Why Conflict Research Needs More African Americans (Maybe),” by Christian Davenport at Political Violence@Glance

“Some Thoughts on the Causes of Mass Protest,” by Jay Ulfelder at Dart-Throwing Chimp

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Jon Western has spent the last fifteen years teaching IR in liberal arts colleges at Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges in western Massachusetts. He has an eclectic range of intellectual interests but often writes on international security, U.S. foreign policy, military intervention, and human rights. He occasionally shares his thoughts about professional life in liberal arts colleges. In his spare time he coaches middle school soccer, mentors the local high school robotics team, skis, and sails.