Cliff Bob

Bob is a political science professor at Duquesne University who studies global norms, advocacy campaigns, and related subjects.
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Bob is a political science professor at Duquesne University who studies global norms, advocacy campaigns, and related subjects.

Cliff Bob

Bob is a political science professor at Duquesne University who studies global norms, advocacy campaigns, and related subjects.
+ posts

Bob is a political science professor at Duquesne University who studies global norms, advocacy campaigns, and related subjects.

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Cliff Bob

Did the NRA Kill the Arms Trade Treaty?

UN members last month failed to reach agreement on the Arms Trade Treaty after a month-long conference.  This is the latest setback in a decades old attempt to control the trade in small arms.  A broad network of states, NGOs, and the UN bureaucracy had pushed for the...

Slow-Motion Srebrenica

The NY Times’ recent article on Obama’s “kill list” of American citizens and others suspected--not convicted--of terrorism includes much disturbing information on what our government is doing in our names.  The entire “kill list” process and Obama’s central role in it...

The Trafficker-Terrorist Myth

Another Sunday, another military puff-piece from the NY Times. Yesterday's issue promoted the idea that America is threatened by a drug trafficker-terrorist network emanating from Central America. The source of this idea is--no surprise--the U.S. military, our...

The Global Right Wing

 My new book, The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics, has recently been published by Cambridge University Press.  It is available on Kindle for $12.10, Nook for $14.74, and as a paperback for $21.59.   For a free chapter, chapter excerpts, contents, and...

Etch-a-Sketching the Egyptian Arms Deal

A few sensitive souls expressed dismay this week when a Romney official declared that the campaign would “reset” itself for the general election after the primaries. Virtually all of the shock was insincere and hypocritical. The “Etch-a Sketch” approach is hardly news...

Climate Change and the Axis of Fear

A few years back, when global warming was near the top of the national and global agendas, a surprising new activist suddenly took the field: the  Pentagon.  In 2009, it called climate change a “threat” to national security.  In 2010, it lauded the climate with its...

Urination Distraction

Over the past few weeks we’ve had to endure military brass and top government officials falling over themselves to condemn American GIs – first for urinating on dead Afghans, and more recently for beating a sheep. Earlier in the Iraq and Afghan wars, we’ve suffered...

Creeping Illiberal Democracy

 The Washington Post had a fine op-ed this weekend by law professor Jonathan Turley asking the provocative question, Is the U.S. still the “land of the free?”  He gave 10 compelling reasons that it is not.   Turley’s op ed has the legal issues well-covered.  He also...