It’s no surprise that current events regularly lead us to update our syllabi. That doesn’t mean we can’t make “surprise” an important feature of our courses.
Our syllabi should be full of surprises
Eleonora Mattiacci is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, where she directs the IR Lab. Her research focuses on ways in which actors that we traditionally think of as weak can force actors with greater material capabilities to behave differently, so as to prevail in conflict. She focuses in particular on nuclear weapons and civil wars. Her latest book, Volatile States in International Politics, offers in-depth account of why countries' treacherous foreign policies often have harmless origins, how this predicament shapes international politics, and what to do about it