Most of you have probably noticed I’ve been on something like an indefinite hiatus for the past few months. This is not permanent, but it will likely continue for at least large parts of this semester as I help my daughter through some health issues. In the meantime, it is customary when a permanent contributor is on an extended hiatus to recruit a replacement, and since Amanda and Betcy are more than covering the human rights/NGO/humanitarian law angle, I thought what better than to bring someone on who can focus on military issues. And who better to do that than a member of our active duty armed forces with a boots-on-the-ground perspective on the issues of the day.
As luck would have it, one of my brothers, Major Edward H. Carpenter, USMC has offered to provide a viewpoint on those – and world politics at large – from the unique vantage point of Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. Major Carpenter or “Nuncle Ed” as my children call him, has served as a counter-terrorism instructor in Saudi Arabia, a logistician in Japan and elsewhere, and a Foreign Area Officer in Indonesia. At present he is part of the command team of a Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. When neither soldiering nor nuncling nor winning rugby matches, he writes: he has contributed articles to Current Intelligence and the Air Force Research Institute, and is the author of military and fantasy fiction as well.
We have two exciting developments to report concerning guest bloggers at the Duck.
First, Adrienne LeBas’ From Protest to Parties: Party-Building and Democratization in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2011) has been awarded “Best Book in African Politics” at the 2012 African Studies Association Annual Meeting by the African Politics Conference Group. Many congratulations to Adrienne on this well-deserved prize.
Second, we are excited to introduce a new guest blogger, Dr. Jeffrey Stacey. Jeff is currently Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He joined CTR after serving in the Obama Administration as a State Department official specializing in NATO and EU relations at the Bureau for Conflict Stabilization Operations. At State he founded and managed the International Stabilization and Peacebuilding Initiative (ISPI), which has over 20 government and international organization partners.
Along with the face-lift come some new faces to the Duck. Well, new names anyway. We recruited this year based on the desire to increase diversity on the blog, particularly in methodology and area expertise; and also to cover some staple topics while one or more permanent contributors (myself included) cut back for a time to finish book projects and deal with other commitments. Please welcome the following guest bloggers to our site for the following academic year.
I am pleased to introduce a new crop of guest bloggers for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Catherine Weaver hails from the Lyndon Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT Austin where she teaches international political economy, specializing (among other things) the culture, behavior and reform of international financial organizations – a smoking hot IR topic if there ever was one. She is the author of The Hypocrisy Trap and the co-editor of Review of International Political Economy.
Joshua Busby teaches with Kate at the Johnson School, but specializes in transnational relations, climate change, national security and energy policy. His new book Moral Movements in Foreign Policy has been hailed as “pathbreaking” by Thomas Risse and “nuanced and disciplined” by Robert Keohane – though all that discipline won’t, I suspect, keep Josh from cutting loose on various topics: he is a contributor to policy pieces for a number of think tanks including Brookings, the Center for a New American Security, the German Marshall Fund, and the Woodrow Wilson Center, as well as numerous scholarly outlets (where his work on celebrity activism is some of the hippest in the TAN literature). Josh is a member of Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Megan MacKenzie is in transit from Victoria University of Wellington to University of Sydney, and will bring a critical-feminist-national-human-security-studies perspective to the Duck from down below. (Cynthia Enloe always did say that that’s where you should look for the real story of power politics in IR!) Megan studied at University of Alberta and was previously a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center. Her work has focused on gender and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa. She is beginning a new project on gender integration in US, Canadian and Australian armed forces.
And last but not least please welcome our most junior Ducklet, Alana Tiemessen. Currently a Visiting Professor at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Alana just completed her dissertation at University of British Columbia. Her work centers on international norms and transitional justice and she blogs at Transitional Justice Blog, where she covers developments in Kenya, Rwanda, Bosnia and globally. We look forward to her coverage of the Mladic trial… or whatever else strikes her intellectual fancy.
Please stay tuned for an exciting summer of new coverage from these folks as well as updates from our regulars.