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May 22, 2013 10:00 AM Whither Nation Building? Lessons for Iraq, Syria, and Mali

The following guest post is provided by George Washington University political scientist Harris Mylonas, the author of the recently published  The Politics of Nation-Building  (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  The post originally appeared at e-IR. *****In my book, The Politics of Nation-Building, I explore the...

By Joshua Tucker

May 15, 2013 10:04 AM Building the Right Sort of Representation

A perennial and crucial question—one intimately tied to the national security interests of the United States—is how to design political institutions that can mitigate ethnic conflict.  This issue was front-and-center when the United States worked to establish new Iraqi political...

By John Sides

May 01, 2013 10:59 AM How China Gives Development Aid

China is often accused of using aid strategically to advance its own interests with little regard for the welfare of the developing countries in which it is investing. Axel Dreher and Andreas Fuchs have pointed out that all countries use aid to advance their...

By Erik Voeten

July 17, 2012 6:00 PM Are Threats More Credible When They Come from Democracies?

Over the last decade, international security scholars have created a cottage industry investigating the role of “audience costs” in coercion, thanks in large part to a theoretical argument first put forward by Monkey Cage blogger, James Fearon. One implication is...

By Henry Farrell

April 24, 2012 11:09 AM What Determines Opinions on Economic Bailouts in a Donor Country?

\With yesterday’s 1st round French Presidential election result in the news, the question of what will be the electoral price paid by governments that financed the current round of financial bailouts during the Euro crisis is bound to surface again....

By Joshua Tucker