You're an undergrad? Quite a few Masters students in the DC area have been speculating. Luckily, we recognize our betters. Cheers!
Hi! I am an undergrad. Definitely not your better. I just put words on things, those things happening to be pictures of cats, those words sometimes maybe barely related to, say, IR vocab terms I learn in a class, or something the Economist snarks about that happens to grab my attention. Cheers to you :3
What are some good books to start with if one wants to learn about the field of international relations?
Jack S. Levy and William R. Thompson’s “Causes of War” is an excellent textbook, and the one Prof. Stephen Walt uses for his Origins of Modern War class. It covers a lot of the major and even minor interstate and intrastate theories in very rich detail.
As textbooks are pricey, I can say that there’s a full .pdf version of this book somewhere on the internet that you can find with a clever google search.
A grand jury indicted Thursday anIndian diplomat whose arrest in New York sparked a diplomatic row between India and the U.S., and the U.S. asked Devyani Khobragade to leave the country.
As we reported last month, Khobragade was arrested in December in New York for allegedly falsifying visa documents for her Indian maid. On the application, she said she paid the maid about $9 an hour when, in fact, the woman was paid about $3, well below the U.S. statutory minimum wage.
Diplomats generally have immunity in the foreign countries that they operate in; the typical response against a diplomat that has committed a crime is the country declaring the diplomat persona non grata and sending them home. Arresting diplomats is a foreign policy no-no, and foreign policy no-nos tend to meet tit-for-tat responses: India is now investigating multiple U.S. diplomats (and, I believe, their families); threats have been made (not formally, but by the regular politician demagogues) to enforce India’s gay marriage ban on U.S. diplomats’ spouses; security barriers have been removed around an American embassy. Further diplomatic cold shoulders are being shot back and forth with your everyday found-only-in-middle-school-and-foreign-relations shitfests with interestingly chosen words and statements from certain people rather than others, etc.
America and India aren’t going to go through a divorce or anything soon: they’ve too much on the mutual table for that (nuclear stuff, geopolitical stuff, etc). They are pawing at each other though (certain Indian officials particularly furiously).
The developing world would no doubt be better off with gender equality, and there may even be some poor people who would welcome the arrival of recycled soap, teddy bears, or clowns. But it is more than a stretch to categorize such efforts as part of development, which should focus on generating higher, more stable incomes.
Did this person just get published in Foreign Fucking Affairs trying to equate gender equity with even the ballpark irrelevance of teddy bears and clowns with respect to international development, and try to justify it via Maslow fucking Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? (he goes much further, fyi, read the article).
(Typically) in a political context, the way a policy, course of action, etc. is perceived by the public. Usually (or at least in my life *tear tear*) contrary to the policy’s intentions. Often hilariously so for the people that lean back in their rich people chairs and smirk in an “I told you so” way.
I'm embarrassed, but I don't get the optics joke. Could you please explain
Hussein used chemical weapons against Iran during the Iran/Iraq war; the CIA "helped".
The Iran/Iraq war example illustrates two things that Iran very much does not like; it also illustrates two things that, when convenient to the second item, go very well hand in hand:
america intervening in things
In other words: the Iran/Iraq war is an example of when America was totes cool with chemical weapons because they’re like “we need to balance these fuckas”, while Syria is an example of when America’s like “guys no chemical weapons are totes not cool (like atm anywaaay)”