Academic Writing

When Politics Drives Scholarship

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
August 30, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The publication of Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains, a history of the “public choice” economist James Buchanan and his impact on American politics, has led to an enormous, highly charged debate. But as Marshall Steinbaum correctly noted in this journal, not many people have weighed in who aren't either Team Public Choice or Team Anti-Buchanan.

Key U.S. Foreign Policy Positions—including Ambassador for War Crimes—Saved from Getting Axed

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
August 29, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Just Security recently broke the story that the State Department was considering shuttering or downgrading certain functional offices and Senate-confirmed ambassadorships within the Department.  An outpouring of support for many these offices, and particularly the Office of Global Criminal Justice, ensued in the press and elsewhere.

An Update of the Israel-Palestine-International Criminal Court Timeline

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
August 28, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

A lot has happened before the International Criminal Court since we last reported on the Palestine and related situations. The timeline below picks up where my last timeline of relevant events left off. At that time, the Prosecutor had opened a preliminary examination into the Comoros referral based upon events on the Mavi Marmara, which was part of the Gaza freedom flotilla. The Prosecutor subsequently closed that examination on gravity grounds in November 2014.

What We Learn From Government Speech About Hate

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
August 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The bombing of a mosque and community center in suburban Minneapolis 10 days ago and the horrific events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend are just the most recent examples of hateful violence that has become all too common in America.

California Court of Appeal Overturns Dangerous Right of Publicity Ruling

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
August 10, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Almost all posts on social media include depictions of real people. And most social media websites include advertising. Does this combination mean that nearly everyone featured on social media can sue for infringement of their right of publicity? That would be disruptive. Fortunately, a new ruling [PDF] by the California Court of Appeal confirms that more is needed for a right of publicity claim.

North Korea just called Trump’s bluff. So what happens now?

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
August 9, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Yesterday, President Trump took a break from his 17-day vacation to threaten North Korea. His words:

North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state. And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.

How U.S. government statistics work, explained by the country’s Chief Statistician

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
August 7, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Nancy Potok is the chief statistician of the United States. I interviewed her last month about her role, and the challenges faced by the U.S. national statistics system. The interview has been lightly edited for style and flow.

Q: How does the U.S. statistics system work, and what do you do as chief statistician?

Steve Ballmer has a big idea: to be a partisan for the facts

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
August 4, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Steve Ballmer is the former chief executive of Microsoft, and the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. This is the second part of an interview with him about his website, USAFacts, which organizes data to provide information about the U.S. population, government finance and government policy. The first part is here.

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