Are students and scholars of IR equipped to assist policy makers and the public as they confront this rapidly changing world? Conversely, does research and teaching in IR have any influence on the real world of international politics and policy making? Almost no systematic research has been done to document empirical patterns or verify causal hypotheses along these lines. TRIP started in 2003 as an effort to explore and analyze the connections between teaching, research, and policy in International Relations. We seek to remedy these shortcomings by creating new datasets and analyzing these relationships.
Numerous qualitative and quantitative data collections that capture important features of international policy and politics, such as data on trade flows, conflict processes, crisis decision making, terrorist attacks, aid flows, the diffusion of democracy, and number and type of NGOs. We lack good data, however, for the other two corners of the triad - teaching and research. Our project seeks to balance the triad and provide the sound descriptive basis upon which specific empirical conjectures and theoretically derived hypotheses might be tested.
In recent years, we have expanded our work to focus on bridging the gap between the study and practice of International Relations. Thanks to generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, our Strengthening the Links Initiative works to understand the relationship between IR scholarship and teaching, IR practiced by policymakers, IR views held by the public, and IR reporting and portrayal in the media.
To date, this project has several major empirical components:
Our goal for data collection is to compare scholarship and pedagogy to see whether or not scholars teach the same paradigms, methods, issue areas and regions that they employ and examine in their own research. We use these data to ask similar questions about the impact (or lack of impact) on the thinking of practitioners, and how IR experts can better communicate knowledge via the media to inform policymaking.