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Why IR needs the environment and the environment needs IR


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A New Hope? Practice Theory, Relationalism, and the Paradigm Wars


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International Relations Scholars on the Election

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FP 2016 Snap Poll

Snap Poll: Who Will Make the Best Foreign Policy President?

From climate change to the Islamic State, from Russia to China, we asked scholars who they want tackling America's biggest problems.


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Snap Poll: Will China, Iran, and Russia Cooperate With the United States?

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Confidence and Gender in International Relations
Joe Public vs. Sue Scholar


Do Americans Think Strategically When They Think About Trade?


Russia vs. U.S. Nuclear War Is Highly Unlikely

Shukla explores the possibility of nuclear warfare between Russia and the United States. In contrast to public opinion, Shukla highlights that IR scholars find the outbreak of war less likely than the general public. 


Experts Fret About Grexit, But Should They?

TRIP's Snap Poll data is used to evaluate IR scholars' opinions regarding a potential Grexit. Many IR scholars remain confident that Greece will remain in the Eurozone. However, pessimism of longterm Greek membership is gradually growing. 



The Decline of International Studies: Why Flying Blind is Dangerous

King discusses the decline in U.S. funding of international affairs research and education. Particular focus is given to foreign language learning in U.S. colleges and to the U.S. State Department's Title VIII Program for advanced language and cultural training on Russia and the former Soviet Union. King is critical of the militarization of U.S. research funding. Other topics include interdisciplinary IR approaches, the U.S. National Security Education Program (NSEP), and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). 



Snap Poll: Is a Soccer Scandal More Scandalous If It Involves Putin?

Information collected from TRIP's June 2015 Snap Poll is presented. The article examines the opinions of IR scholars regarding the FIFA indictments, how Europe is managing its migration crisis, and if it's time to give up on Greece.  


Fact, Fiction, and Social Science Replication

Drezner critiques a New York Times article regarding the Michael LaCour scandal. He asserts that the temptation to misconstrue data is not unique to political science, and that data transparency has at least somewhat increased. 



Snap Poll: Do Iran Sanctions Matter When It Comes to Stability in the Middle East? 

Information collected from TRIP's April 2015 Snap Poll is presented. The article examines the opinions of IR scholars regarding the Iran nuclear deal and relationships among Middle Eastern states. 


Measuring What Policymakers Want From Academics

The perceived growing gap between policy and academic communities in international relations is explored. The article asserts that to describe the relationship between policy and academia, one needs accurate and systematic measures of policy supply and demand. TRIP data is used to explore the policy-academia gap that exists between the policy demand and academic supply of quantitative research. 



Snap Poll: Is the Iran Deal Good for Your Country's National Security?



Rescuing George Schultz, the Best Secretary of State You've Never Heard Of





International Relations Scholars Debate the Divide between Theory and Practice

TRIP hosted its “Strengthening the Links” conference at William & Mary, featuring a keynote panel well qualified to engage in an honest discussion of the issues that have historically led to some tension and missed opportunities between the academic and public policy worlds.


2014's Worst Predictions: Foreign Policy

The New Republic examines 2014 foreign policy mispredictions as a part of the magazine's "worst predictions of the year" series. Data collected in TRIP's March 2014 Snap Poll is used to examine the incorrect prediction regarding Russian military intervention in Ukraine. 


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Human Rights Research and Researchers in IR: Are We Really That Odd?

Murdie writes of a conference hosted by TRIP in which researchers could examine the policy-relevance of their issue area and compare their research to that of the larger IR community. Murdie specifically examines research within the human rights issue area.


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TRIP to Launch Major Initiatives

TRIP will launch two major initiatives, a survey of international relations faculty and a conference on "Strengthening The Links," aimed at bridging the gap between academics and policy maker.


TRIP Research Assistant Receives Gates Scholarship

Venu Katta ’17, a research assistant with TRIP, has received the Robert M. and Rebecca W. Gates Scholarship for international study.


On U.S. Aid to Egypt, Is There an Ideological Divide?

Merriman-Goldring uses TRIP data to examine opinions of IR scholars regarding American military aid to Egypt. Economic ideology is presented as an influential factor regarding views towards defense spending and Egyptian military aid. 


How Much Diplomacy is 'Too Much'?

Public opinion often claims President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are spreading themselves too thinly regarding U.S. diplomatic efforts. Ribar presents TRIP research that uncovers a contradiction between foreign policy pundits and IR scholars. Even when controlling for gender and liberal-conservative biases, a strong consensus exists; a majority IR scholars are not worried the White House is diplomatically "spreading themselves too thinly."



Snap Poll: Does Obama Need to Put Troops in Ukraine To Prove America is Tough? 

Information collected from TRIP's May 2014 Snap Poll is presented. The article examines the opinions of IR scholars regarding trade, aid, and the reason behind stalled Middle East peace talks. 


IR Scholars Oppose Military Assistance in Ukraine, Military Aid to Egypt

A survey of 950 international relations (IR) scholars at U.S. universities finds that IR scholars oppose sending military assistance to Ukraine.


The Wise Men

Tchalakov explores the gender gap in international relations. She concludes that "how we facilitate the intellectual contributions of women, and how we decide whom to canonize as a discipline's intellectual leaders, matter more than a debate confined to some quota for women in academia." 


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Who Predicted Russia's Military Intervention?

Voeten examines data collected in TRIP's March 2014 Snap Poll, specifically focusing on the question, "Will Russian military forces intervene in response to the political crisis in Ukraine?" He divides scholars into relevant subgroups, such as ideology, scholarly prestige, and area of expertise, to examine who correctly predicted Russian intervention. 


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W&M TRIP earns MacArthur grant

The foundation has awarded $240,000 for project to study the relationship between theory and practice of international relations.


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Of Polls and Public Engagement in International Relations

Salehyan examines policy relevancy of IR academia and the goals of both TRIP Snap Polls and TRIP research at large. 


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The People Who Think We Don't Spend Enough On Defense Spending Are Dead Wrong, Say Experts

 Opinions collected in TRIP's March 2014 Snap Poll regarding defense spending are compared to those of some Republican politicians. 


Snap Poll: The View from the Ivory Tower 

Information collected from TRIP's March 2014 Snap Poll is presented. The article examines the opinions of IR scholars regarding Ukraine and Russia, trusting Syria, and how the Pentagon manages its money. 


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Ranking IR Journals

In TRIP's 2011 survey of IR scholars, respondents were asked to list four journals with the highest influence within the field of International Relations. Phillips uses this ranking to develop how one should evaluate the relative value of various IR journals.


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International Conference Explores IR Discipline

TRIP, of the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations, welcomed a group of scholars from around the globe to explore the state of international relations.


Teaching, Research and International Policy Project receives $307,500 grant from Carnegie Corporation

New grant will support two major initiatives that aim to improve interactions between international relations theorists and practitioners.



IR Theory and Practice: A Parting of the Ways?

Michael J Tierney, Director of the Institution and Practice of International Relations at the College of William & Mary, is interviewed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. In the interview, the popularity of constructivism and the growing gap between research and policy is discussed.  



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Researchers Explore Academy's Response to Real World Trends in International Politics

In June 2012, Government and International Relations Professor Sue Peterson, post-baccalaureate research fellow Lindsay Hundley ’12, and undergraduate Ben Kenzer’ 13, travelled to the British International Studies Association and the International Studies Association Joint International Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland to present their joint paper, “The Rise of China and the Academy.”


International Relations 101: What Scholars Say About the World Today

Tierney examines TRIP's 2011 Ivory Tower survey. Policy-relevant survey data is detailed, included areas of geostrategic importance, trade organizations, and opinions towards war. 


Professionalization and the Demise of IR Theory

Veoten critiques Dan Nexon's assertion, as published in a 2012 Duck of Minerva blog post, that "the conjunction of over-professionalization, GLR-style statistical work, and environmental factors is the diminishing the overall quality of theorization, circumscribing the audience for good theoretical work, and otherwise working in the direction of impoverishing IR theory." Veoten deviates from Nexon's opinion in various ways, including the balance between qualitative and quantitative research, and the importance of a background in statistics.

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