The Monkey Cage: International Relations


Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 03/19/2014

The euro is a democratic disaster

Europe is still reeling from the economic damage done by the 2008 financial crisis. The political damage may be even worse.

By Henry Farrell  |  04:19 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Europe, international political economy, International Relations

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Is Crimean independence or annexation a good outcome for Russia?

No, argue the authors. In the long term, Russia would be better off with Crimea remaining a part of Ukraine.

By Helena Yakovlev-Golani and Nadiya Kravets  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international relations, secession, Ukraine

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Do Crimeans actually want to join Russia?

There are differences in political identities amongst Crimeans and the rest of Ukraine, but, at least before February, these differences did not translate into majority support for independence or union with Russia.

By Grigore Pop-Eleches and Graeme Robertson  |  02:37 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil conflict, Crimea, international relations, Ukraine, Voting

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Why domestic developments in Ukraine still matter

With all eyes on Russia and Crimea, it is important to remember that the domestic political process in Ukraine is still very relevant to how, when, or whether this crisis will be resolved.

By Maria Popova  |  11:27 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Constitution, international relations, Ukraine

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/04/2014

What can passports tell us about Putin’s intentions?

The handing out of passports to Russian-speaking citizens in Ukraine suggests that Putin has a long-term plan in Crimea and perhaps more broadly in Ukraine.

By Eric Lohr  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  citizenship, international relations, Ukraine

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Crimean autonomy: A viable alternative to war?

The question of Crimea’s role with Ukraine has long been complex. Could more and better defined autonomy defuse the current crisis?

By Gwendolyn Sasse  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil conflict, Crimea, international relations, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 03/02/2014

How Putin’s worldview may be shaping his response in Crimea

The civilizational clash is unraveling not between the East and West of Ukraine, but between Russia and the West.

By Maria Snegovaya  |  07:13 PM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil conflict, Crimea, international relations, Ukraine

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 03/01/2014

4 reasons why Crimea is not Abkhazia

There are significant differences between Crimea in Ukraine and Abkhazia in Georgia, with significant implications for how events unfold in Crimea.

By Kimberly Marten  |  08:09 PM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, international relations, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/28/2014

How to prevent the crisis in Ukraine from escalating

Different narratives of the same events lead to “confirmation bias” which can escalate crises. Being aware of this bias is the first step to mitigating its potential harmful effects.

By Scott Radnitz  |  10:49 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil conflict, international relations, Ukraine

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/18/2014

The ‘Fragile Five’ will not create a new global economic crisis

Fears that the ‘Fragile Five’ will provoke a new global financial crisis are overblown. The cycle of economic instability is driven by the political economy of the US, not peripheral countries.

By Thomas Oatley  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international political economy, international relations

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/12/2013

The TPP is not an agreement among like-minded countries

New leaked information reveals how much disagreement there is about the TPP, and how isolated the US position is.

By Henry Farrell  |  12:15 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international relations

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Why not say sorry? Afghanistan and the politics of apologies

Why apologies aren’t necessary for reconciliation—and often do more harm than good.

By Jennifer Lind  |  12:44 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international relations

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 11/18/2013

The United States is isolated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

Canada and the United States are the two most isolated countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.

By Henry Farrell  |  10:40 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  intellectual property, international relations

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 11/15/2013

Five key questions -- and answers -- about the leaked TPP text

The leaked TPP text presents big problems for the world and for American democracy.

By Henry Farrell  |  09:07 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  intellectual property, international relations

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Why are international institutions more popular than domestic institutions?

Across countries, citizens on average give higher favorability ratings to international than to domestic institutions. Why?

By Erik Voeten  |  10:47 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international relations

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Assad’s overlooked international crimes

Why calling out Assad’s criminal behavior matters.

By Eamon Aloyo  |  02:04 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international law, international relations, Syria

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Why the best option to avoid bombing of Syria is to authorize its bombing

The best way for Congress to prevent Obama from bombing Syria may be to authorize him to do just that.

By Joshua Tucker  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  foreign policy, international relations, Syria