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U.S.-Indonesian Relations at a Crossroads

The U.S. and Indonesia have enjoyed good bilateral relations since the late 1960s, when the rise of Soeharto saw the elimination of the world’s largest communist party in a non-communist country. Relations have been grown warmer since the fall of

Posted in Current Affairs, Indonesia, Islam, Politics

Everyday Authoritarianism is Boring and Tolerable

Malaysia is a country that I know well, and whose political system I have studied closely for fifteen years. It is also a country whose political liberalization I have long awaited. Malaysia has a multiparty parliamentary system of government, but

Posted in Malaysia, Politics

Berman on Fascism

Sheri Berman has written an excellent essay at Vox on fascism, populism, and president-elect Trump. Read the whole thing here, but here are the main points. As a student of fascism and National Socialism, particularly in the 1930s, I side

Posted in Current Affairs, Politics

Comparative Politics and the Trump Administration

Last week I wrote a silly post about international relations theory and the Trump administration. The purpose of that post was to poke some fun at the dozens of paradigms employed to make sense of the field of international relations,

Posted in Current Affairs, Politics, Teaching

International Relations Theory and the Trump Administration

Yesterday afternoon, a student asked me in office hours what International Relations Theory has to say about the new Trump administration. There has been some discussion of realism and Mr. Trump’s foreign policy, and some musings about the Trump administration’s

Posted in Politics, Research

Interests, Ideas, and Identity

Nothing is more productive for stale academic debates than a momentous yet unexpected political event. 2016 has seen at least two such events: Brexit and Trump. As a sometime-participant in a stale political debate on ideas versus interests in political

Posted in Politics, Research

Inferring Whether the Polls Were Correct

Let’s say we want to estimate a quantity . We form an estimate of that quantity , with a 95% confidence interval of . Let’s say we form another estimate , with a confidence interval of . And then it

Posted in Current Affairs, Politics, Research

Some of the Worst Things about the Election

There are many potentially ominous consequences of Trump’s defeat of Clinton last night. Many opponents of President-elect Trump are particularly worried about the safety and inclusion of people of color, women, and religious minorities; the GOP’s legislative agenda; and the

Posted in Current Affairs, Politics

Race, Class, Money, Identity

I tweeted this last night. I'm a political economist. Guess what I've learned? Race and identity > money and class. — Tom Pepinsky (@TomPepinsky) November 4, 2016 What did I mean? I was responding narrowly to two current events. One

Posted in Current Affairs, Indonesia, Politics

Citizenship, Trust, and Democratic Stability in the United States

[UPDATE, October 31: If you read this post and conclude that my argument is that “both sides do it” then you have missed my point, which is found not in paragraph 1 but in the remainder of the essay.] The

Posted in Current Affairs, Politics
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