Link Round-up for March 25

The Brussels attacks: sympathy, but with some finger pointing…

Given that deRaismes already covered the attacks on Tuesday, I just want to add an aspect of the aftermath

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Compared to recent terrorist attacks in Turkey that have more or less gone unnoticed by many in the west, Belgium did receive an outpouring of grief following the terrorist attacks at Brussels’ Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station. Nevertheless, in addition to the usual messages of sympathy, another narrative emerged almost pointing fingers at leaders in Belgium. Common to these arguments is the view that a combination of a comparatively slight security and intelligence apparatus and the marginalization of Brussel’s Muslim population creates an environment where terror networks can thrive. In Foreign Policy, Leela Jacinto wrote that “the rampant dysfunction in Belgium puts us all in danger.” While The Washington Post, considered Belgium’s status as the European “hub of terror.” A similar perspective is apparent in Daniel Benjamin’s argument that there is a reason that reason has suffered more recent attacks than the United States. Politico.

Back to the blogosphere…

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As long as Turkey was mentioned above, it would be good to mention Jason Brownlee’s article in the Monkey Cage arguing that Turkey’s apparent descent from democracy towards an increasingly authoritarian regime threatens to call into question one of the most robust “laws” of comparative politics—Adam Przeworski and Fernando Limongi’s dictum that democracies above a certain level of GDP do not become authoritarian.

Another recent Monkey Cage article receiving a lot of play is Marc Lynch’s argument that (contra Joseph Nye and others) the discipline of Political Science is more relevant than ever before.

One last Monkey Cage piece for good measure. As a good student of politics—and especially as a sociologically-inclined student of politics, I always welcome a call for economists to exercise humility. This conversation with Dani Rodrik is worth reading.

At War on the Rocks, Job C. Henning and Douglas A. Ollivant write about “radically rethinking NATO.” Thankfully, what they have in mind is not the kind of radical rethinking favored by Donald Trump and Sen. Tom Cotton. Politico.

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Finally, ISQ Online will be running a “Current Events” feature on the Brussels attacks, be on the lookout for that within the next 24 hours.


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