Link Round-up for April 1

From around the blogosphere:

I could have done an April Fools’ Day themed post. It could have consisted of an elaborate original hoax of my authorship, or a collection of the best April Fools’ pranks from around the web. In a segment from last year, John Oliver claimed: “Anyone who claims to be excited for April Fools’ Day is probably a sociopath.” So, early in my career and still getting acquainted with the academiascape, I decided to play it safe. I also have never been a fan of April Fools’ Day, so that influenced my decision.

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With that said, April Fools’ shenanigans in the service of satire can be great like this Monkey Cage article about professors conceded Africa is in fact a country.


Analyzing Trump

As much as I dislike Donald Trump, the ship of denying him validation by silence sailed long ago. His poll numbers finally seem to be taking a hit following his comments about punishment for abortion and radically rethinking U.S. alliances, so perhaps the danger of acknowledging the great articles being written about him is lessened? The New Yorker.https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlf1/v/t1.0-9/12932564_637829203034429_5301980892076543145_n.jpg?oh=caf3f8f3c1771f8b1676b428abd3bf90&oe=57854666

Could Melania Trump be the Donald’s secret weapon? During the “wifegate” debacle between Trump and Cruz supporters, Melania Trump faced sexist attacks for having posed nude for GQ. This created the impression that the former model may be a liability to the Donald’s conservative audience. To the contrary, Lauren Wright’s survey experiment, reported here in Monkey Cage, suggests that Melania may be able to boost Trump’s appeal.

A Democratic candidate published a scathing critique of Donald Trump as a security threat at War on the Rocks a few days.

Perhaps most interesting of all: “An Ethicist Reads The Art of the Deal” from the Atlantic


Terrorism

After the terrorist attacks of last week, there were some good blogosphere reactions:

Is it obvious that unprecedented international cooperation against terrorism is an unqualified good? Monkey Cage

Is Pakistan ready to take serious action against terrorism? The Diplomat


Weekly Miscellany

I’ve shared articles on the Colombian peace process in the past, so here’s an update: the Atlantic.

Steven Saideman’s recent reflections on the lack of senior women of color in IR. Duck of Minerva.

Going meta-roundup for a moment…Here is the Atlantic’s collection of best reads from March.


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