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Perspectives on Politics

A Political Science Public Sphere


Perspectives on PoliticsPerspectives on Politics seeks to provide a space for broad and synthetic discussion within the political science profession and between the profession and the broader scholarly and reading publics. Such discussion necessarily draws on and contributes to the scholarship published in the more specialized journals that dominate our discipline. At the same time, Perspectives seeks to promote a complementary form of broad public discussion and synergistic understanding within the profession that is essential to advancing research and promoting scholarly community.

Perspectives seeks to nurture a political science public sphere, publicizing important scholarly topics, ideas, and innovations, linking scholarly authors and readers, and promoting broad reflexive discussion among political scientists about the work that we do and why this work matters.

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Current Issue: Volume 14, Issue 1

From the intro "The Politics of Global Disorder": This Middle East inferno has brought to the fore a wide range of pressing issues. The murder and displacement of millions in Syria, Iraq, and Libya has caused a refugee crisis of epic proportions. The aerial attacks being conducted by the United States, France, Great Britain, and Russia raise questions about the pragmatic and moral limits of aerial bombing campaigns and remote-controlled drone strikes—questions accentuated by the October 2015 US bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan that killed 30 and injured many more, all civilians. The haphazard and uncoordinated response of many intervening states—epitomized by the Turkish downing of a Russian plane over (disputed) Turkish air space—highlights the lack of any meaningful form of global governance capable of dealing with the issues in play.

The current crisis poses intellectual and also practical challenges, as Marc Lynch notes in his “Praxis” essay, “Political Science in Real Time: Engaging the Middle East Policy Public.” This issue of Perspectives contains a wide range of articles, essays, and reviews that shed light on various aspects of this situation.

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