“Peacekeeping, Aid and Violence: The Integrated Effect of Humanitarian Aid and UN Peacekeeping” by Han Dorussen and Shenghao Zhang

Registration required! Authors: Han Dorussen (Essex) and Shenghao Zhang (Essex) Abstract: Peacekeeping operation is regarded as a useful conflict resolution tool to contain violence, while the effect of aid on conflict is indeterminate. Previous literature has focused mostly on the effectiveness of peacekeeping and aid in isolation, rather than their integrated effect. This article investigates the integrated effect […]

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“Authoritarian Delegation to Single-minded Agents: Limitations of Political Control in Managing Policy Tradeoffs” by Hongshen Zhu

Registration required! Author: Hongshen Zhu (Duke) Abstract: Applying difference-in-difference estimations on daily mobility data during China’s COVID-19 epidemic and an original poverty elimination campaign dataset, this paper examines local officials’ decision-making in a high frequency and high salience setting. The ruling Communist Party center decentralized lockdown decision-making to hold local officials accountable to pandemic control results and leave […]

“Membership Recruitment Strategies in Single-Party Regimes: Evidence from China” by Fabio Angiolillo

Registration required! Author: Fabio Angiolillo (Hong Kong University) Abstract: In single-party regimes, what is the impact of changing social structure on ruling party decision-making in recruiting new rank-and-file members? Taking China as a case study, the paper analyzes the relationship between applicants to the Chinese Communist Party and ruling party’s selection strategy during the decade 2005-2015. The emergence […]

“Divergent Partnerships: National Variation & INGO-State Relations in CambodiaDivergent Partnerships: National Variation & INGO-State Relations in Cambodia” by Mary-Collier Wilks

Registration required! Authors: Mary-Collier Wilks (Stanford). Abstract: This article uses ethnographic and interview methods to compare two international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) implementing public health programs in Cambodia. Both INGOs formally adopt the same global […]

“Pasts that Bind: Memory, Institutions, and the Domestic Politics of South Korea-Japan Reconciliation” by Eun A Jo

Registration required! Authors: Eun A Jo (Cornell) Abstract: Why have South Korea and Japan failed to reconcile over their colonial history? To explain, I develop a theory of memory politics that highlights the interactive processes by which collective memory permeates the public domain. I argue that social actors mobilize collective memory—an intersubjective understanding of the past—to meet their […]

“Making Weaponized Interdependence Work: The Case of the Myanmar Sanctions Regime” by Keith A. Preble and Charmain N. Willis

Registration required! Authors: Keith A. Preble (Albany) and Charmaine N. Willis (Albany). Abstract: With the recent democratic backsliding in Myanmar (Burma), the United States and western countries have threatened to impose or have imposed economic sanctions on the junta. Our paper explores the efficacy of economic sanctions on Burma by examining the sanctions regimes between the 1988 uprising […]

“Territorial Consolidation and Third-Party Conflict: Evidence from a Natural Experiment” by Daina Chiba and William Reed

Registration required! Author: Daina Chiba (University of Macau) and William Reed (University of Maryland) Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between peaceful resolution of territorial disputes and the risk of conflict with third party states in subsequent years. We assess the causal effect of territorial gains on future conflict by exploiting the direction of verdicts given by an […]

“Religious Rhetoric in Politics: Competition versus Alignment” by Mohamed Salihin Subhan

Registration required! Author: Mohamed Salihin Subhan (UBC). Abstract: Why and how do governments use religious rhetoric? In this paper, I argue that governments use religious rhetoric in response to potential electoral threat from religious political actors, and that the nature of religious rhetoric usage depends on the perceived level of electoral threat. Political incumbents use competitive religious rhetoric […]