Again, not much blogging since I cannot use my smartphone in the US without paying $$.
My first panel on ethnic stuff went well. A nice range of papers: our paper on a very preliminary set of data on diasporas, a paper on Kosovar diaspora, one on de facto states (Abhkazia), impact of ethnicity on mediation of conflicts (apparently ethnic fractionalization makes mediation easier), and a paper on how states react to secession with a focus on Pakistan.
Otherwise, heaps of meetings with former grad students, colleagues in the field and friends from grad school. Plus a book room tour. I really need to read faster.
Seattle remains beautiful and sunny.
I have no reactions to whatever is going on in the world since I have no clue. Talk amongst yourselves while I am out of touch.