|Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona|
The rest of January was uneventful for me, although Hawaii thought it was under attack briefly (remember that?). Trump being a racist by calling an entire
|Not much sun, hard to see the dramatic vies|
Another recurring theme? Sexual harassment in academia. I got interviewed as part of a story about how disciplinary bulletin boards (PSR) may or may not play a role in outing sexual harassers. As a result, my old posts about this topic and especially at my old place got the most hits of any of my posts in 2018 (see my next post on the things that hit in spew in 2018).
Remember Trump's parade? Ah, much gnashing of teeth and pounding of keyboards, but it didn't happen. But civ-mil relations was definitely another recurring theme this year. It would be in any year given my current research focus, but given Trump's mishandling of this stuff, much more of it than I would have liked to have seen/written. NATO, too, was a focus throughout the year, especially with Trump's 2% obsession.
Oh, and I got mighty angry at a demographer at the big Ottawa defence conference. I happen to think the empowerment of women is an opportunity, not a problem.
Alas, begun the trade wars have. Kind of makes me want to retire? Nope. Canada made the big decision to go small and for only a brief period in Mali.
I didn't blog as much this month. Was it because I am shy? Nope, just busy preparing for the ISA.
Speaking of the ISA, it was delightful, educational and chock full of meeting the young hotshots of civ-mil relations. I decided to try to meet the younger folks, especially the women, in my twitter feed in real life. I remember David Lake once saying that one of the problems of becoming an older prof is that one's networks atrophy as one does not meet as many younger folks. Twitter has helped me on this score. And the Duckies of 2018 were chock full of, um, me, including my own presentation of what not to do on social media (all of which I do). A great time and I was most honored by the snark and the Duckies themselves. But change isn't happening fast enough. One of the sharp younger folks I sought out turned out to be making news there for the wrong reason--she is an African-American and faced much discrimination at this conference.
I was asked what my rules for being a good ally (allied country edition, not ally of those discriminated edition) might be.
Being in Canada so long as made me a Canadian nationalist? The bright side of Canada is that it is really a small place. I blogged about a colonel getting into an argument in April and I met him in November (although I had forgotten about how I had bumped into him online...).
April ended with a research trip to South Korea, which was both productive and fun.
|The DMZ--North Korea is over there.|
The ISA made the news in a bad way--sexual harassment, so I wrote about it and then had a rare guest post on the topic by Tanisha Fazal.
As writing this blog reminds me, time is so very strange in the Trump Era. I mean this year felt like two Tillersons long.
Oh, and Kid Spew become College Graduate Spew! Super proud parents were we. Time flies and all that, and she continues to knock our socks off.
Yes, I did jump on the disband ICE bandwagon before the summer of kids in cages (and fall and winter).
The G-7 was in Canada and it did not go so well. Blame Canada? Nope.
Kids in cages!?! FFS!!!!
My father died. As he approached 91 and had outlived a few prognoses since the end of the last year, it was not a surprise and he went out on his terms. He got to see nearly all of the world, and he lived long enough to see 2/3s of his grand-children graduate college. He had a lot of regrets, which he shared repeatedly in the last few months. And so we got together and said goodbye.
And then I was off to Chile for yet another case study for the Dave/Phil/Steve project. I was focused in my research on today's civ-mil, but learned much about Chile's old military control of the civilians. Much tourism ensued including skiing the Andes!
I finished the Chile trip and then quickly turned around and went to Europe for the NATO summit. I got to hang with a former student who gave me a great tour of the EU. The story of this NATO summit was toddler Trump. And I was very annoyed.
One of my most viewed posts of the year: how to explain the academic job market to non-academics?
I concluded the month by comparing Trump to Voldemort as I pondered where might we find Trump's horcruxes.
I gave a lot of unsolicited advice in August, including how to think about writing a big project( think about the smaller pieces), how a first year prof should manage things, and where does one find co-authors.
I explain here what took much of my time in 2018, especially the first part and then from August to October: grant-writing to fund the CDSN.
And, yes, my research, old and new, is relevant: Identity politics are like fruitcakes. Really. And no, no American coups.
Another recurring theme--impeachment is not going to happen. But will the Canadian Conservatives follow the Trump example? Alas, yes.
APSA in Boston? Yes, please. I realized I started teaching 25 years ago!
Trump is a lousy principal? Of course. Fun post building on a twitter conversation and on theory I tried to avoid long ago.
One of my biggest pet peeves exacerbated by being posted by one of the former journalists who has a narrow view of poli sci: what do profs know about the military? More than folks think.
Best of all? We got to visit Hollywood Spew and have much butterbeer! And, yes, we love LA.
We finished the big CDSN grant application, which meant I had much to be thank for. It was so nice I blogged about it at least twice.
One of the big boons of the CDSN effort is that it has forced me out of my comfort zone. A partner (the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society-Canada) had a conference on diversity, gender and the armed forces. I learned much.
Another long-standing theme here at the Spew: pushing back against the Realist Gods of IR. This time on the whole Iraq war myth.
|SVH doth rock|
Trump as military commander? Not great, Bob.
|by Steph Carvin|
And I had to blog about the revision of NAFTA if only to honor the best cake of the year.
I wrote about the fundamental requirement of democracy that the GOP is getting wrong--you have to accept losing power.
In a year of big anniversaries, it was fitting that the year ended with my Phd degree hitting 25.
Speaking of long, painful processes, my piece on mythbusting grand theory (another yammering at the Realist Gods of IR) finally was published after much time in R&R hell and then early view.
More people were interested in my take on the Trump Rules.
Fun to conclude the year with perhaps the most ironic or hypocritical (or both) post: some basic rules for social media etiquette. Notice that reviewing one's posts is not one of the things I proscribe.
It has been a terrific year in many ways and a sad year in others. Thanks for reading my stuff and inspiring my posts. I hope you and yours have a great set of holidays and a very Happy New Year.