2004-05 Mershon Center Research Projects

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    Global Economic Change, International Conflict and Cooperation
    (Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 2004) Pollins, Brian
    This project covers the construction and testing of contending models of international cooperation, compliance, and conflict.
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    Passport: Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 2004-2005
    (2005) Lerner, Mitchell; Hahn, Peter
    Since 1969, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Newsletter has provided a forum for the discussion of issues related to the practice of American diplomacy, while also presenting historians of U.S. foreign policy with a reliable source of professional information. In 2003, the newsletter was renamed Passport, and editorship passed to Peter Hahn and Mitch Lerner, with support from the Mershon Center. Passport’s purpose is: To print essays on substantive issues related to the study of American diplomacy, particularly those focusing on newly opened archival materials. To host debates among scholars. To offer detailed information regarding new publications, scholarly competitions and awards, calls for papers and contributions, and other relevant resources.
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    War Planning 1914
    (2005) Hamilton, Richard; Herwig, Holger
    In The Pathology of War Plans, Hamilton and Herwig look at the plans of six European countries in the buildup to World War I. Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Russia all developed, discussed and tested war plans. In all six cases, the plans were seriously flawed. Yet all six countries implemented them anyway. How did this happen? To answer this question, Hamilton and Herwig have asked six scholars to review each country’s plans leading up to World War I.
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    For Peace and Money: International Finance and the Triple Entente
    (2005) Siegel, Jennifer
    In For Peace and Money: International Finance and the Making and Unmaking of the Entente Cordiale, Jennifer Siegel examines French and British bank loans to Russia in the late imperial period, up to the Genoa Conference of 1922. The study will help explain the ways non-governmental players were able to influence policy both domestically and across national borders in the run-up to World War I.
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    International Organization Legitimation and the Use of Force
    (2005) Thompson, Alexander
    In this project, Thompson set out to explain why the endorsement of an international organization (IO) such as the United Nations plays such a key role in American foreign policy decisions to use force. Why did foreign leaders and publics care whether the United States got U.N. support for its actions? The answer to these questions rests on the notion of legitimation, or the process by which IOs transfer legitimacy onto the actions of states.
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    Indonesian National Election Project
    (2005) Liddle, William; Mujani, Saiful
    After more than four decades years of authoritarian rule, Indonesia held democratic legislative elections in 1999. Elections were held again in 2004, including Indonesia’s first direct election of a president and vice-president. In both cases, a team led by Liddle and Mujani surveyed Indonesian voters to see why they made the choices they did. The surveys were designed to assess the relative impact on Indonesian voters' choices of six sociological and psychological factors.
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    Public Sector Capacity and Political Stability in Latin America
    (2005) Kurtz, Marcus
    Why do some Latin American governments maintain stable democracies while others succumb to political unrest? To answer this question, Marcus Kurtz examined the institutional capacity of states, or their ability to respond to economic inequality and political unrest in ways that prevent escalation into crises that threaten the regime.