So this whole Revolution in the Middle East thing is shaping up to be not only a boon to liberal democracy (probably, hopefully, maybe?), but to publicity for good ol’ Wes as well.
Russia expert and Putin-meme connoisseur Peter Rutland (pictured on the right) has an op-ed up in the New York Times presenting the case of why what happened in Egypt and Tunisia will probably not happen in big, fluffy China. His op-ed was written in collaboration with one Orion Lewis, who – aside from having the first name I have now decided to bestow upon my firstborn – is a Government postdoctoral research associate here at Wesleyan. He co-coordinates the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR), which as I talked about in an earlier post was started up by Govt. Prof. Erica Chenoweth back in 2008.
You can go clicky-clicky on the op-ed here.
Speaking of Prof. Chenoweth, she also has an op-ed up in NYT entitled “Give Peaceful Resistance a Chance,” which provides evidence that nonviolent uprisings actually succeed more often than violent uprisings, even against bat-shit-crazy regimes (see Mumu Gaddafi). She even preempts counterarguments by publishing counter-counterarguments on her personal website, which is pretty damn badass. As you can probably tell by now, I’m something of a Chenoweth fan-boy, and if such bad-assery doesn’t justify my fanboy-dom, I don’t know what kind of bad-assery will.
[Thanks to Shoutbox Poster for the tip!]
I hope you guys are enjoying the break, because I’m here on campus enjoying the cold, cold weather.
P.S.: Speaking of fandom, I’ve heard rumors of a Peter Rutland fan-group sprouting about campus. Something about an “Order of the Rutland”? If you have more info, please let me know. Campus-cults are something of an interest for me.