I'm off soon to Washington for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association - blogging will resume on Tuesday, probably.
I'm on two panels. The first is a panel with papers from a forthcoming book, Anti-Americanisms in World Politics, edited by Peter Katzenstein and Bob Keohane. My chapter, which I've been working extremely hard on for the last few months but haven't mentioned on the blog, is on "Anti-Americanisms in Arab Politics." Other papers on the panel, along with mine and Katzenstein/Keohane's, are by Giaccamo Chiozza (statistical analysis of public opinion surveys), and Sophie Meniuer (France); the discussants are Henry Nau and John Ruggie. Stephen Krasner was supposed to be a discussant, but he's too busy being the head of Policy Planning at State Department right now. It's Friday at 2:00, for those APSA member readers who might be interested in this sort of thing.
I'm also on a roundtable on "Democracy and Democracy Promotion in the Middle East." Other paticipants include Dalia Kaye (who organized the panel), Mark Tessler, Amr Hamzawy, Nathan Brown, and Risa Brooks. Sounds like a good lineup, and should be an entertaining discussion. That's Saturday at 2:00, again for those of you who might care.
I don't tend to go to many panels at APSA, or other conferences (coffee shops before noon, bars thereafter are more my thing, or used to be before the kids...). But if I did, here are some other panels which look especially interesting to me.
"The End of the Bush Revolution? Democratization, Unilateralism, and Pre-emption in American Foreign Policy", with John Ikenberry, Francis Fukuyama, Jeff Legro, John Mearsheimer, and Joe Grieco. Of course they scheduled that opposite my anti-Americanism panel, so I definitely won't be seeing that one.
"Democracy Imposed? The Prospects for Democracy in the Middle East." With Larry Diamond, Lisa Anderson, Daniel Brumberg, and Elliott Abrams (yes, that Elliott Abrams). It's 8:00 AM Friday, so whether I attend largely depends on the previous night's activities, I suppose.
"International Relations Theory in the Age of Global Terrorism: Is Grand Theory Dead?" with Bob Keohane, Alex Wendt, and Ken Waltz. Maybe a better question than "did constructivism win"... maybe even interesting enough to get me to a Friday 4:15 panel. Giggle.
"Offensive Realism, Global Jihadi Networks, and the Power of Preemption" with John Mearsheimer, Stephen Van Evera, John Mueller, and Robert Jervis, among others. Thursday afternoon, so I'll miss it, but sure sounds interesting.
"Roundtable: Ethnography Meets Rational Choice: The Case of David Laitin, For Example", including a paper by Ted Hopf called "Being David Laitin: the Fearon factor." Interesting mainly because David Laitin himself doesn't appear on the roster... making one wonder whether he's a willing John Malkovich? Jim, any insights?
Also, I'm going to be the section-chief for Division 12 next year - "Comparative Politics of the Developing World." So, since as I understand it panels are at least partially allocated based on attendance at the previous year's conference, go to lots of Div 12 panels so that I get more panels to play with!
I'm sure there's lots more, but I've got lots to do before I leave - writing my talks, maybe? - so that's it. Feel free to meet and greet the Aardvark if you see me wandering the halls, or, um, guarding the bar from vampires.