TRIP Blog Post Archive

External Blog Posts by the TRIP Team: 

Should the U.S. have indicted FIFA officials? Ask the experts. –  Former P.I. Dan Maliniak partners with Monkey Cage contributor Erik Voeten to examine recent scholarly opinions on the indictments of FIFA officials using our Snap Poll Data.

Confidence and Gender in International Relations – Former TRIP Team Members look at the gap in confidence of scholars in IR by looking at gender-differentiated socialization and how it influences the responses of female IR academics in our Snap polls.

Experts Don’t Like Trump’s Withdrawal From the Iran Deal — Or His Foreign Policy in General – Our P.I.s look at the results of one of our Snap polls discussing the Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran Deal.

IR Theory After Trump: A First Image Renaissance? Part I – Project Manager Eric Parajon as well as professors from the College of William and Mary and Baylor look at the popularity and use of “first image” analysis in academic articles. 

There Really is an Expert Consensus: Multilateralism Still Matters – The TRIP P.I.s and P.M. look at academia’s perspective on multilateralism in international politics. 

International relations scholars think that the U.S. spends too much on defense – The TRIP Team examines the results of the first Snap Poll and its results on the opinions of International Relations scholars on U.S. defense spending.

IR Theory and Practice: A Parting of the Ways? – Tierney looks at the growing split between IR Theory and IR Practice in the policy world in an interview.

Blog Posts by other IR Professionals (using TRIP data):

Most Influential IR Scholars – In the world of the Ivory Tower, Payne investigates which IR scholars have had the largest impact on the discipline over the past 20 years.

The Realist Tradition in American Public Opinion – Drezner discusses how many IR scholars have an “anti-realist” view towards international relations, yet the American public seems to be accepting of both realpolitik as well as liberal internationalism.

The William and Mary Survey, 2006-2007 – This survey ranks the top International Relations programs in the country, at the undergraduate, MA and Ph.D. level.

No Doves Here! – Ygelsias discusses the misconceptions of IR scholars being promoters of peace, and how data may be changing outlooks on international conflict.

What Foreign Policy Academic Experts Say – John Daly publishes major arguments developed by the 2007 Ivory Tower survey data. 

My faddish discipline thinks my subfield is hot – Dan Drezner examines the consensus drawn from the 2008 Faculty Survey and compares them with the shifting ideas in the Department of National Intelligence on the growing importance of economic stability over terrorism. 

List of Most Influential Faculty in Foreign Affairs – Beth Maclin highlights the achievements of the Harvard University’s Belfer Center in the recent 2008 Faculty Survey.  

Another Year, Another TRIP – Daniel Nexon publishes the results of the 2008 Faculty Survey. 

International Relations 2008 – Marc Lynch discusses what he finds to be the most interesting findings of the 2008 Faculty Survey. 

Tiers of IR Journals – Political Science professionals examine the quality IR Journals by their ratings in the 2011 Faculty Survey.

On Paradigms, Policy Relevance and Other IR Myths – Kate Weaver looks at popular International Relations myths deconstructed by the data published in the 2008 Faculty Service. 

Inside the International Relations Ivory Tower – Erik Voeten at the Monkey Cage talks about the insights that the 2011 Faculty Survey has on rankings and foreign policy expert opinions on contemporary issues. 

TRIP-ing the Geek Fantastic – Group Poster “Pablo K.” examines the trends seen in comparing the 2008 and 2011 Faculty Surveys. 

Daily Debriefing – Dartmouth University celebrates its appearance in the 2011 Faculty Survey rankings. 

TRIP, Wendt, and IR’s Disorder – Kiersey looks at sources from Ohio State University and Occury IR Theory discussing the new 2011 Faculty Survey results. 

Best Place to Study International Relations: Georgetown – Georgetown outlines the recent results about its rankings from the 2011 Faculty Survey. 

Wendt Selected Top Scholar in International Relations – Ohio State University News celebrates the announcement that Alexander Wendt, a professor at Ohio State, is the scholar who has had the greatest influence on the field of international relations in the past 20 years based on the 2011 Faculty Survey. 

Professionalization and Demise of IR Theory – Erik Voeten discusses how the changes within the IR discipline have impacted the importance of theory.

International Relations 101: What IR Scholars Say About the World Today – Looking back at IR Scholars recommendations for policy in 2012.

TRIP survey: East Asia more strategically significant, say IR scholars – Looking at how IR Scholars view issues in Asia in 2012.

Ranking IR Journals – A ranking of the IR Journals that have the greatest influence on the discipline.

Of Polls and Public Engagement in International Relations – Guest contributor to Duck of Minerva Idean Salehyan discusses the importance of polls of international relations academia after the publication of the results from our first Snap Poll. 

Who Predicted Russia’s Military Intervention – Erik Voeten at the Monkey Cage looks at TRIP Snap Poll data on the perceived possibility of Russian intervention in Ukraine in academia. 

Chart of the Day – Andrew Sullivan posts a chart from TRIP’s Snap Poll looking at academia’s opinion on U.S. defense spending.

Caveat Consuasor! – Christopher Gelpi uses TRIP’s Snap Poll data to look at how political affiliation of academia affects predictive capabilities. 

The Wise Men – Mara Tchalakov uses TRIP data to support her argument about the gender gap in International Relations academia. 

Why UKR has the Obama Admin Flat Footed – This article discusses how the world of academia doesn’t necessarily translate to policy success, using the example of annexation in Crimea.

International Relations is Not an American Discipline (Well, Maybe It Is, A Little) – The authors dispute a popular notion that IR as a discipline is “Ameri-centric.”

A War Between U.S. And Russia Or China Unlikely, Say Scholars – Shukla investigates the opinions of both academia and the public regarding the outcome of increased tensions between the U.S., Russia and China.

Poll Highlights Disagreements Between Foreign Policy Experts And The Public – Velencia highlights the growing gap between public and academic views of U.S. foreign policy.

Scholars rank Kerry dead last in terms of effectiveness – A look at the Ivory Tower survey to see which Secretaries of State are considered the most effective.

Scholars Rank Kissinger Most Effective Diplomat – A look at the Ivory Tower survey to see which Secretaries of State are considered the most effective.

The unfairness of the WaPo article “Scholars Rank Kerry dead last in terms of effectiveness” – A response to the Ivory Tower survey and articles discussing the top U.S. Secretaries of State of the past 50 years

Gap Half Full? A Dialogue on Bridging the Academic-Policy Divide – Avant discusses the state of the “gap” between academics and policymakers.

Fact, fiction, and social science replication – Drezner discusses the fear within the academia regarding falsified data and replication of work.

How Likely Is (Nuclear) War Between the United States and Russia? – The author counters a Vox article about war between the U.S. and Russia by analyzing TRIP survey data.

Joe Public vs. Sue Scholar – Horowitz and Salehyan investigate the divide between scholars and the public when it comes to supporting military intervention to solve a dispute.

Ideas, Norms and Nonmaterial Factors in International Relations: A response to Krasner – Deloffre responds to Kranser’s thoughts regarding nonmaterial factors of the IR discipline.

International Relations Scholars on the Election – Haggard dissects scholars’ points of view on the 2016 Presidential Election.

A New Hope? Practice Theory, Relationalism, and the Paradigm Wars – Montgomery discusses the rise of a new player in the academic battle between paradigms.

Why IR needs the environment and the environment needs IR – Busby identifies the disconnect between IR scholarly articles and environmental politics. 

Thinking About a Policy-Oriented PH.D. in International Relations? – The authors discuss the pros and cons of getting a Policy-Oriented Ph.D. in International Relations.

Women Also Know, International Relations Edition – Murdie comments on the state of female involvement in International Relations.

U.S. International Relations Scholars, Global Citizens Differ Sharply On Views Of Threats To Their Country – This article highlights the gap between academics and the public when it comes to the major threats they are facing.

It’s Nearly Unanimous: Foreign Policy Experts Think Trump Made The Wrong Choice on Iran – Beauchamp discusses how TRIP survey data has discovered an overwhelmingly negative response to President Trump’s stance on the “Iran Deal”.

International relations experts and U.S. public agree: America is less respected globally – Devlin discusses how there is an agreement between academics and the public when it comes to the idea of the U.S. commanding less respect in the world.