Writing Armageddon

Writing Armageddon
Furious writing or writing furiously?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Russo-Turkish Crisis and conflict dynamics

Over the last few days the brewing Russo-Turkish conflict over events in Syria took a deadly turn. Turkish air-defenses shot down aRussian SU-24, that was conducting bombing runs in the Turkmen inhabited parts of northern Syria. Russia claims it was hitting ISIS(DAESH) targets, while Turkey has long claimed that the attacks hit anti-Assad Turkmen rebels. The two pilots bailed out of their burning aircraft, but one seems to have been shot dead by the Turkmens (technically a crime under international law) while the other has been rescued.

This military interstate dispute (MID) was bound to happen due to the opposition between President Erdogan of Turkey and President Putin of Russia over the policy each pursues in Syria, and due to the proximity of Russian military operations to Turkey. Many have voiced the fear of escalation that might lead to war.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Highlights from Peace Science Society Meeting

I was not able to post much on this blog due to having to travel to the Peace Science Society North American Meeting at the University of Mississippi. During the travels the Paris attacks happened, and I can assure you we were all rather shocked at them (me a bit less since we had something like this happen in Ankara less than a month ago). I am not planning to post something on that because frankly I consider it bad science to analyse events as they are happening. The quest or relevancy is an important one, but it can easily undermine the more important quest of scientific rigor. And in the social scientific fields, at least in my opinion that is the priority.

Peace Science  was great, and I had the chance to meet a lot of friends and colleagues. I was not able to enjoy all of the meeting due to a hick-up in flight plans, but from the stuff I got a chance to see the following stood out.