The high levels of violence in Mexico defy the usual scholarly explanations. Organized crime is supposed to fly under the radar, and not let violence interfere with profit. Insurgents are more likely to go public with violence, but do so in pursuit of a clear political agenda. Neither of these paradigms reflect the realities of… Continue reading Is Mexico facing a criminal insurgency?
The Conflict Research Society Conference in Oxford was a generative, 2-day event, full of interesting panels and conversations. Yet my time in Oxford still left me with some difficult lessons to learn. In proper social scientist form, I have enumerated these lessons below. By the end of my panel, in the middle of the first… Continue reading Lessons learned in Oxford
Last week saw me dozing on flights, stumbling through airports, and taking the tube to a train to a bus to another bus to another train, to arrive in Oxford in time for the Conflict Research Society Annual Conference. This was my first time attending the CRS conference, and it didn't take me long to… Continue reading The Conflict Research Society Conference
This semester I am teaching a course on Terrorism at Hunter College. It's about as close to an ideal course topic as I can get (given that The Coffee and Doughnuts of New York City isn't a widely recognised political science topic), and it made for an interesting end to the summer, as I put… Continue reading Teaching terrorism
Mexico City is a great base for doing field work (and also for not getting any work done), but is very much its own bubble. I had to take at least a peek beyond the bubble, during my weeks here. Tecozautla, in Hidalgo state, is a pueblo magico. Back when I first lived in Mexico,… Continue reading The magic of Tecozautla
I am in Mexico City for the summer, doing some preliminary field work. Although I have visited the city a number of times, the last of these visits was some six years ago. So, along with attending a conference, meeting with various scholars down here, and actually getting on with some research, I was very… Continue reading You have to be there