What separates lasting revolutions from armed uprisings? This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into new research on how revolutions actually function, with a spotlight on arguably the most revolutionary period in American history: Reconstruction.
This week, Critical State's Deep Dive looks at a new paper that investigates how people react to resource price shocks in countries where resource economies are already highly developed, using survey data from oil-rich Kazakhstan.
How does the “scare” get put into scarcity? This week, Critical State's Deep Dive discusses the latest research on resource conflicts, with a focus on nonviolent protests and demonstrations that arise out of disagreements over water usage.
A new article by Johannes Vüllers and Roman Krtsch in the journal Political Geography uses geographic data to determine when and where civilian protests happen during wartime in Africa between 1992 and 2013.
Critical State takes a deep dive into one of the most fundamental choices civilians make in wartime: whether to stay in their homes and live under the control of an armed group that has conquered their city — or to abandon their homes and flee to somewhere they hope will be safer.
Neoconservative intellectuals have long turned perceptions of East Asian culture into ammunition for a global political agenda, according to historian Jennifer Miller. Critical State takes a deep dive into Miller's new article that charts these patterns.
The COVID-19 pandemic has often been portrayed as a system-altering shock to international relations. Critical State takes a deep dive into the work of political scientist Daniel Drezner, who predicts that COVID-19 will result in a greater entrenchment of existing international power structures.
How likely are governments to implement border restrictions to fight a pandemic? Critical State takes a deep dive into new research by political scientists Michael Kenwick and Beth Simmons that examines border closures as a measure to contain the coronavirus.
This week, Critical State digs into new research about legislative oversight when it comes to security issues. As historian Peter Roady writes in a new article in the Journal of Policy History, the National Security Agency has escaped congressional oversight with two words: "It's classified."