Friday, July 26, 2019

Salvation and Catastrophe : The Greek-Turkish War, July 1919

The episode of Salvation and Catastrophe: The Greek-Turkish War 1919-1923, that covers the events of July 1919 is now uploaded.

Publication Summary: Mobilization Follies in International Relations


Mobilization Follies in International Relations by Konstantinos Travlos

Over the last academic year, I had two publications come out. Due to life events I was not able to sit down and write a short blog post summarizing them. Now I have a chance. Today I will talk for my contribution to a special issue by the All Azimuth journal. 

The goal of the issue was to provide a series of teaching tools in the form of articles for graduate student methodology and dissertation design courses. My contribution “Mobilization Follies in International Relations: A MultimethodExploration of Why Some Decision Makers Fail to Avoid War When PublicMobilization as a Bargaining Tool Fails”, sought to help students by presenting a full research article, but combining it with commentary on the decisions made throughout the process.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Book reaction: John A.Vasquez "Contagion and War: Lessons form the First World War"


I just finished reading my dissertation advisor’s (and friend’s, ergo me using his name on a first person basis) most recent book. I am talking about “Contagion and War: Lessons fromthe First World War” by John A. Vasquez.

This book is the cumulation point of John’s long standing fascination and interest with the First World War (which I shared leading to some of the best conversations I had with him during my PhD studies). In it he marshals his considerable knowledge of the case, plus his knowledge of international relations theory to use the Frist World War as a case study in research design guided by the logic of discovery rather than confirmation.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

My Job Market Experience

This year I was out on the academic job market, as the plummeting Turkish Lira is starting to make it impossible for me to service my student loans. Due to family events, as well as my general abysmal showing, I have now stopped the job seeking process. That said I would like to take stock about what happened and to give some information so that other scholars, and especially PhD students might learn from my experience. This is largely relevant to US PhDs. Keep in  mind I am a privileged person in being white, male, cis-gendered, and not poor (I am not rich either). I also have a US citizenship and EU one. So lots of privilege going on here, so keep it in mind.