I am excited that the editor of the American Journal of Political Science invited me and my co-authors Saurabh Pant and Beza Tesfaye to revise and resubmit our paper titled “Winning Hearts and Minds in Civil Wars: Governance, Leadership Change, and Support for Violence in Iraq“. This paper leverages original data from a national survey in Iraq and an unforeseen leadership transition while the survey was in the field to test the hearts-and-minds model of counterinsurgency. Specifically, the paper shows that the resignation of a divisive prime minister led Iraq’s displeased minorities to shift support away from the insurgency to the government. This realignment was due to rising optimism among minorities that the new government would provide basic services and public goods – specifically security, electricity, and jobs.
The editor of the Review of International Organizations invited me to resubmit a revised version of my paper on issue linkage across international organizations. This paper shows that states can leverage a temporary privileged position in one international organization (United Nations) to attain more beneficial bargaining outcomes in another international organization (European Union). I look forward to editing the paper in light of the the reviewers’ and editor’s very helpful comments. You can access the current version of the paper under the Research link on my website.
The editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution has accepted my paper on “Lessons on political violence from America’s post-9/11 wars”. This paper is co-authored with Jacob Shapiro. It analyzes the bargaining failures that led to the onset of these two wars and investigates local-level temporal and spatial variation in the intensity of combat. The paper reviews a large literature in political science that studies these two wars, summarizes the uniquely rich data on both conflicts, and outlines potential avenues for future research. The paper is available under the Research link on my website.