WAR ACCORDING TO SCHOLARS

I have returned and am now back to blogging. I have listened to dozens of papers from professional analysts of international relations, most of whom are liberal academics, including numerous Europeans, discuss the impending war with Iraq and other topics of concern. While a couple of top-draw IR scholars whose opinions I respect think Saddam will back down at the last minute–because he’s a rational actor and knows he will die if there is an invasion–most think war is indeed inevitable. A sizeable majority think it’s a bad idea, although their reasoning isn’t any more enlightening than what I’ve read or heard over the past several months.

The convention was picketed Friday by the usual suspects. The signs haven’t gotten any more persuasive, either. The fact that the ISA membership largely supports the anti-war position was apparently lost on the protestors.

FILED UNDER: Iraq War
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.