MPSA Draft: Constituency Ties and the Rebel Group Behavior Amidst Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are increasingly overlapping with ongoing conflicts creating what scholars call dual disasters. However, these disasters also create’windows of opportunity’for the government and the rebels to take unprecedented actions. While the existing literature focuses on how governments deal with natural disasters, the rebel response to such exogenous shocks remains an understudied area. We seek to explain the heterogeneity of rebel behavior in this context by asking: why do some rebel groups facilitate the official relief operations during natural disasters while others obstruct them?This behavior, we argue, is a product of the strength or weakness of the ties between the rebel groups and their constituencies in the pre-disaster settings. We show that rebels having strong ties with the people they claim to represent are more likely to facilitate relief operations by operationalizing constituency relations in terms of ethnic affinity, resource dependency, services provision, and the use of indiscriminate violence. We test out theory using a novel data on rebel behavior amidst natural disasters. Continue reading MPSA Draft: Constituency Ties and the Rebel Group Behavior Amidst Natural Disasters

The Basic Requirements for Grad School Admissions

It is my second blog in the series on graduate education in the USA. I previously wrote an introductory post on the idea of graduate school: accessible here. I am also compelled to state that this guide is based on my personal experience as an applicant to various political science graduate programs, so it is best fit for future political/social sciences graduate students.

These are the main requirements for any graduate program:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or 4 years of undergraduate education
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. GRE scores
  4. TOEFL scores (for international students)
  5. 3 letters of recommendations
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Writing sample

Some schools may ask for additional documents but that varies from program to program. Now let’s go into details of each of these requirements. Continue reading The Basic Requirements for Grad School Admissions

Applying to Grad Schools (MA/PhD programs) in the USA?

Admission season has already kicked off, and my friends have started asking me questions about the graduate programs in the USA that I wish I knew the answers to before I applied.

This blog post is the first in a series of posts on the process of preparation,  selection, and admission to the (political/social sciences) graduate programs in the USA. Continue reading Applying to Grad Schools (MA/PhD programs) in the USA?

Kör Arabın Şarkısı / Kor Ərəbin Mahnısı

Ne aşk olaydı, ne aşık, ne nazlı afet olaydı,
Ne halk olaydı, ne halık, ne aşk-ı hasret olaydı.

Ne dert olaydı, ne derman, ne sûr olaydı, ne matem,
Ne aşiyane-i vuslat, ne bari-firkat olaydı.

Gönülde nur-i muhabbet, gözümde perde-i zulmet…
Ne nur olaydı, ne zulmet, ne böyle hılkat olaydı.

Nedir bu hilkat-i bi-merhamet, bu perdeli hikmet?
Bu zulme karşı n’olur bir de adalet olaydı.

Tükendi takat-ü sabrım, adalet! Ah, adalet!
Ne önce öyle saadet, ne böyle zillet olaydı. Continue reading Kör Arabın Şarkısı / Kor Ərəbin Mahnısı

O mahur beste çalar Müjgan’la ben ağlaşırız

Şenlik dağıldı bir acı yel kaldı bahçede yalnız
O mahur beste çalar Müjgan’la ben ağlaşırız
Gitti dostlar şölen bitti ne eski heyecan ne hız
Yalnız kederli yalnızlığımız da sıralı sırasız
O mahur beste çalar Müjgan’la ben ağlaşırız Continue reading O mahur beste çalar Müjgan’la ben ağlaşırız

Exloring alterntaives in IR analysis: Postcolonialism

There exist multiple parallel realities that render a single deterministic approach to the analysis of power, politics and society futile. Postcolonialism is the approach that recognizes the vitalities of alternative and subaltern perspectives to the analysis of politics among the states. This approach relies heavily on the historical experiences and grievances of the colonized people to highlight the atrocities committed by the imperial states that happen to the perpetrators of a self-proclaimed egalitarian world order. Postcolonialist scholars argue that the current world order followed a path set previously by colonial subordination. Hence, they treat it as a tacit continuation of colonialism and as an instrument to maintain Western dominance over the rest. Continue reading Exloring alterntaives in IR analysis: Postcolonialism