Cooperation versus Conflict Management

In my previous post, I offered the theory that international institutions might serve conflict management functions.  This proffer would allow institutions to more readily adapt, and, when adaptation fails, a likely culprit could be recognized in a given crisis. This led me to consider what really was the difference between crisis management and cooperation, the…

The Problem with Punctuated Equilibrium

I’ve spent some time recently considering how institutions adapt, particularly the punctuated equilibrium theory and how it relates to path dependence. Punctuated equilibrium (as I understand it from Krasner’s 1984 work “Approaches to the State”) essentially says that institutions continue with the status quo until there is a crisis, and then either adapt to the…

Je suis . . . je ne se quoi.

The recent horrible attacks in Paris, as well as the other terrorist attacks in Australia and Canada, are unpardonable acts. But as the adrenaline and immediate fear subsides, the question arises: why would anyone do such a thing? And why must the most terrifying acts of the modern world be carried out in the name…