The Cyberflâneur #23: Daniel Drezner

Daniel Drezner is professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and contributing editor at the Washington Post. Daniel is also the author of many books, including recently The Ideas Industry, a nuanced and trenchant examination of the decline of the public intellectual and the rise of “thought-leading” TED talkers. The book explains how political polarisation, heightened inequality, and eroding trust in authority are the galvanising forces behind these “single idea merchants” who often operate via institutions that remain closed to the wider public. Daniel’s most recent book The Toddler in Chief saw him undertake the unenviable task of parsing tweets by Trump allies “describing the president like a toddler”.

Daniel has kindly dipped into our large library of high-quality content and fetched some stellar contributions on global economic networks and state coercion, China’s quest for security through “Eurasian connectivity”, the challenges to US hegemony, the relationship between populism and the American party system, and much more besides.

For Daniel’s bio and Twitter. A recent talk by Daniel below and more of his work towards the end.

~ Evgeny Morozov

Kingston Conference on International Security 2019: A Changing International Order? Implications for the Security Environment

Daniel’s Selections

I.

Weaponized Interdependence: How Global Economic Networks Shape State Coercion

This might be the most important article in the global political economy published in the last decade – and the next one.


II.

China in a World of Orders: Rethinking Compliance and Challenge in Beijing’s International Relations

What if the liberal international order was not a single thing but a suite of multiple orders? Johnston does an excellent job of detailing multiple orders and the wide variation in how China engages each one.


III.

Economic-Security Nexus in the AIIB: China’s Quest for Security Through Eurasian Connectivity

How does China view the AIIB? Much of the debate presumes this view has remained constant, and this essay shows why that presumption is flawed.


IV.

Partner Politics: Russia, China, and the Challenge of Extending US Hegemony after the Cold War

Mastanduno is one of the premier political economy scholars of the past 25 years. This essay does an excellent job of delineating the strengths and weaknesses of expanding liberal hegemonic orders to illiberal states.


V.

China Inc. Goes Global. Transnational and National Networks of China’s Globalizing Business Elite

A solid network analysis of Chinese corporate activity in the rest of the world that splits the difference between viewing China as a status quo and revisionist actor.


VI.

Populism and the American Party System: Opportunities and Constraints

2016 proved that American exceptionalism did not exempt the United States from populist nationalism. Lee’s essay, however, reminds us that the peculiarities of America’s two-party system means populism will manifest itself in different ways in the USA.


VII.

President Trump as Status Dysfunction

An organization theorist explains in painstaking detail exactly why Donald Trump is a bad president.


VIII.

Donald Trump Meets Carl Schmitt

Any time Carl Schmitt is invoked in modern political discourse, it’s a bad sign of the times.


IX.

The Transnationalist US Foreign‐Policy Elite in Exile? A Comparative Network Analysis of the Trump Administration

Foreign policy critics have debated fiercely whether the Trump administration represents a disjuncture or continuation of the post-Cold War approach to American foreign policy. This paper clarifies the debate in useful and surprising ways.


X.

The Outrage of Networks: Social Media and Contemporary Authoritarian Populism

Every new communications technology has an initial moment of intellectual utopianism followed by disillusionment. This essay nicely captures this dynamic with respect to social media and the rise of the alt-right.


More by Daniel Drezner – from our Stacks

Our archive of high-quality content across text, video and audio – our “Living Syllabus” as we call it – has already reached over 20,000 items and grows larger every week.

Here are some recent pieces by or featuring Daniel from those archives:


Previous Editions

  • #15 Kaiser Kuo – Writer, Musician, Podcaster
  • #16 Atossa Araxia Abrahamian – Senior Editor at the Nation, Author of The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen
  • #17 Li Andersson – Finland’s Minister of Education and the Chairperson of the Left Alliance party
  • #18 István Rév – Professor of History and Political Science at CEU, Director of the Open Society Archives
  • #19 Benjamin Bratton – Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California
  • #20 Ivan Krastev – Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna
  • #21 Daniela Gabor – Professor of Economics and Macro-Finance at UWE Bristol, Founder of Critical Macro Finance
  • #22 Fabrizio Barca – Italian Politician, founder of Forum on Inequality and Diversity

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