August 18: los nombres de todos sus ahogados

I wasn’t sure what to write about for my last blog post. My project is approaching a final draft, and I have nothing new to say about international alliances or weapons deals or neutrality agreements. It seems fitting, though, to recognize the 81st anniversary of the death of Federico García Lorca. Lorca was an acclaimed […]

July 24: where international relations and comparative politics intersect

Ideally, any research project should find a “gap” in the literature where your project will contribute genuinely “new” knowledge. My research on Spain and Syria has made it clear to me that despite falling under the broad umbrella of political science, international involvement in civil wars is a fairly under-researched phenomenon. Most civil war research […]

Week 2 update: thoughts on neutrality and international chess

My first week of research focused entirely on internalizing the history of the Spanish civil war. My reading has included two English-language history books, a Spanish-language book exploring how the guerra civil continues to shape Spanish identity and politics, and Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia. In general, Spanish accounts emphasize domestic actors and ideas much more than an English […]