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 […]

2 weeks down, 2 weeks to go

  While my research obviously stretches to the full 7 weeks, the heart of the research is in these first four weeks in Pamplona, Spain where I am collecting my data. After arriving June 1st, I immediately started work at the Archivo Diocesano de Pamplona (ADP) the next day. It was definitely something of a […]

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 […]