About Srdjan Vucetic

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Srdjan Vucetic

Pause Before You Laugh at Governor Walker

Photo by Megan McCormick Election campaigns are comedy fodder. This week’s top supplier is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the man running for the Republican presidential nomination in the United States. When queried on Sunday by Chuck Todd of NBC News’ Meet the Press about the risk of terrorists sneaking across US borders to launch attacks, Walk… Read More

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Hillary Clinton’s World

As part of the Canada 2020 conference, Hillary Clinton will be giving a lunch-time talk at the Ottawa Convention Center on October 6. The subject of her speech is yet to be announced, but I imagine due attention to “Canada-U.S. relations in a changing world” will be given. I also imagine the event will be sold out despite high ticket prices because the form… Read More

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Wherefore the Air Force? A Review of Robert Farley’s “Grounded”

Robert Farley, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014).  The future of the U.S. military may be in Canada’s past, contends Robert Farley. The book’s main argument is that an independent air force negatively impacts U.S. defence and security. Every branch of the military has its o… Read More

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Understanding the Great War

Published in the Ottawa Citizen, March 31, 2014 The assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on June 28, 1914 set off a chain of events that a few weeks later led to an all-out war involving virtually all key European powers and their enormous overseas empires at the time. How did this happen? As a Sarajevan, I was socialized from an early age to think… Read More

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Oversell but Underperform? The Increasingly Troubled Legacy of the ICTY

Once again, transitional justice-watchers are enthralled with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). After dishing out one controversial acquittal after another for months, the tribunal is now embroiled in a bona fide scandal.  It involves a major transgression of protocol and norms that guide institutional behavio… Read More

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Themed Journal Issue on “The International Politics of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter”

By Kim Richard Nossal (Queen’s University) and Srdjan Vucetic In the Maclean’s annual list of “99 stupid things the government did with your money”, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter appears as exhibit 46: Jet lagged: After dissing reports from the auditor general and Parliamentary Budget Office that warned the price of F-35 fighter jets would b… Read More

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What’s New in the EU: the Euro Crisis and the 28th Member State

The European Union has never not been in crisis. Whether “this time is different”—and “this time” refers to ongoing iterations of the eurozone crisis—is a question that lends itself to all sorts of speculation along the lines of an abstract showdown between ‘economics’ and ‘politics’. For Timothy Garton-Ash, there is a “mismatc… Read More

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Nuclear Power: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Extreme events have the ability to radically change political, moral, technical and other debates that shape what governments say and do. The effect of the 2011 Fukushima disaster on national energy strategies was so far-reaching that it led many to forecast the death of nuclear power. In Europe, for example, the governments of Germany, Italy, Belgium, a… Read More

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Obama’s Ohio Report

My Ohioans did it again.  In every election since 1964 (and almost every time since 1904), the winner of this state ended up taking the presidency – hence the clichés “America’s bellwether” and “as Ohio goes, so goes America”.  Having spent six years of my life studying politics at The Ohio State University not so long ago, I can’t help but i… Read More

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