About Srdjan Vucetic

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Srdjan Vucetic

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 behaviou… 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 be far hi… 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 “mismatch” between the two: “The ec… Read More

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Bang Bang Bangalore: India’s Military Spending Spree

“Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore” is one of my favourite episodes of The Simpsons. First aired in 2006, it is an important contribution to North American and global popular culture’s celebration of post-liberalization India that began in the 1990s. In it, Homer ends up being in charge of Mr. Burns’s freshly-outsourced nuclear power plant operation.  Apart fro… 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 identify and sympath… Read More

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Romney’s Minority Report

Weekly tracking polls by ImpreMedia & Latino Decisions are showing U.S. President Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney, his GOP challenger, by about 45 points among Hispanic voters.  The result is in line with dozens of similar polls taken during the 2012 campaign that point to the same thing: the Republican Party and its presidential nominee are experie… Read More

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Theory and the City

How many people do International Relations (IR) for a living in Canada’s Capital Region?  To come up with an estimate, we counted full-time faculty who work in this semi-autonomous field of study at four universities in Ottawa and the neighbouring city of Gatineau: Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, St. Paul University and Université du Québ… Read More

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The Future of Flying: A View from Farnborough

All eyes are turning to the London Olympics—but for people in the aerospace industry, Britain’s biggest event this summer is the Farnborough International Airshow. At this event (the 48th iteration of the biannual show run by Britain’s defense and aerospace trade group, ADS), I mingled among tens of thousands of trade delegates. The global aerospace ind… Read More

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