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What is the TRIP Project?

Outcomes in international relations (IR) have changed dramatically over the past 25 years. The sudden and peaceful end of the Cold War, dramatic increases in interdependence, the diffusion of democracy, and the rise of non-state actors have all shaped outcomes and put new policy issues on the agenda.

Are students and scholars of IR equipped to assist policy makers as they confront this rapidly changing world? Conversely, does research and teaching in IR have any influence on the real world of international politics and policy making? Almost no systematic research has been done to document empirical patterns or verify causal hypotheses along these lines. The TRIP project seeks to remedy these shortcomings by creating new datasets to address these questions.

Progress, Consensus, and Change in International Relations

The goal of the TRIP Workshop is to is to assemble a diverse group of scholars who will write papers using TRIP data sources (perhaps in combination with other data sources) to better understand the international relations discipline. We hope to discuss and debate some of the most crucial questions of International Relations today – is the discipline still developing productively, are the paradigms still useful, and are the Great Debates helping or hindering progress in International Relations?

The three objectives of the workshop are:

  1. Increase the number and types of scholars using the TRIP data to learn about the discipline of IR and to learn about the links between teaching and research, research and policy, and teaching and policy.
  2. Discuss and debate whether the field is developing, as well as how to ensure the greatest progress within the discipline.
  3. Produce a special issue of a journal and/ or an edited volume with selected papers from this workshop. This conference is only the second attempt to use TRIP data to answer a range of questions by a diverse group of scholars. Our first, located in Montreal in early 2011, was a great success. Replicating these results, the volume produced as a result of this conference should have significant appeal to book publishers, journal editors, and readers.

We hope you will join us in Williamsburg.