Off to get my GOAt

I have to run and debate U.S. foreign policy in a bar. I’ll be sure to provide an “after action” report. If you’re still jonesing for convention blogging, you could do far, far worse than the convention blogs from Reason and The New Republic. UPDATE: That was a blast. A great crowd and a good ...

By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast.

I have to run and debate U.S. foreign policy in a bar. I'll be sure to provide an "after action" report. If you're still jonesing for convention blogging, you could do far, far worse than the convention blogs from Reason and The New Republic. UPDATE: That was a blast. A great crowd and a good debate. What truly amazed me was that 120-150 people showed up for this on a Monday night during the convention -- 50 people stood up for the entire ninety minutes. And nary a boo was heard. ANOTHER UPATE: Paul Noonan provides an accurate summary of the debate here. Good to know the Clinton impersonation still wows the crowd. One correction -- when I made the statement about answering a question as a real expert and not a pseudo-expert, that crack was NOT targeted at my debating partner, but rather myself -- the previous question or two had covered areas where I felt uneasy making authoritative statements.

I have to run and debate U.S. foreign policy in a bar. I’ll be sure to provide an “after action” report. If you’re still jonesing for convention blogging, you could do far, far worse than the convention blogs from Reason and The New Republic. UPDATE: That was a blast. A great crowd and a good debate. What truly amazed me was that 120-150 people showed up for this on a Monday night during the convention — 50 people stood up for the entire ninety minutes. And nary a boo was heard. ANOTHER UPATE: Paul Noonan provides an accurate summary of the debate here. Good to know the Clinton impersonation still wows the crowd. One correction — when I made the statement about answering a question as a real expert and not a pseudo-expert, that crack was NOT targeted at my debating partner, but rather myself — the previous question or two had covered areas where I felt uneasy making authoritative statements.

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast. Twitter: @dandrezner

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