We are thrilled to have joined the Duck of Minerva in Fall 2017 as editors of a new “Bridging the Gap” channel. (Special thanks to Josh Busby—a NEW and IPSI alum—for proposing this idea, and to the other editors for welcoming us aboard.)
Alexander George saw problems on both sides of the gap when he coined the concept in Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practice in Foreign Policy in 1993. First, practitioners had a poor understanding of concepts and history, leading them to miscalculate strategic options in policymaking. Second, scholars failed to give enough attention to research questions that would be helpful for improving policies, and were ill-equipped to translate their research for policy audiences.
These challenges remain. But Bridging the Gap is proud to have built and developed a network of scholars creating ground-breaking research in almost every area of international, comparative, and foreign policy scholarship. Our major goal with the Bridging the Gap channel is to share this rigorous and exciting work as broadly as we can.
We will feature research through traditional blog pieces of different lengths (typically 800-1500 words)—take a look at Naazneen Barma’s post on Cambodia for longer form potential, but note that we are open to shorter pieces, rapid responses, etc. BTG at the Duck will also host a “Book Nook” series, which will present two-minute videos of authors talking about their recent books— here is Brent Durbin’s video about his book on CIA reform. We will also highlight advice on how to connect scholarship with policy, including topics such as how to find a receptive policy audience for your expertise, how to translate your work to make an impact, and how to integrate policy-relevant research into your scholarly portfolio—see Jim Goldgeier’s guidance on preparing files for reappointment and tenure.
If you would like to contribute in any of these formats to the Duck of Minerva and Bridging the Gap partnership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org