Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg publishes The Worth of War

Congratulations to Center Program Chair Benjamin Ginsberg on the publication of his most recent book, The Worth of War (Prometheus Books). In a most thought-provoking study, Dr. Ginsberg intrepidly goes where few scholars dare -- to a thoughtful examination of the societal benefits of war:


From the publisher:  Although war is terrible and brutal, history shows that it has been a great driver of human progress. So argues political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg in this incisive, well-researched study of the benefits to civilization derived from armed conflict. Ginsberg makes a convincing case that war selects for and promotes certain features of societies that are generally held to represent progress. These include rationality, technological and economic development, and liberal forms of government.
Contrary to common perceptions that war is the height of irrationality, Ginsberg persuasively demonstrates that in fact it is the ultimate test of rationality. He points out that those societies best able to assess threats from enemies rationally and objectively are usually the survivors of warfare. However deplorable the realities of war are, the many fascinating examples and astute analysis in this thought-provoking book will make readers reconsider the unmistakable connection between war and progress.



To order a copy, contact Random House at 800-733-3000.  The book is also available on


JHU Faculty, David Anderson, publishes book

Congratulations to Professor David M. Anderson on the recent publication of his book, Leveraging: A Political, Economic, and Societal Framework.  Professor Anderson teaches "Scandal Management, Ethics and Public Policy" at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies.  For more information about the book, please click here.


MA in Government Student Hallie Jackson Joins NBC News

Congratulations to Hallie Jackson, who is joining NBC news as a correspondent.  She was previously a correspondent for Hearst Television, based in Washington, DC.   See more here


JHU Alums Brian Feldman and Marc Korman win primary elections


 Congratulations to JHU MA in Government Alums, Brian Feldman ('2000) for winning the Democratic Primary for the Maryland State Senate for District 15 and to Marc Korman ('2007) for winning the Democratic Primary (along with Ariana Keley and Bill Frick) for the Maryland House of Delegates, District 16 in Tuesday's election.




Jennifer Bachner's Op-Ed in Roll Call on the Cantor Race

Dr. Jennifer Bachner of the Johns Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies has an op-ed in this morning's edition of Roll Call: Cantor's Loss Was Result of Unforced Error.  Bachner argues that Eric Cantor's primary loss can be attributed to a strategic error in bombarding the electorate with negative ads:

Cantor’s negative advertisements suggest that his team thought they could convince voters that Brat was a liberal, and that Brat was running to the left of Cantor. However, with Brat receiving endorsements from conservative notables (Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter) and the simple fact that all tea party candidates run from the right, this was a long-shot. While Cantor may have had reason to respond to certain attacks levied against him, his campaign strategy was deliberate in going negative when his opponent did not have the resources to shape the debate at all.

Read the complete article here.