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Since adding a local instance of WordPress two years ago, Middlebury students, faculty and staff have created hundreds of blogs. Every semester classes use our learning management system, Segue, to conduct online discussions.

MiddLab won't replace or replicate this activity. We don't want to build a single application that everyone needs to sign into and discuss their research. Rather, MiddLab will provide an aggregate view of the conversations occurring online relating to Middlebury course and project work.

To kick us off, here's a blogroll of some popular and interesting Middlebury and MIIS authors.

Presidential Power (5)

Does Obama Face A “Competence” Problem?

4 hours 6 min ago
“[T]the world is a mess.” So declared former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright last Sunday while appearing on Bob Schieffer’s Face the Nation. But, if the latest round of punditry is to be believed, so is President’s Obama’s foreign … Continue reading

Is Obama’s Leadership Style To Blame For His Foreign Policy Problems?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:01pm
It has not been a very good month for President Obama when it comes to foreign policy. Despite his personal entreaties to Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay out of the Ukrainian civil conflict, photos released today by American intelligence … Continue reading

Sunday Shorts: Hillary’s Money, Midterm Turnout and Illegal Immigration

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:32am
It’s Sunday, and that means time for some short takes on trending stories: In this earlier post I argued, tongue only partly in cheek, that Hillary Clinton may not be rich enough to be a great president. As I pointed … Continue reading

Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Real West Wing

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:40pm
Regular readers know that every Saturday we look back, via archives I’ve collected through the years, at a key (or at least interesting!) event in presidential history. Today’s original documents come from the Ford Administration, and remind us that Don … Continue reading

No, the Presidency Has NOT Become More Difficult

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:33am
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote an interesting column two days ago under the headline “It’s Virtually Impossible to be a Successful Modern President.” Cillizza begins his piece like this: “Being president is the most powerful job in the world. … Continue reading