The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Even Foreign Affairs can be nobbled, apparently
Jack Shafer (June 16) mentions the strange tale (related by Scott Sherman in the Nation on June 3) of Henry Kissinger, his sidekick William Rogers and a review by Council of Foreign Relations
chief Latin America expert, Kenneth Maxwellin Foreign Affairs of a book about the downfall of Salvador Allende.
Maxwell, it seems, made reference to USG's part in the affair, which caused Dr K's surrogate to throw his toys out of the pram. Upshot: Maxwell is with the CFR no longer.
And, the New York Times reports (June 15) that Jeremy Adelman from Princeton, who had agreed to take over the Latin American reviews for the mag, has pulled out, having had second thoughts.
Now, feuding and backstabbing in the academic world is scarcely the preserve of former Cabinet officers; peer review is as good as the competence and integrity of the peers doing the reviewing . Luxurious form and a well-qualified editorial board is no guarantee of a journal's quality or reliability.
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