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December 2021

  • December 10 – Seth Masket was featured in Converstion Six’s latest podcast episode on democratic decline in the U.S. Listen to the full episode here. 

  • December 10 – The Center on Foreign Relations quoted Alvin Camba in Benjamin Blythe’s blog post “Malaysia’s New Prime Minister and the Future of Chinese Investment.” 

  • December 9 – Cullen Hendrix’s “Oil and War: An Exchange,” a response piece to Hye Ryeon Jang and Benjamin Smith’s article “Pax Petrolica? Rethinking the Oil-Interstate War Linkage,” is available in Security Studies. 

  • December 8 – Rachel Epstein discussed Biden’s recent video call with Putin on Colorado Morning News (KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM Colorado News, Talk, and Sports Station). You can listen to the entire conversation here

  • December 8 – Hilary Matfess was featured in the Lawfare Podcast episode “Making Sense of the Crisis in Ethiopia.” Listen to the full podcast episode here. 

  • December 3 – Seth Masket was quoted by the Denver Post in the article “ ‘No such thing as bad publicity’: Lauren Boebert maintains hold over CD3, despite Islamophobic comments. Read the full article here.

  • December 2 – Hilary Matfess will be the featured speaker at the Denver Council on Foreign Relations Luncheon Series. Hilary will discuss “What We Miss When We Do Not Consider Women’s Participation in Political Violence.”  

  • December 3 – Korbel and CU Boulder’s Center for Creative Climate Communication and Behavior Change are hosting “Climate Change, Democracy, and Society,” and Cullen Hendrix will be one of the speakers. Click here to learn more and to register. 

  • November 2021
    • November 3 – Naazneen Barma and the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy hosted the first Policy Roundtable of the year. This will be a recurring convening with local policy organizations and actors to co-learn and network around policy issues. Stay tuned for a recording of the presentation.  

    • November 3 - Cullen Hendrix gave remarks to staff from the U.S. State Department, the National Intelligence Council, and the National Counterterrorism Center on the links between climate change and terrorism.  

    • November 10 – Hilary Matfess was quoted in Cristina Maza’s article for National Journal.  You can read the article here. 

    • November 10 – Naazneen Barma and the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy hosted “Local Level Collaboration: From Crisis to Opportunity” featuring the Mayors of Sheridan, City and County of Denver, Lone Tree, Englewood, and Lakewood. The panel discussion focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cross-city collaboration as well as new opportunities that have emerged for increased collaboration in public policy and beyond. If you missed the event, you can catch the recording here.   

    • November 10 – Nadia Kaneva’s comments appear in “Protests and National Images: The Public as an Emerging Problem in Public Diplomacy.” This blog post is based on a panel titled “Protests and Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Nation Branding” organized by the Public Diplomacy Interest Group from the 71st Annual Conference of the International Communications Association in summer of 2021. You can read the blog post here. 

    • November 11 – Seth Masket was quoted in Perry Bacon Jr.’s “Have Democrats reached the limits of White appeasement politics?” in the Washington Post Opinions. You can read the full opinion piece here. 

    • November 12 – Alvin Camba was featured in this month’s Korbel Faculty Friday. The conversation focused on “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Implications in a post-COVID World.”  

    • November 12 – Cullen Hendrix’s (with Marc Noland) latest article for the East-West Center’s AsiaPacific Issues examines the dire situation in Xinjiang, and specifically how the United States and other concerned countries face unprecedented challenges in using economic diplomacy to help improve it.  You can read the full article here. 

    • November 12 – As the COP26 U.N. Climate Change Conference wrapped up last week in Glasgow, Scotland, Perry World House released a series of thought pieces from their June 2021 workshop, Climate Change and Geopolitics. Cullen Hendrix’s “Climate Change and U.S. Security Priorities” was featured in the list. You can read Cullen’s thought piece here. 

    • Upcoming: November 17 @ 4:00pm – Join Seth Masket and the Center on American Politics for “How to Talk to Your Family at Thanksgiving: Conversations Across Ideological Divides.” Click here to learn more and to register to join the event virtually. If you’d prefer to join in person, you can register here. 

    • Upcoming: November 17 – Alvin Camba will be the featured speaker at the Denver Council on Foreign Relations Luncheon Series. Alvin will discuss “China’s Belt and Road Initiative.” 

  • October 2021
    • October 5 – Chen Reis’s article, “Sexual abuse during humanitarian operations still happens. What must be done to end it,” is available through The Conversation. You can read it here. 

    • October 6 – Hilary Matfess’s article, “Dangerous Blind Spots in the Women Peace and Security Agenda,” is available through Inkstick Media. You can read it here. 

    • October 7 – Sié Fellow Gulalai Ismail was a panelist at a webinar on “Protecting Health for Women and Girls in Afghanistan” organized by ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership, a Washington, D.C. based organization. Heather Barr, the Director of Human Rights Watch, among other eminent speakers, was also a panelist. You can watch a recording of the webinar here. 

    • October 8 – Sié Fellow Gulalai Ismail was a speaker at The Imagine Forum’s “Building Trust for Sustainable Peace” Conference organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland and Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre. You can watch a recording of the entire conference here. Gulalai’s talk begins at 4:26:25.  

    • October 10 – Sié Fellows Gulalai Ismail and Saba Ismail spoke at an event organized by Xavier University and Peace Direct for the International Day of the Girl. 

    • October 11 - Oliver Kaplan was the guest editor for the special issue/ symposium of the journal International Interactions on “Promoting Restraint in War” (October 2021 issue 47:5). As part of the issue, he also co-authored the article “Introduction: promoting restraint in war” and published a solo-authored article, “The International Committee of the Red Cross and Support for Civilian Self-Protection in Colombia.” The issue has been listed as a “top read” by the Institute of Development Studies’ (IDS) monthly Humanitarian Evidence Summary. The Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme (K4D) is publishing these monthly Humanitarian Evidence Summaries.  

    • October 12 – You can read the latest article from our IGLI Practitioner-in-Residence, Nanjala Nyabola, “Thinking radically in Africa must start with political education” here. The article is part of the Radical Activism in Africa series on 

    • October 12 – Alvin Camba joined the editorial boards of the Extractive Industries and Society and the Humanities and Social Sciences Communications.  

    • October 12 – Chen Reis’s article, “Sexual abuse during humanitarian operations still happens. What must be done to end it” was highlighted by International Humanitarian Studies Association in their weekly humanitarian blog posts selection. 

    • October 15 – If you missed Deborah Avant on Faculty Friday: Security, Prosperity, and Social Justice, you can watch the recording here. 

    • October 15 – Nadia Kaneva was interviewed by the Association for the Study of Nationalities. The interview focused on her State of the Field article “Nation Branding in the Post-Communist World: Assessing the Field of Critical Research.” You can read the full interview here. 

    • October 17 – Deborah Avant spoke with Allesandro Arduino and Ameem Lutfi about the future of private security for the National University of Singapore’s “Boots on the Ground: Security in Transition in the Middle East and Beyond” podcast. You can listen to the full episode, “The Future of Private Military” here. 

    • October 19 – Seth Masket was quoted on Denver Channel 7’s “Off-year elections often result in lower voter turnout despite big tax questions.” You can read the article here 

    • October 20 – Marie Berry’s co-authored article with Milli Lake, “Women’s Rights After War: On Gender Interventions and Enduring Hierarchies” is available online from Annual Review of Law and Social Science.  

    • October 20 – Sié Fellow Gulalai Ismail spoke at Wesleyan University Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life event, “Human Rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Global Responsibilities, Gender Rights, and Regional Realities.”  

    • October 20 -  Seth Masket’s article “Trump’s 2024 election threat is political blackmail” is available through NBC News.  

    • October 20 – IGLI Summer Institute alumna and former IGLI Practitioner-in-Residence Farida Nabourema was featured in Forbes Magazine’s article “7 African Women Tackling Inequality Invited Into The $50 Million Ford Global Fellowship.” Read about Farida’s work and the prestigious Ford Global Fellowship here. 

    • October 21 – Nadia Kaneva gave the keynote lecture, “Simulation Nations: Hypermediation and the Remaking of the National” at the University of Oslo’s closing conference for the project “Nordic Branding – the Politics of Exceptionalism.” 

    • October 24 – Alvin Camba’s latest article, “Chinese Capital as a Cultural Object: Self-Identification and Filipino-Chinese Discourses on Sinicization, Brokerage, and Distinction,” was released by Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives. 

    • October 24 – Alvin Camba contributed two chapters to “The Rise of the Infrastructure State: How U.S.-China Rivalry Shapes Politics and Place Worldwide”(ed. Seth Schindler and Jessica DiCarlo). His chapters are: “Elite Responses to U.S.-China Competition: Infrastructure and Military Modernization in Duterte’s Philippines” (with Jerik Cruz and Guani Lim) and “Indonesia: The Infrastructure State Hedging Amongst Rivals” (with Angela Tritto and Mary Silaban) 

    • October 25 – Hilary Matfess’s co-authored article “Opportunistic Repression: Civilian Targeting by the State in Response to COVID-19" (with Don Grasse, Mel Pavlik, and Travis Curtice) was released by International Security. An analysis of the article was featured by The World (public radio program) and you can read it here. 

    • October 26 – Cullen Hendrix moderated “Everything on the Table: Changing Climate, Changing Livelihoods.” This event was presented by the Institute for Science & Policy at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Environmental Sustainability Initiative at Korbel, and the Colorado State University Systems’ new Spur Campus, International Agriculture Program. 

    • October 27 - Oliver Kaplan was a featured speaker at the Global Protection Cluster’s Global Protection Forum (GPF) panel session on “Engagement with Armed Actors: Exploring Modalities for Community-Led Negotiations for Protection and Access” hosted by Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children Sweden. The session explored the concept of civilian agency in armed conflict, civilian self-protection, and the modality of negotiations with armed actors as a self-protection strategy. You can watch the recording here. 

    • October 29 – Cullen Hendrix was among nearly 300 signatories to a letter just published in Science calling on the World Trade Organization to develop remedies to combat global fishing subsidies, which are threatening the sustainability of our global oceans. 

    • October 29 – Oliver Kaplan and Jonathan Moyer’s article and calculations were cited by the U.N. Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Under-Secretary-General Martin Griffiths. You can read the article here. 

    • October - Tricia Olsen was selected to serve on the Governance Committee of the Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, an active organization of 350 BHR scholars from across 200 institutions worldwide. Congratulations, Tricia! 

  • September 2021
    • September 1 – IGLI Practitioner-in-Residence Nanjala Nyabola was announced as the Director of the Advox Project at Global Voices. In this role, Nanjala will guide editorial reporting, research, activism, and advocacy on online freedom of expression and digital rights. Read more about the announcement here. 

    • September 2 – Deborah Avant joined the technical committee that will be revisiting the ASIS Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations – Requirements with Guidance Standard.  

    • September 2 – Alvin Camba received a William & Flora Hewlett Foundation sub grant to work on the “Rising Ambitions” project. The project seeks to document, assess, and eventually project the effectiveness of climate change and decarbonization policies by countries in the global south. It’s a big, million dollar (approximately) grant that targets 20 plus countries in the global south. In collaboration with the Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University, particularly by Kelly Sims Gallagher and Amy Myers Jaffe, Alvin will work on the climate policies of the Philippines and Malaysia. In the next couple of years, Alvin will be conducting the first two steps with support from Korbel students, particularly creating a climate inventory policy and interviewing policy makers in both countries on which policies are most effective. Apart from publishing, the data will be collected to create a computer simulation on the effectiveness of climate policies at the country level. Congratulations, Alvin!  

    • September 2 – Alvin Camba’s article “The unintended consequences of national regulations: Large-scale-small-scale relations in Philippine and Indonesian nickel mining” is available through Resources Policy. You can read the full article here. 

    • September 3 – The Network of Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University, Japan just announced the 2022 NERPS Hiroshima International Conference on Peace and Sustainability. Learn more about submissions, deadlines, and benefits of attending on the website or ask Cullen Hendrix if you have any questions. 

    • September 9 – Seth Masket hosted the virtual panel “The Texas Abortion Ruling: What it Means for Rights Beyond Texas’ Borders” through the Center on American Politics (CAP) at the Scrivner Institute. You can watch a recording of the event here. 

    • September 11 – Deborah Avant was quoted in U.S. News and World Report in the article “The Long Reaching Human Toll of Sept. 11 by the Numbers.”  

    • September 11 – Seth Masket appeared on Conversation Six Podcast. He discussed Liz Cheney’s ouster, The GOP’s illiberal turn, and the challenge of discussing all this with students and reporters. You can listen to the 6 minute podcast here.  

    • September 11 – Seth Masket was interviewed for the Colorado Public Radio podcast Purplish. You can listen to the full episode, “Competition vs. commonalities,” here. 

    • September 14 – Deborah Avant, Naazneen Barma, Andrea Stanton, and Sié Fellow Alum Kyleanne Hunter joined David Goldfischer and Dean Fritz Mayer for a conversation on “Making Sense of Afghanistan.” You can watch the recording of the event here.    

    • September 15 – Cullen Hendrix was quoted in the Bloomberg article “Priciest Food Since 1970s is a Big Challenge for Governments.” You can read the full article here.   

    • September 17 – Naazneen Barma wrote the introduction for HDiplo ISSF’s Roundtable 13-1 on “An Open World: How American Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First Century-Order” by Rebecca Lissner and Mira Rapp Hooper. You can read the entire roundtable here. 

    • September 21 – Danielle Gilbert, participant in this year’s virtual Responsible Public Engagement Institute, received the Merze Tate Award from APSA, which honors the best doctoral dissertation in the field of international relations, law, and politics. Dani’s dissertation, "The Logic of Coercive Kidnapping" is the first systematic study of ransom kidnappings in contexts of ongoing conflict. 

    • September 21 – PhD student Sinduja Raja published “Protests as Ecosystems of Care: Reimagining the Future Through Protests in India” for the American Sociology Association's blog for the Peace, War, and Social Conflict section. You can read the full post here

    • September 24 – Rachel Epstein interviewed Dean Fritz Mayer for the first #FacultyFriday of the school year.  You can watch the recording here. 

    • September 24 – Former post-doctoral fellow, Nelly Isigi Kadagi received the Emerging Scientist Award from Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association. Isigi was recognized for her scientific excellence and her innovative approach in research, her international and regional eminence, and her remarkable track record in mentoring and guiding other emerging scientists in the WIO region and diffusing knowledge across borders. 

    • September 27 – Nadia Kaneva’s article “Nation Branding in the Post-Communist World: Assessing the Field of Critical Research” is available online in Nationalities Papers from Cambridge University Press. You can read the full article here. 

    • September 29 – Former Sié Fellow and PhD student Jonathan Pinckney released a co-authored Peaceworks Report for the United States Institute of Peace. You can read the full report, “Precarity and Power: Reflections on Women and Youth in Nonviolent Action” here. 

    • September 30 – Alvin Camba was featured in the latest episode for Belt and Road Podcast. Click here  to listen to the full episode, “How do Chinese firms approach overseas investment risk?” 


  • August 2021
    • August 14 – Alvin Camba was quoted extensively in the article, “Duterte said China pledged billions of dollars to the Philippines. What happened to it?” from South China Morning Post. You can read the full article here. 

    • August 15 – Hilary Matfess’s latest essay, “Despite Cease-Fire in Tigray, No End in Sight for Conflict,” was released by Law Fare Blog. You can read the full essay here .  

    • August 17 – Cullen Hendrix shared his key takeaways from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s climate report in the latest episode of the University of Denver’s RadioEd podcast, “Climate Change: Humanity’s Code Red.” You can listen to the episode and access the transcript here.   

    • August 17 – Naazneen Barma spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss “How Afghanistan Fell to the Taliban so Quickly.” You can listen to the full story here.  

    • August 17 - Cullen Hendrix was quoted in the Bloomberg article “Soaring Cost of Food is Forcing Families to Scrimp at the Dinner Table.” You can read the full article here. 

    • August 18 – Seth Masket discussed how “National political furor finds way into Colorado's local meetings” on Denver 9News. You can watch the full video here. 

    • August 19 – Oliver Kaplan discussed the Spanish version of his book “Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves” as part of the Bogotá International Book Fair.  

    • August 19 – Cullen Hendrix was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article “China Closes U.S. Auditor as Tensions Mount Over Forced Labor Allegations” You can read the full article here. 

    • August 20 – Naazneen Barma participated in “Afghanistan in Context,” an online panel discussion hosted by the Triangle Center for Security Studies at the University of North Carolina.  

    • August 20 – Deborah Avant’s review essay, “America’s Pragmatic Role?” was released by International Studies Review. You can access it here. 

    • August 20 – Naazneen Barma reviewed Severine Autesserre’s book “The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider’s Guide to Changing the World” for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog. You can read the review here. 

    • August 21 – APSIA shared DU’s feature of Marie Berry and her NSF CAREER Award, which was released earlier this summer. If you missed the article the first time, you can now also read it on APSIA’s website here. 

    • August 21 – Hilary Matfess and #FriendofSie Judd Devermont appeared on the podcast Ufahamu Africa: A Weekly Podcast About Life and Politics on the Continent. You can listed to the episode here. 

    • August 24 – Seth Masket was quoted in Ian Prasad Philbrick’s New York Times article, “Where is the Anti-Biden Tea Party?” You can read the full article here.   

    • August 24 - Chuck Aoki, current Korbel PhD student and Sié Center RA and TA, was the flag bearer for Team USA at the Opening Ceremony for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo! Chuck is competing in wheelchair rugby and this is the third time he is participating in the Paralympic Games – he already holds a bronze and silver medal from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio and 2012 Paralympics in London. Chuck and his team made it out of group play 3-0, and they’re facing Australia next to determine if they’ll have a chance to play for gold. For the most up-to-date information, as well as some awesome highlight videos of Chuck from NBC Sports and Team USA, check out Chuck’s Twitter feed here. 

    • August 25 – Deborah Avant  was featured on an episode the podcast The Ancient Art of Modern Warfare. The episode focused on “Mercenary Risk Assessment” and you can listen here.   

    • August 26 -  Naazneen Barma participated in “Afghanistan in Context,” an online panel discussion hosted by the Triangle Center for Security Studies at the University of North Carolina on August 20. If you missed the event, you can watch the full recording here

    • August 30 - Chuck Aoki, current Korbel PhD student and Sié Center RA and TA, is bringing home the silver in wheelchair rugby from the Paralympic Games in Tokyo! As you might remember from last week, Chuck was the flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies and this was his third time participating in the Paralympic Games.  Check out Chuck’s Twitter feed here for some awesome highlight videos. 

    • August 30  - Seth Masket was quoted in Oyin Adedoyin’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Complaints of Muzzled Republicans are Behind New Laws. But Liberals Feel Stifled, Too.” 

    • August 30 – Seth Masket was quoted in Jesse Pauls’ article in the Colorado Sun,“Colorado Republicans want to win over unaffiliated voters in 2022. Can they do it if their base is still focused on 2020?” 

    • August 30  - Korbel news recently featured Chen Reis’s “Environment & Crises” course and how it inspired students to create a podcast episode on the impact of climate change in Bangladesh. 

    • August 31 – Andrea Stanton’s article “Situating Radio in the Soundscape of Mandate Palestine” was released by the Jerusalem Quarterly from the Institute for Palestine Studies. You can read the full article here.


  • July 2021
    • July 15 – Alvin Camba was quoted in Sofia Tomacruz and Jairo Bolledo’s article, “Duterte and the West Philippine Sea: A strategy of failed compromises” in Rappler. You can read the article here. 

    • July 21 – Alvin Camba was quoted in Sofia Tomacruz and Ralf Rivas’s article, “How Duterte’s love affair with China shaped the PH economy” in Rappler. You can read the article here. 

    • July – Ilene Grabel published “Enabling a Permissive Multilateralisms Approach to Global Macroeconomic Governance to Support Feminist Plans for Sustainability and Social Justice,” UN Women Think Piece, Feminist Ideas for a Post-COVID-19 World, No. 5, July 2021. UN Women is releasing a set of commissioned think pieces published in UN Women’s Feminist Ideas for a Post-Covid-19 World series. This series features short think pieces by leading researchers on social and economic policy issues to inform the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The think pieces were commissioned to inform a UN Women project, Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice, led by the Research and Data team. 

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  • February 2021

    The Importance of Being (Pragmatically) Earnest
    February 8, 2021

    Duck of Minerva - When engaging with policy audiences and organizations, how can one be truthful when telling the whole truth may be counterproductive?

    Ilene Grabel appointment
    February 8, 2021

    Ilene Grabel was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Review of Political Economy.

    Deborah Avant and Naazneen Barma moderate panel
    February 8, 2021

    Deborah Avant and Naazneen Barma moderated a panel discussion on the foreign policy landscape facing the new Biden Administration. The event was jointly hosted by the Scrivner Institute and the Sié Center. Panelists included: Leslie Vinjamuri, Director, U.S. and the Americas Programme & Dean, Queen Elizabeth II Academy, Chatham House; Heather Hurlburt, Director, New Models of Policy Change at New America; Michael O’Hanlon, Director of Research – Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution.

    The COVID-19 Crisis, the IMF, and the Case for a New Permissive Multilateralism
    February 5, 2021

    Ilene Grabel spoke on a panel, “The COVID-19 Crisis, the IMF, and the Case for a New Permissive Multilateralism,” at the webinar on “A New IMF and Recovery form the Pandemic,” sponsored by the Review of Keynesian Economics and International Development Economics Associates.

  • January 2021

    Accountability Is the Cure for an Ailing Democracy
    January 20, 2021

    Tricia Olsen was quoted in “Accountability is the Cure for an Ailing Democracy” in The New Republic.

    Inauguration Day: What can the Biden administration hope to achieve?
    January 20, 2021

    Naazneen Barma co-moderated “Inauguration Day: What can the Biden administration hope to achieve?” The event was presented by The Scrivner Institute of Public Policy and the Center on American Politics.

    Gov. Polis addresses threats regarding Colorado Capitol
    January 15, 2021

    Deborah Avant appeared on Denver FOX 31 to discuss potential violence around the Inauguration at the Colorado Capitol.

    Q&A: Politics and Ethics in Business
    January 14, 2021

    Tricia Olsen was featured in the Daniels College of Business Blog.

    The specter of irreparable ignorance: counterfactuals and causality in economics
    January 8, 2021

    Review of Evolutionary Political Economy - Those economists who have emphasized true uncertainty have tended to draw an epistemic distinction between an ascertainable past and an unknowable future. But in one critical respect—in extracting causal relationships—that epistemic distinction is not warranted. Whether they are situated in the past or future, causal arguments in economics depend equally on counterfactual reasoning. Counterfactualizing entails the construction of fictitious narratives—narratives about worlds that do not exist. Unfortunately, there is no dependable method for ascertaining the uniquely correct counterfactual. This implies that causal claims in economics, too, are irreducibly fictitious. The chief value of counterfactuals, then, is not to prove causation but to help scholars and practitioners confront an inscrutable world—to imagine and prepare for unknowable possible futures. In this endeavor, economic pluralism, which expands the range of plausible counterfactuals, is to be taken as a virtue rather than a curse.

    "Superstitions and Civilian Displacement: Evidence from the Colombian Conflict” project selected for funding
    January 8, 2021

    Oliver Kaplan's project on "Superstitions and Civilian Displacement: Evidence from the Colombian Conflict” was selected for funding by the World Bank, UNHCR, and DFID program on “Preventing social conflict and promoting social cohesion in forced displacement contexts.”

    Professor Avant Named President-elect of the International Studies Association
    January 6, 2021

    Deborah Avant, Ph.D., has been named the President-elect of the International Studies Association (ISA) effective April 2021. Professor Avant is director and chair of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

    On Inconvenient Findings
    January 5, 2021

    Duck of Minerva - What happens when research findings challenge the work that policy makers are invested in promoting?

    In recent years, a strong, ongoing initiative to “Bridge the Gap” between academic research and policy makers has gained salience in academic circles. For several years now, and with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and other funders, scholars of international affairs have doubled down on efforts to write for public audiences, engage with various actors in policy processes, and even work to revise tenure and promotion standards to increase the value of policy-relevant work. Through the Women’s Rights After War project and other work, we have been eager participants in these efforts. We view engaged scholarship as part of our commitment to democratizing knowledge more generally.

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