Gregory, Oren Discuss Peace in the Middle East
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren and NBC's David Gregory discuss the Middle East.
A peaceful Middle East without border disputes or nuclear threats seems impossible to achieve. But it isn't, said Israel's Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren during the "Meet The Press at SIS" event April 29. Watch their discussion here.
Nobel Prize-Winner Discusses Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Dr. Thomas Schelling participated in a Dean's Discussion April 25.
Abhorrence of nuclear weapons has been effective in preventing their use for almost seven decades. This, according to Thomas Schelling, is a "partial success" in the search for peace that can be partly attributed to John F. Kennedy's policies. Read more.
Professor Uncovers Link Between Fuel and Force
"The countries that have a lot of oil are the ones that are going to start the conflict," said Colgan at his launch April 22. "That got me thinking."
Professor Jeff Colgan launched his book Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War April 22, and revealed connections between oil states and their propensity toward violence.
An Alumnus' Labor of Love
Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris chats with Stephen Embry, SIS/BA '71, on April 26.
"Things are changeable, and a single person acting can make a change," said Stephen Embry, SIS/BA '71. Read More.
SIS Expands Undergraduate Research Opportunities
SIS students participated in the National Conference for Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in April.
"One of our key aims this year was to expand the breadth and the depth of undergraduate research in the overall SIS undergraduate experience," SIS Professor Aaron Boesenecker said. Read More.
International Relations Online Masters Cohort Launched
SIS International Online Master's Program brings AU to the world and the world to AU on May 6 for first cohort students. Read More.
2013 Commencement Photos
SIS celebrated its graduates on Sunday, May 12.
Click here to see more photos and watch parts of the ceremony.
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Professors Rachel Sullivan Robinson, Anthony Wanis-St. John and Susan Shepler have been recommended by the Provost to the AU Board of Trustees for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.
Architect William McDonough, whose firm designed the SIS building, signed his newest book for Associate Dean for Graduate Enrollment Management and Program Development Leeanne Dunsmore after speaking on sustainability and abundance as part of AU's celebration of Earth Day April 22.
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Robert Groshan, SIS/MA '82, passed away on Apr. 6.
Christopher Holben, SIS/BA '83, was recently profiled in the Sacramento Business Journal
Daniel Lopez, SIS/BA '91, CAS/MA '95, has recently joined the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs as a Foreign Service Specialist/Regional English Language Officer.
Sandra Tvarian Stevens, SIS/BA '94, WCL/JD '97, was named one of D.C.'s "Rising Stars" for Insurance Coverage for 2013 by Super Lawyers magazine. Stevens, a partner with the Washington, D.C., law firm Wiley Rein LLP, represents clients in complex litigation in federal and state courts and in arbitration and mediation proceedings. She is the chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee for the Defense Research Institute for 2012-2014 and a past chair of the ADR Committee of the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Stevens was recently named to the American Arbitration Association's National Roster of Neutral Arbitrators and serves as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. She lives with her husband and children in Virginia.
Kevin Hagan, SIS/MA '97, appeared on the cover of the April 23 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Kayla Yang-Best, SIS/MA '97, has been named education director at the Bush Foundation.
Suzanne Hunt, SIS/MA '04, spoke at Keuka College Apr. 25 on renewable fuels.
Amanda Mazzoni, SIS/BA '10, received her law degree from the Southwestern School of Law.
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Professor Celeste Wallander: Interviewed in "Kerry's Visit to Russia a Chance to Talk Syria, Mend Fences," NPR, May 6.
Professors Carole Gallaher and Dan Schneider: Opinion piece, "Obama, Peña Nieto Must Save a Vital Part of Effort to Fight Drug Trafficking," The Christian Science Monitor, May 2.
Professor Jeff Bachman: Opinion piece, "Violations of Laws of War are War Crimes," The Hill's Congress Blog, April 24.
Professor Gary Weaver: Interviewed in "Cultural-Sensitivity Soldiers Save Diplomats, Corporate Titans from Themselves," The Washington Post, April 23.
Dean James Goldgeier: Interviewed in "Shrinking Europe Military Spending Stirs Concern," The New York Times, April 22.
Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies Professor Akbar Ahmed: Interviewed in "Suspects With Foot in 2 Worlds, Perhaps Echoing Plots of Past," The New York Times, April 20.
Professor Kristin Smith Diwan: Opinion Piece, "The Politics of Transgression in Kuwait," Foreign Policy, April 19.
To see more SIS media appearances, please visit our SIS in the Media page.
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Professor Jordan Tama has been offered a Residential Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the 2013-2014 academic year. He will continue his current research on U.S. congressional bipartisanship on foreign affairs, with hopes of better understanding the conditions that enable bipartisanship, variation in bipartisanship across issue areas, and the impact of growing polarization in Congress on efforts to forge bipartisan coalitions.
Professor Derrick L. Cogburn will receive the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Collaborate at the 2013 Blackboard World Conference in Las Vegas in July.
Professor Robin Broad traveled to El Salvador from May 9 - 13 as part of an international delegation of NGO representatives, academics, journalists and grassroots activists to investigate a high-stakes conflict between the small state and powerful multinational mining companies.
Professor Philip Brenner spoke on "Political and Socio-Economic Change: Latin American Revolutions and Their Implications" at the 24th Annual Strategy Conference held at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., on April 10.
Professor Adam Diamond recently published "Treadmill Acceleration and Deceleration: Conflicting Dynamics Within the Organic Milk Commodity Chain" in Organization and Environment.
Professor Judith Shapiro spoke at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars China Environment Forum about the Green Revolution in China April 30. Shapiro drew on her book, China's Environmental Challenges, to talk about civil society and environmental justice trends in China, with a focus on the role of media and investigative journalism.
Professor Amitav Acharya participated in the panel discussion "The Future of Constructivist Research in International Relations" at The University of Oxford (England) April 30. On April 26, he spoke at the Transworld conference in London, titled "The Transatlantic Relationship: Still Leaders in a Changing World?" Professor Shoon Murray also attended.
Professor Quansheng Zhao spoke on a panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, at a Brookings-CSIS seminar on China-Taiwan-United States Relations April 23. The panel, "Cross Strait Political Security Issues," can be found here.
Professor Robert Pastor introduced President Jimmy Carter during the Inaugural Robert and Margaret Pastor Lecture in International Affairs at Lafayette College (Pa.) April 22. Watch the event here.
Professor Guy Ziv published "Simple vs. Complex Learning Revisited: Israeli Prime Ministers and the Question of a Palestinian State," in April 2013's Foreign Policy Analysis.
The following professors have been named as thematic area coordinators in the newly revised undergraduate curriculum: Benjamin Jensen (Peace, Global Security and Conflict Resolution); Manuel Suarez-Mier (The Global Economy); Elizabeth Cohn (Foreign Policy and National Security); Eve Bratman (Global Inequality and Development); Sikina Jinnah (Environmental Sustainability and Global Health); Clarence Lusane (Identity, Race, Gender, Culture); Cathy Schneider (Justice, Ethics and Human Rights) and Carl LeVan (Global and Comparative Governance).
Professor Tazreena Sajjad spoke at the City of the University of New York's May 2 event, "Understanding Shahbag: Bangladesh at a Crossroads."
Dean Emeritus Louis Goodman has been named to the Academic Advisory Council of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Scholars Program, which will support 200 students annually for a one-year master's degree program at Tsinghua University (China).
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SIS will continue its Third Thursday Film Series with the German film "David Wants to Fly" Thursday, May 16, with a reception at 6 p.m. and the screening at 6:30 p.m. in the Wechsler Theater in Mary Graydon Center. The event is free and open to the public; to RSVP, click here.
The Deans' Happy Hour on Tuesday, May 21 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at The Brixton (901 U Street, NW, Washington, D.C.) will feature AU's academic leadership, including SIS Dean James Goldgeier. The event is open to alumni and costs $10, which includes a drink ticket and appetizers. To RSVP, click here.
To see the complete list of SIS events, click here.
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