Robots Lactate! Humanoid Robots Make Their Debut (12/12/2013)
Blog post by Lecturer Heather Roff Perkins
Senate should support stronger sanctions legislation against Iran (12/11/2013)
Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman
No clear solution to ending Syria's civil war (12/4/2013)
Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Nader Hashemi discusses the ongoing situation in Syria.
Syria chemical arms deal strengthens Al Qaeda's influence in region (12/4/2013)
"The situation has gone from bad to worse," said Nader Hashemi, director of the Center of Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. "The country is spinning out of control, [the] popular uprising that began nonviolently ... and Assad now after this chemical weapons deal that he struck with the United States and Russia has now strengthened [him]."
Some observers skeptical about upcoming Syria peace conference (12/3/2013)
"The moral case to do something about the human rights catastrophe in Syria is easy to make," said panelist Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, emphasizing "the need to alleviate human suffering, the need to respond to this orgy of violence that has been unfolding before our eyes over the last two and a half years."
Colorado in a Post-AIDS World
Op-Ed co-authored by adjunct faculty member Dr. Benjamin Young.
16 Days: Rogue Stats (12/1/2013)
Blog post by Associate Clinical Professor Chen Reis.
Debating Killer Robots (11/30/2013)
Blog post by Lecturer Heather Roff Perkins
Expert on politics remembers clearly where he was on fateful day (11/29/2013)
Guest column by Floyd Ciruli, member of the SSF Board and adjunct faculty.
Foreign Entanglements (11/27/2013)
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob speaks with Erica [Chenoweth] about the effectiveness of non-violent protest. Erica works through the logic of why non-violence often proves a better practical choice than violent resistance, while Rob wonders why so many movements nevertheless resort to violence.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, key to deal with U.S., educated in Denver (11/25/2013)
"This is a serious step in the right direction in terms of a triumph of diplomacy, in terms of reducing tensions in the region, in terms of possibly leading to a diplomatic relationship with Iran somewhere down the line," said Nader Hashemi, an associate professor of Middle East and Islamic politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Why The U.S. Remains The World's Unchallenged Superpower (11/24/2013)
Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman.
Can Colombia build on its democratic opening? (11/19/2013)
Op-Ed by Assistant Professor Oliver Kaplan.
Do Natural Disasters Fuel Unrest? (11/19/2013)
Blog post by Assistant Professor Cullen Hendrix
Puzzled by Syria? (11/19/2013)
It is a perilous enterprise to publish a book on Syria in the midst of such fast changing conditions, but I must note with admiration the small volume entitled The Syria Dilemma that was recently published by the Boston Review series of MIT Press, and edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, respectively the director and assistant director of the new Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver.
A Horizon of Opportunity (11/18/2013)
Op-Ed by Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies Nader Hashemi
Tips on Drones from Colombian Communities (11/14/2013)
Blog post by Assistant Professor Oliver Kaplan.
The perfect place to crush ivory (11/14/2013)
"That's quite a bit of value that the U.S. Government is basically saying 'We don't care, it's got to be stopped," said Rob Uttaro, a professor at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Peaceful protest is much more effective than violence for toppling dictators (11/5/2013)
Political scientist Erica Chenoweth used to believe, as many do, that violence is the most reliable way to get rid of a dictator. History is filled, after all, with coups, rebellions and civil wars. She didn't take public protests or other forms of peaceful resistance very seriously; how could they possible upend a powerful, authoritarian regime?
The Dissident's Toolkit (10/25/2013)
Article by Erica Chenoweth
India-Pakistan Hostility Kills Trade on Kashmir Border (10/23/2013)
Post by Josef Korbel School alumnus Asgar Qadri
How an Ethiopian torturer hid in Denver for 7 years in plain sight (10/20/2013)
Partly, this is their own adaptive attempt to improve things, to mediate and alleviate the tensions," said Peter Van Arsdale, senior lecturer and director of Africa initiatives at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies. Author of "Forced to Flee" and other books on persecution, Van Arsdale formerly ran Colorado evaluations of refugee mental health and co-founded a torture-survivors center in Denver.
Syria: Is There a Solution? (10/2013)
"In my meetings with American policy makers," the Israeli ambassador told The New York Times (quoted in the introduction to this excellent collection of essays, The Syria Dilemma)
Trial of Ethiopian Immigrant Highlights Country's Dark Past (10/17/13)
Then, to learn more about the Red Terror in Ethiopia, Ryan speaks with Peter Van Arsdale, Director of African Initiatives at the University of Denver's Joseph (sic) Korbel School of International Studies.
Mike Ward's Lab Has a New Blog (10/17/13)
Blog post by Erica Chenoweth
"By 2050 Gauteng will be as dense as Bangladesh" (10/17/2013)
Jonathan Moyer of the Joseph (sic) Korbel School of International Studies was addressing a seminar in Pretoria.
Humanitarian Intervention: Destroying Nations to Save Them (10/16/13)
Blog post by Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince.
Robots don't lactate: Humanoid robots, warfighting and gender (10/9/13)
This is a guest post from Heather Roff-Perkins, a visiting assistant professor at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School.
Will Military Drones Soon Be Completely Autonomous? (10/8/13)
"It's one thing to use them in a conventional conflict," where large militaries fight away from dense population zones, "but we tend to fight asymmetric battles. And interventions aren't only military campaigns -- the civilian effects matter," said University of Denver professor Heather Roff.
Obama speaks to Rouhani. Is Raul Castro next? (10/8/13)
Op-Ed co-authored by Josef Korbel School PhD candidate Arturo Lopez Levy
The most secure drones will be able to kill without human controllers (10/8/13)
Heather Roff, a visiting professor at the University of Denver, said many conflicts, such as the civil war in Syria, are too complex for LARs. "It's one thing to use them in a conventional conflict," where large militaries fight away from cities, "but we tend to fight asymmetric battles. And interventions are only military campaigns—the civilian effects matter."
Report: Universal Access to Infrastructure Will Not Be Reached by 2060 (10/7/13)
The world is in the midst of several major transitions in infrastructure. And though countries will likely improve their infrastructure networks substantially in the future, the current path points to millions of people without access to basic infrastructure, even by 2060.
Mideast Diplomacy: Is it Actually Working? (10/4/2013)
Interview with Nader Hashemi.
Hardliners Determined to Undermine 'Historic' Prospect of Peace With Iran (10/4/13)
Now joining us to discuss this is Nader Hashemi. Nader is the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He's the author of Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies.
St. Norbert College Miller Lecture Series to Feature Micheline Ishay (10/2/2013)
Leading political philosopher and historian Micheline Ishay will present the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater of the Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus. The lecture, "Changing Seasons in the Middle East: The Impact on Human Rights," is free and open to the public.
Heather Roff Perkins interview on Alhurra TV (9/30/13)
CRUSER Robo-Ethics Continuing Education Series (RECES) – Heather Roff Perkins (9/29/13)
Presentation by Dr. Roff at CRUSER Robo-Ethics Continuing Education Series (RECES).
Mission Accomplished? Syria, the Anti-War Movement, and the Spirit of Internationalism (9/30/2013)
Blog post by Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies.
The weapon of choice (9/28/2013)
But history suggests that, for most protest movements, violence is counterproductive: those that turn the other cheek, opting for civil disobedience, sit-ins and strikes rather than armed retaliation, tend to do best. Erica Chenoweth of the University of Denver and Maria Stephan of America's State Department analysed protests designed to remove governments, expel occupiers or win secession between 1900 and 2006. From 1960 onwards, they found, "non-violent resistance has become more frequent and more successful, whereas violent campaigns are becoming less frequent and increasingly less successful."
Does international law bar bombing Assad? (9/28/2013)
Tom Farer is an American academic, author and former president of the University of New Mexico. Since ending his tenure at New Mexico in 1986, Farer served as dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver from 1996 to 2010. He is currently a university professor of International Studieds at the Josef Korbel School.
NPS drone debate centers on human vs. machine (9/25/2013)
A heated discussion over the ethical use of drones took place Monday, a few hundred feet from where the latest robot technology is being developed.
The Naval Postgraduate School's Glasgow Hall was transformed into a standoff between two heavyweights in the controversial topic, journalist Joshua Foust and academic Heather M. Roff.
Iranian Experts on Rouhani's U.N. Speech (9/24/2013)
We begin with the meeting that did not happen between President Obama and Iran's President Rouhani at the U.N. because it was apparently vetoed by Iran's Supreme Leader. First Dr. Trita Parsi, the co-founder and president of the National Iranian American Council joins us to discuss the Iranian leader's speech to the U.N., and then we will discuss it further with Nader Hashemi the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver.
The Globalist: Asia (9/24/13)
Assistant Professor Cullen Hendrix joins the program to discuss Chinese investment in food production in other middle income and developing countries.
Worldview: Obama's speech to U.N. and terror continues in Kenya (9/24/13)
President Obama spoke to the UN General Assembly today. Nader Hashemi and Helena Cobban, dissect the speech and his policies for the Mideast. Plus, Anne Sweeney of Heshima, Kenya tells how she thinks the terror attack in Kenya will impact the country's refugees.
What These 21 Amazing Women Were Doing Around Age 25 (9/20/13)
Rice earned her Ph.D. in political science from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver when she was 26 in 1981.
"I think it's really a story of not believing that there were limits of race and gender," Rice said of her success in an interview with TIME magazine.
Syria, savagery, and self-determination: what those against military intervention are missing (9/20/13)
Military intervention, as regrettable and complicated as it may be, is the only way to stop Assad's killing machine. This is what most Syrians are demanding from the international community. If we truly believe in the right to self-determination, then we are morally obligated to listen to them.
The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the Thirty Fourth Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS
The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the thirty Fourth Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS. The 2013 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Miami Book Fair International, in the Auditorium of Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus . . .
[Professor] Alan Gilbert, Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence, University of Chicago
Read Professor Gilbert's acceptance remarks on his blog at http://democratic-individuality.blogspot.com/2013/12/before-columbus-foundation-award-for.html
Crushing the Revolution in the Arab Middle East (9/15/13)
Americans, nurtured by a belief in the virtues of revolution and democracy, have been shocked by the way Bashar Assad and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and their armies have been crushing the revolutionary uprisings in Syria and Egypt. The gradual demise of revolutions in Libya, Iraq, Yemen and even Tunisia reinforces this shock. How is this possible when democracy and revolution are seen as the indisputable totems of progress and modernity? READ MORE
Reading the Stakes in Syria (9/17/13)
In The Syria Dilemma, edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, writers and thinkers including Richard Falk, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Fareed Zakaria, Radwan Ziadeh, Rafif Jouejati and Afra Jalabi offer a range of perspectives about the Syrian conflict and how it might come to an end. READ MORE
The Devil Is in the Details: Where We Are With Syria (9/18/2013)
One week ago the world stood perched, waiting to know whether the United States would carry out limited air strikes on the Assad regime to enforce the international ban on chemical weapons. READ MORE
Iranian Prisoner Release Seen As Harbinger Of Reforms (9/18/2013)
Nader Hashemi, a professor of Middle Eastern politics at the University of Denver, believes Khamenei has given Rohani and his team the green light to work on Iran's foreign relationships; namely, to try and resolve the nuclear issue, as well as to slightly relax the atmosphere inside the country. READ MORE
5280 Magazine: The Migration (September 2013)
Erica Chenoweth – Transplant Cred: The national media loves interviewing this international relations and political violence expert at the University of Denver, who was born in Ohio. READ MORE
Take Part: Occupy Wall Street and the Ideas That Couldn't Be Evicted (9/10/13)
University of Denver Associate Professor Erica Chenoweth has studied more than 100 major nonviolent campaigns from 1900 to 2006, and has found some common factors that contribute to success. READ MORE
Washington Post Wong Blog: Twelve years after 9/11, we still have no idea how to fight terrorism (9/11/13)
The most promising project is the Government Actions in Terror Environments (GATE) database being compiled by the University of Denver's Erica Chenoweth and the University of Maryland's Laura Dugan. READ MORE
Iran Wire: No Obvious, Clear-Cut Answer in Syria: An Interview with Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel (9/11/2013)
As carnage continues to rampage in Syria and Western states ponder their next move on the world stage, Iran Wire thought it urgent to speak to two regional experts who know both Iran and Syria intimately and who have been following events in both countries very closely. Dr. Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, both at the University of Denver's Center for Middle East Studies, recently published their book The Syria Dilemma (MIT Press, 2013), a collection of essays by leading scholars and experts on how to solve the conflict. READ MORE
Syria Intervention? (9/11/13)
Host Steffan Tubbs and a panel of foreign experts explore the crisis in Syria and President Obama's decision to intervene. The discussion explores how to avoid waging war with Syria, while focusing on how to pursue humanitarian efforts. READ MORE
The Monkey Cage: That Op-Ed by Putin: Where Is He Right, and Where Is He Wrong? (9/12/13) (blog post by Erica Chenoweth)
Here's my quick and dirty run-down of Putin's op-ed published in today's New York Times. In some places, I assess whether his statements are accurate in terms of what political science research has said. In other places, I just look at it from a logic perspective. His statements are in quotes, and my responses are below. READ MORE
HuffPost: 6 Women who credit their male mentors with helping them find Success (9/12/13)
5. Condoleezza Rice
Rice took classes with former Czech diplomat Josef Korbel as an undergraduate at the University of Denver. She credited Korbel, who was Madeleine Albright's father, with inspiring her to pursue public service. Rice once described her old professor, who died in 1977, as "one of the most central figures in my life, next to my parents." READ MORE
AP: Russia wants seat back at Middle East table (9/14/13)
"It was a brilliant tactical move" for Russia, said Jonathan Adelman, professor at the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies. READ MORE