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The Josef Korbel School's renowned faculty and alumni are highly sought by media to comment on current events.

November 2014

What Next for the Lwili Revolution? (11/18/2014)

Op-Ed by PhD Student Jonathan Pinckney


ISIS Online Recruitment: 3 Colorado Teenage Girls A Textbook Case (11/11/2014)

"What it really demonstrates is the tremendous power of social media," Jonathan Adelman, a professor at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies said, according to the Denver Post.


China's Long Road to Superpower Status (11/10/2014)

Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman


Many Obstacles in China's Way (11/7/2014)

More importantly, a key challenge is in how China manages to assuage its neighbours' suspicions that have become more pronounced since 2001, said University of Denver analyst Zhao Suisheng.


Report Says Evans Should be Held Responsible for His Part in the Sand Creek Massacre (11/3/2014)

Although the recommendations are robust, they will always fall short, said Alan Gilbert, the John Evans professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.


Global Dispatches: Episode 39 Featuring Erica Chenoweth (11/3/2014)

Erica Chenoweth is a pioneering academic whose groundbreaking research on the strategic use of non-violence showed that movements that use non-violent tactics when fighting for the overthrow of a regime are twice as likely to succeed as movements that use violence as a tactic.

October 2014

The Real Bibi (10/31/2014)

Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman


Fighting Ebola: A New Case for U.S. Engagement with Cuba (10/28/2014)

Op-Ed by PhD Candidate Arturo Lopez-Levy


Despite Specter of Nuclear Iran, ZOA’s Featured Speaker Sees Positives in Israel’s Future (10/22/14)

Jonathan Adelman is reminded of the words of Charles Dickens these days when he thinks about Israel: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” 


Iran Media, Activists Criticize Turkey's Kobani Stance (10/20/14)

Nader Hashemi, a professor and head of the Middle Eastern studies department at the University of Denver, told Al-Monitor the red line that exists for journalists in Iran has resulted in the similarity that we are witnessing among different groups and factions.


Ebola: A Symptom of Economic Inequality (10/16/2014)

Op-Ed by Lecturer Rob Prince


Steven Heydemann on the Evolution & Sectarianization of the Syrian Conflict (10/13/2014)

Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, speaks with Steven Heydemann, Vice President of Applied Research on Conflict at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington.


The hype about the Syrian conflict (10/9/2014)

Last Wednesday, a good friend of mine and I loaded up the car and drove to the University of Denver to hear a panel discussion regarding ISIS, The Syrian Conflict, and the Future of the Middle East. Let me tell you- this event was awesome, but it made me realize how little my knowledge about matters like these are. In I strolled, thinking, “Oh, yeah, I listen to NPR, I watch the news. What else is there to know?” Apparently… A lot.


Condoleezza Rice, 2014 Recipient, West Point’s Thayer Award (10/7/2014)

For the first time in its 56-year history, the Sylvanus Thayer Award will be presented to a female recipient for a second year in a row. Condoleezza Rice will receive the award on October 6, 2014, while the Honorable Madeleine K. Albright received it in 2013. Interestingly, this is not the only distinction these recipients share. Of course both served as U.S. Secretary of State, but not so known is the fact that Albright’s father, Josef Korbel, taught Rice political science as an undergrad at the University of Denver and reportedly sparked her interested in international relations.


Managing a global military/security profession… some of it private (10/6/2014)

Op-Ed by Professor Deborah Avant


Econogenic harm, economists, and the tragedy of economics (10/6/2014)

Op-Ed by Professor George DeMartino


Rice to receive award at West Point (10/6/2014)

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gestures while participating in a keynote conversation with former Ambassador to Iraq and current Dean of the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies Christopher Hill, during the annual Korbel Dinner, in Denver, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Rice is an alumna of the University of Denver, where the Korbel School is currently celebrating its 50-year anniversary.


An expert explains how Hong Kong's protesters could actually win (10/2/2014)

"It's like a 50/50 chance if they do everything right," Erica Chenoweth, a professor of political science at the University of Denver, told me.


The Demonization Of American Capitalism (10/2/2014)

Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman


The Sand Creek Massacre Is a Textbook Lesson in What Happens When History Is Rewritten (10/1/2014)

On September 22, the day that the road up Mount Evans closed for the season, I drove along Evans Avenue to the University of Denver, where the Native American Law Students Association had invited Albert [Alan] Gilbert, the John Evans professor with the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, to discuss "Sand Creek Massacre: Colorado's History of Settler Violence" and talk about the "long process of healing as we approach the 150th anniversary of the massacre."

September 2014

Foresight provides the long-term vision needed to create public policies (9/30/2014)

The meeting aims to consolidate a network of professionals and organizations dedicated to studying future global trends and their implications for public policy in the region. Ten experts are participating in the plenary sessions, among them William Halal, Professor Emeritus of Management, Technology and Innovation at George Washington University; Moonjung Choi, Director General of the Office of Strategic Foresight at Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP); Barry B. Hughes, Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver; and Catarina Tully, Director of the School for International Futures, United Kingdom.


Understanding Middle East and the Rise of the Islamic State (9/29/2014)

Dr. Nader Hashemi is an Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He also heads the university’s Centre for Middle East Studies. His most recent book is “Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy,” and he is in Malaysia as a guest for a symposium organized by the Islamic Renaissance Front on that subject. He gives us an historical perspective on what has led to the state of affairs in the Middle East today


South Africa Faces Water Crisis (9/29/2014)

The African Futures project at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is a partnership between the ISS and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver. The International Futures (IFs) forecasting software from the Pardee Center is used to model and provide a forecast for water supply and demand out to 2035 for the agriculture, industrial and municipal sectors.


New interpretation of apostasy needed for modern times, says Muslim scholar (9/28/14)

Professor Dr Nader Hashemi said for the mainstream interpretation of Islam, apostasy was considered to be a severe offence and punishable by death.


Western countries more Islamic than Muslim-majority nations, says scholar (9/27/2014)

Director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, Professor Dr Nader Hashemi, went further to say that Canada was more Islamic than the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) member countries.


Carnegie Awards $5 Million for Academic, International Policy Programs (9/26/2014)

Grant recipients include Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs("Launching a global hub for research and consultation on cyber policy"); Syracuse University'sMaxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ("Creating a multi-institutional consortium and network of policy-relevant scholars"); Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy("Developing strategies for enhancing legitimacy in fragile states"); the University of Denver’sJosef Korbel School of International Studies ("Researching the peacebuilding role of non-violent, non-state actors"); and the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies("Targeting urgent international security issues through collaboration").


Anna and John Sie, DigitalGlobe’s Jeffrey Tarr honored at University of Denver Korbel Dinner (9/26/2014)

An appearance by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wasn’t the only highlight of the University of Denver’s annual Korbel Dinner; the event also included the presentation of two prestigious awards.


Groundbreaking ceremony celebrates new building for Josef Korbel School (9/24/2014)

The University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies began a new era Tuesday with the ceremonial groundbreaking on the Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex — a new campus building made possible by a $17 million donation from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation.


Your next NFL commissioner: DU alum Condoleezza Rice? (9/23/2014)

The National Football League is in a serious stew, as my DBJ colleague, Coach Heather Draper, reported over the weekend. Who ya gonna call? One name that's being bandied about is that of University of Denver alumna and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


Carnegie Corporation of New York Awards $5 Million to Universities for Innovative Programs Linking Academia and Policy (9/23/2014)

The Corporation sought ideas with an emphasis on face-to-face interaction among practitioners, academics, and students. It also gave special consideration to university programs that take into account policymaking experience when hiring, and that are revising tenure and promotion rules to create incentives for faculty to participate in policy work. After external review, the Corporation selected APSIA members from five universities. Each will receive a grant of one million dollars over the course of two years.

  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs: Launching a global hub for research and consultation on cyber policy.
  • Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs: Creating a multi-institutional consortium and network of policy-relevant scholars.
  • Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy: Developing strategies for enhancing legitimacy in fragile states.
  • University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies: Researching the peacebuilding role of nonviolent, non-state actors.

Condoleezza Rice talks Broncos, NFL — and foreign policy — in Denver (9/22/2014)

In a far-reaching conversation Monday night that ranged from Russia to the Middle East to immigration reform, former U.S. Secretary of State and University of Denver graduate Condoleezza Rice also offered her opinion on matters of great local import: the Denver Broncos.


Emad Shahin on Egypt’s Failed Democratic Transition (9/18/2014)

Denver University Center for Middle East Studies Associate Director sits down with renowned Egyptian political Scientist Emad Shahin, now a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, to discuss Egypt’s failed democratic transition and the reassertion of militarism and dictatorship.


A suggestion for the House Benghazi committee: Let’s talk about private military contractors (9/17/2014)

As for the private security contractors who served the CIA in Benghazi, and whose comrades continue to serve in clandestine roles in an unknown number of other locations, “Nobody keeps track of them on a global basis,” said Deborah Avant, director of the Sié Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver, which monitors private security contractors.


Condoleezza Rice to speak at University of Denver event (9/3/2014)

DENVER - Dr. Condoleezza Rice will be the keynote at this year's Josef Korbel School of International Studies Korbel Dinner on Monday, Sept. 22.


Humala's Right Hand Turn in Peru - Analysis (9/3/2014)

Article by Lecturer Lynn Holland

August 2014

US Journalist Held in Syria Freed (8/25/14)

Jonathan Adelman, [professor] at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies, said there are a couple of ways the Curtis release is tied to the August 19 video of Foley's execution.

July 2014

Nader Hashemi on Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet (aka the Gulen Movement)(Part I) (7/8/2014)

Video: http://youtu.be/vYITtao9Mjg


US did not try to stop the repression in the 1970s (7/27/2014)

Thirty five years ago, professor Tom Farer, as a member of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC), arrived in the country to report the crimes that the last Argentine dictatorship was perpetrating. Now he visited Buenos Aires City to deliver a lecture at the Di Tella University and he met the Herald at the hotel where he was staying.


The Meaning of July Fourth (7/3/2014)

We commemorate the upcoming 4th of July weekend with a discussion on what American Independence Day means to different people in this country. You will hear a passage from Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” interpreted by actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes, and then Keith is joined on the panel by: Dr. Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and author of Black Patriots and Loyalists

June 2014

Vincent Harding Remembered (6/24/2014)

Article by Professor Alan Gilbert


Colombia Calls a Draw in the War on Drugs (6/13/2014)

Op-Ed by Assistant Professor Oliver Kaplan


Rape survivor flees civil war in Myanmar (6/12/2014)

Includes interview with Assistant Professor Oliver Kaplan


Remembering Some History About Jews and Palestinians (6/12/2014)

Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman


Don't Confuse Me With the Facts: Costs of Lethal Autonomous Weapons (6/11/2014)

Blog post by Lecturer Heather Roff Perkins


Students reflect on the Tiananmen Square crackdown on 25th anniversary (6/10/2014)

On his recent trip to Beijing, Suisheng Zhao, a professor of Chinese politics at the University of Denver, says he asked about 10 Chinese students and adults about the crackdown in an informal survey. To his surprise, he says most were well aware of the events of June 4. But the younger generation, he says, seemed to care very little about it. Zhao adds that students in China today are generally not politically active, and instead are more concerned with economic welfare.


DU wins Defense Department grant to predict the sociopolitical future (6/10/2014)

What if it were possible to predict the next Arab Spring? The next Ukrainian revolution? Researchers at the Pardee Center for International Futures in the School of International Studies at the University of Denver might be able to do just that in several years.


How 'rogue' is China's aid? (6/10/2014)

Op-Ed by Assistant Professor Cullen Hendrix and Marcus Nolan


Weak authoritarian regimes suggest the post-cold war era is over (6/9/2014)

Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman


Colorado's African immigrants step up politically on Neguse candidacy (6/3/2014)

Political activity among African immigrants is a new but strong trend, said Peter Van Arsdale, a cultural anthropologist and author who directs the African Initiative at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.


For Many Of China's Youth, June 4 May As Well Be Just Another Day (6/1/2014)

"That's the only value shared by the government and its critics after Tiananmen Square," says Suisheng Zhao, a professor at the University of Denver, director of its Center for China-U.S. Cooperation and author of a book on modern Chinese nationalism.

May 2014

May 2014

A Nonviolent Alternative for Ukraine (5/28/2014)

Op-Ed by Associate Professor Erica Chenoweth and Stephen Zunes


Syria and the Arab Spring: An Interview With Gilbert Achcar (5/23/2014)

Interview by Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies Danny Postel


U.S. debates as Syria suffers (5/22/2014)

Last fall, President Obama was talking about bombing Syria but backed down under pressure. The American peace movement celebrated. Danny Postel, associate director of the Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) at the University of Denver, told me he had mixed feelings. He was against the proposed military strike on Syria but "didn't share the jubilation."


Madeleine Albright says Dickinson College graduates have skills to tackle world's problems (5/18/2014)

Born in Prague, her family fled their native Czechoslovakia when she was a toddler, and the country was being invaded by the Nazis. Her father, Josef Korbel, had been a Czech diplomat, and the family eventually settled in Colorado, where her father was a professor at the University of Denver.


The Boko Haram kidnappings are just part of a much larger problem (5/19/2014)

Op-Ed by MA Candidate Lauren Jekowsky and Assistant Professor Oliver Kaplan


Iran Pays Afghans to Fight for Assad (5/15/2014)

"Iran wants to play a command and control role in Syria and with the Afghan refugees, they are purchasing mercenaries to do the fighting for them," said Nader Hashemi, director of the center for Middle East Studies at University of Denver, and an expert on Iran and Syria.


Why Syria Matters (5/14/2014)

Op-Ed by Associate Professor Nader Hashemi


A Peace Mediator bows out as Syria's Military Solution Prevails (5/14/2014)

"It highlights the fact that the international community ... has failed colossally in trying to bring about a diplomatic resolution to this conflict," said Nader Hashemi, a Syria expert at Denver University. "It was clear that Assad had no interest and no incentive to negotiate anything."


Has the Civil War in Syria Reached a Tipping Point? (5/13/2014)

Q&A with Associate Professor Nader Hashemi


Egypt's elections: More of the same? (5/5/2014)

Op-Ed by Center for Middle East Studies visiting scholar, Mohamad Elmasry


Nobody wants Ukraine. Even Russia just wants slivers (5/2/2014)

Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman

April 2014

April 2014

Yohannes takes ambassador post at top global policy group (4/27/2014)

"The OECD is a big international research organization that has a lot of impact on public policy," said Martin Rhodes, associate dean of the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. "It is an important position."


The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW) (4/23/2014)

Book review by Professor Jonathan Adelman


Sies make $17 million gift to University of Denver (4/22/2014)

Colorado philanthropists Anna and John J. Sie have given $17 million to the University of Denver that will fund the construction of a 43,000-square-foot building for the university's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.


Riot Gear: How Protesters Around the World Suit Up (4/18/2014)

"I also think that there is a perception that wearing armor or carrying light weapons makes the protestors look more credible and forceful," Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, told Mashable via email.


Food prices and social unrest (4/14/2014)

Podcast that includes an interview with Assistant Professor Cullen Hendrix


Putin's world: The view from Moscow (4/14/2014)

Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman


A Revolution Marches on Its Stomach (4/8/2014)

This idea isn't exactly new. "We've known since the times of the Roman poet Juvenal"—he of bread and circuses fame—"that food is an inherently political commodity," says Cullen Hendrix, a political scientist at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Relations and a leading authority on the relationship between food and conflict.


Milestone: P.C. professors earn awards (4/8/2014)

Lauer is an International Studies professor at Peninsula College. She came to Peninsula College upon the completion of her Ph.D. in International Relations from the Graduate School of International Studies (now Josef Korbel School of International Studies) at the University of Denver.


Violent Versus Nonviolent Revolutions: Which Way Wins? (4/7/2014)

During her training as a political scientist, Erica Chenoweth was taught to assume that the most effective tool for achieving political goals is violence. After all, no evil dictator is going to give up his autocratic power without a fight, and throughout history, there have been numerous examples of tyrannical governments viciously crushing their opposition.


Five must-know career tips from the books of highly successful women (4/4/2014)

Another person she [Condoleezza Rice] credited with guiding her career is Josef Korbel – who also happens to be the father of another former US secretary of state, Madeleine Albright.

In her book she examines the role of Korbel, and other inspiring mentors she's had throughout her life who have guided her life and career since she was a college student. She imparts a fundamental lesson that while all women can benefit from mentors, such mentors don't necessarily have to be other women.


Nationally known expert on Middle East will speak at Roxborough Library (4/3/2014)

University of Denver assistant professor Nader Hashemi jokes that all of four people used to hear his radio program during his stint at a college radio station in Ottawa. But today, Hashemi's audience extends far beyond his radio days. His growing media presence includes both local news outlets as well as national platforms such "The PBS NewsHour," Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal.


The Most Powerful People In Denver (4/2014)

33. DANIEL RITCHIE | Chairman and CEO, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (25)

ritchieThe venerable arts and education patron is still one of the most respected names in town. As chancellor emeritus at the University of Denver, Daniel Ritchie's enjoyed the emergence of its Josef Korbel School of International Studies, whose masters program was ranked 11th in the world in 2012, ahead of such household-name schools as Yale, Stanford, Oxford, MIT, and others. And as chairman and CEO of the DCPA, he's long led the organization's transformation into a nationally recognized performing arts center.


Sisi's speech: Reading between the lines (4/1/2014)

Op-Ed by Center for Middle East visiting scholar Mohamad Elmasry

March 2014

March 2014

Can China's ambitious new urbanization plan succeed? (3/26/2014)

But analysts say that, for all its challenges, now is the time China's for leadership to mobilize their new urbanization campaign. The program will "make economic growth more efficient and... the Chinese economy more balanced," said Suisheng Zhao, professor at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation.


Heraldo Muñoz asume como Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores y Edgardo Riveros como Subsecretario

Heraldo Muñoz Valenzuela asumió como nuevo Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile, durante la ceremonia de Transmisión del Mando Presidencial que se desarrolló en el Salón de Honor del Congreso Nacional y en la que Michelle Bachelet asumió como Mandataria para el período 2014-2018.


Community Office for Resource Efficiency is at the CORE of local energy conservation (3/19/2014)

For Mona Newton, executive director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE, helping Roaring Fork Valley residents reduce energy use in their homes and businesses is more than just a job. Newton has been in the clean energy field for a quarter of a century. When she was in graduate school at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, she read "Soft Energy Paths: Towards a Durable Peace" by energy guru Amory Lovins and was hooked. "I'm one of the converted," she said.


Distinguished US scholar gives guest lecture: US-China relations (3/19/2014)

These and other important questions were addressed in a guest lecture given by an eminent US scholar, Professor Sam Zhao, at the Liverpool Screen School in Redmonds Building.


Q & A about Russia, Ukraine, Crimea and the U.S. (3/19/2014)

9NEWS interviewed University of Denver professor Jonathan Adelman about the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis, including Russia's annexation today of Crimea. Adelman is a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at DU.


Cold War's Tensions Unmatched in Putin's Ukraine Fight (3/17/2014)

"The days of the mighty Soviet Union are long since gone," Jonathan Adelman, a professor at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, said in a phone interview. "Putin knows all that. This is not the Cold War, nor are they Nazi Germany."


Malarial mosquitoes flying higher (3/15/2014)

But Amir Siraj of the University of Denver in Colorado in the US and colleagues in the UK and Ethiopia report in the journal Science that they've started to consider the effect of climate change on the spread of the disease.


Egypt's campaign of elimination: pro-June 30 analysts and the quantitative rationalization for Egypt's coup (3/11/2014)

Essay by Center for Middle East Studies visiting scholar Mohamad Hamas Elmasry


Climate Change Austerity Return Authoritarianism (3/6/2014)

C-SPAN's broadcast of a Josef Korbel School event featuring Dean Christopher Hill and Associate Professor Erica Chenoweth


Ciruli: Coloradans support immigration reform, oil pipeline (3/5/2014)

Op-ed by Adjunct Professor Floyd Ciruli


Who is Vladimir Putin? Russian president goes from cold warrior to conqueror (3/4/2014)

Op-ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman


Unapologetic Non-Interventionism (3/3/2014)

A review of The Syria Dilemma edited by Associate Professor Nader Hashemi (also the director of the Center for Middle East Studies) and associate director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Danny Postel.


Caught between the two Sudans 3/1/2014

Whether the international community was naïve or simply burned out on African crises, this brand-new nation, left to its own devices, began to flounder. "It has to have time for it to develop its civil society," said Peter Van Arsdale, director of African Initiatives at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Affairs. "You can't just install democracy. It takes time to unfold."

February 2014

February 2014

Obama warns Russia of 'costs' in Ukraine (2/28/2014)

Assistant Professor Oliver Kaplan interviewed for a local news segment on Ukraine


Why U.S. should care about Syria crisis (2/20/2014)

Op-ed by Associate Professor Nader Hashemi


Could John Kerry's Peace Mission In The Middle East Succeed? Unlikely But Possible (2/20/2014)

Op-ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman


P5+1 and Iran agree on nuclear negotiation framework in Vienna 2/20/2014

(CNN) -- Six world powers and Iran have reached a deal on the framework for comprehensive negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday.


Iran's Zarif upbeat as nuclear talks enter second day 2/19/2014

"We have a shared objective, and that is for Iran to have a nuclear programme that is exclusively peaceful," he said from Vienna in a webcast discussion with Denver University's Center for Middle East Studies. He said a deal was "totally achievable" but would ...


Republican Guards warning as Iran nuclear talks press on 2/19/2014‎

The six-month deal expires on July 20 but can be extended, with the parties aiming to conclude negotiations and implement the final "comprehensive" deal by November. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late Tuesday that the talks had "started on the right track". "We have a shared objective, and that is for Iran to have a nuclear programme that is exclusively peaceful," he said from Vienna in a webcast discussion with Denver University's Center for Middle East Studies. He said a deal was "totally ...


Iran FM Speaking to UofDenver 2/19/2014

Clip from BBC Persian


Zarif Slams US Politics on Iran: What Happned Has Been Less than Encouraging 2/19/2014

... a single overriding fact, and that is that we have no other option. "If we want to resolve this issue the only way is through negotiations," he said, speaking from Vienna in a webcast discussion organised by Denver University's Center for Middle East Studies.


Iran's Foreign Minister Sounds Glum About Nuke Talks Over Skype 2/18/2014

"I think we cannot negotiate unless we are optimistic," Zarif said in a live Skype video conference with the University of Denver, where he earned both master's and doctorate degrees in international studies in the 1980s. "But we need to be realistic.


Iran 'greatly concerned' by US sanctions talk: Zarif 2/18/2014

"If we want to resolve this issue the only way is through negotiations," he said, speaking from Vienna in a webcast discussion organised by Denver University's Center for Middle East Studies. US President Barack Obama has had to fight hard to stop sceptical ...


Iranian Official Blames Senate's Sanctions Threats for Hurting Nuclear Negotiations 2/18/2014

"From an Iranian perspective ... what has happened in the last two months has been less than encouraging," Zarif said, speaking at a University of Denver event via webcast from Vienna. Zarif met with Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy ...


Nuclear Talks With Iran Start Slowly 2/18/2014‎

Iran's chief negotiator, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaking via Skype to a University of Denver symposium, said that the talks "started on the right track" and that "we have a shared objective, and that is for Iran to have a nuclear program that is ...


Syria at the Edge of "Shock Doctrine" (2/15/2014)

Op-ed by Lecturer Rob Prince


Use Force to Save Starving Syrians (2/10/2014)

Op-ed by Associate Professor Nader Hashemi and the associate director of the Center for Middle East Studies Danny Postel


Why skiing is a counter-terrorism policy (2/7/2014)

Op-ed by Assistant Professor Oliver Kaplan


Putin's big gamble on Sochi (2/4/2014)

Op-ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman

January 2014

January 2014

The TPP and the Chamber of Secrets (1/15/2014)

Op-ed by lecturer Lynn Holland


The Waning of the Islamic Tide in the Middle East: Just Maybe (1/14/2014)

Blog post by Professor Jonathan Adelman


2013: Dealing A Blow To Islamic Fundamentalism In The Middle East (1/2/2014 )

Op-ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman


From the Editors: January/February 2014 (1/1/2014)

Fadel first presented the ideas for his essay last September at the University of Denver's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and began the debate with Micheline Ishay there. We are grateful to the Center's Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel for bringing this work to our attention.

2013

December 2013

Foreign Policy Magazine's Leading Global Thinkers - Erica Chenoweth: For Proving Ghandi Right (12/2013)

Erica Chenoweth wants to show the world that civil resistance is an effective change agent. When she published Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict with Maria Stephan in 2011, NATO was pummeling Muammar al-Qaddafi's forces in support of Libya's warring rebels while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was shooting peaceful protesters in the streets of Hama. Comparing the rebels and protesters, Chenoweth wrote in FOREIGN POLICY, "Arguing in favor of the Syrians' tactics, and against the Libyans', would seem counterintuitive—but for the evidence."


The Syria Dilemma (12/19/2013)

Nader Hashemi, Director of the University of Denver's Center for Middle East Studies, talks about the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria, which  as been going on for close to three years now.


Post-handshake, Cuba embargo debate heats up again (12/17/2013)

"It is well proven that economic liberalization creates space for political liberalization," Arturo Lopez Levy, a lecturer and doctoral candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, told CBS News.


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.

November 2013

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?

October 2013

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.

September 2013

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

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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