The Josef Korbel School's renowned faculty and alumni are highly sought by media to comment on current events.
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."
Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman
Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Nader Hashemi discusses the ongoing situation in Syria.
"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]."
"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."
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.
Blog post by Lecturer Heather Roff Perkins
Guest column by Floyd Ciruli, member of the SSF Board and adjunct faculty.
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.
"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.
Op-Ed by Professor Jonathan Adelman.
Op-Ed by Assistant Professor Oliver Kaplan.
Blog post by Assistant Professor Cullen Hendrix
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.
Op-Ed by Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies Nader Hashemi
Blog post by Assistant Professor Oliver Kaplan.
"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.
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?
Article by Erica Chenoweth
Post by Josef Korbel School alumnus Asgar Qadri
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.
"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.
Blog post by Erica Chenoweth
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.
This is a guest post from Heather Roff-Perkins, a visiting assistant professor at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School.
"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.
Op-Ed co-authored by Josef Korbel School PhD candidate Arturo Lopez Levy
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."
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.
Interview with Nader Hashemi.
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.
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.
Presentation by Dr. Roff at CRUSER Robo-Ethics Continuing Education Series (RECES).
Blog post by Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Professor Cullen Hendrix joins the program to discuss Chinese investment in food production in other middle income and developing countries.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"It was a brilliant tactical move" for Russia, said Jonathan Adelman, professor at the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies. READ MORE