Josef Korbel School faculty and students alike are at the forefront of research on a range of twenty-first century global issues.
Joshi Publishes two Articles & Lands on Top 20 Most Read
Assistant Professor Devin Joshi published two new articles in December of 2013.
"MP Transparency, Communication Links and Social Media: A Comparative Assessment of 184 Parliamentary Websites," co-authored with Erica Rosenfield, was published in Journal of Legislative Studies.
"The Uneven Representation of Women in Asian Parliaments: Explaining Variation across the Region", co-authored with Kara Kingma, was published in African and Asian Studies.
Additionally, Dr. Joshi's article, "The Developmental and Protective Varieties of Liberal Democracy: A Difference in Kind or Degree?", published last year in Democratization, has recently become one of the "Top 20 Most Read" articles in the history of that journal.
Szyliowicz in Turkey
Professor Joseph S. Szyliowicz was a key note speaker at the International Congress on Energy Security in the Eastern Mediterranean held in Turkey from December 14-16, 2013. His address explored the possibility of creating a regime for the development of the natural gas fields so as to minimize existing conflicts in the region.
After the Congress he met with a group of scholars at Mersin University who have invited him to participate in a project that uses his published PhD dissertation as the basis for a study of the political changes that have taken place in rural Turkey over the last fifty years. The project also includes translating his book Erdemli: A Case Study in the Political Integration of the Turkish Villager (to which he will add a new chapter discussing the validity of its conclusions) into Turkish and creating a documentary film depicting the changes that have taken place in the specific community that was the research site. During his stay at the university, Professor Szyliowicz was taken to meet the mayor of the municipality that he had studied. He also addressed a large group of faculty and administrators and was interviewed on the radio. That interview was videotaped for future broadcasts.
Bringing Back Transitology & Assessing long-term state fragility in Africa
Professor Timothy Sisk, along with Dr. Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, co-authored an article for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy titled "Bringing Back Transitology: Democratisation in the 21st Century." The article is available on the Geneva Centre for Security Policy website.
Sisk also published a report for the Institute for Security Studies's Monograph series. The report, entitled "Assessing long-term state fragility in Africa: Prospects for 26 'more fragile' countries" and co-authored with Dr. Jackie Calliers, is available online. Read the report (PDF).
Lecturer Rebecca Galemba was featured as co-editor of a journal symposium issue. The issue is called Illegal Anthropology and was published in Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR) in November 2013. In the issue, Dr. Galemba co-authored an introductory piece, as well as published a single-authored piece titled "Illegality and Invisibility at Margins and Borders." Visit PoLAR's website to view the full issue.
Knowing Your Audience
Assistant Professor Cullen Hendrix, along with Wendy H. Wong (University of Toronto), published "Knowing Your Audience: How the Structure of International Relations and Organizational Choices Affect Amnesty International's Advocacy" in the Review of International Organizations. The article combines insights from constructivism and political economy to understand how human rights NGOs balance their competing internal interests in their advocacy campaigns.
Trends and Triggers Redux: Climate Change, Water Scarcity and Interstate Conflict
On October 26, Assistant Professor Cullen Hendrix presented "Trends and Triggers Redux: Climate Change, Water Scarcity and Interstate Conflict" at the at the annual meeting of the Peace Science Society in Knoxville, Tennessee. The paper, co-authored with Colleen Devlin of the Desert Development Center at American University, Cairo, investigates how water affects the prospects for peace and conflict between countries. It informs a recently published Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) policy brief which was co-authored by Josef Korbel School student and Sie Fellow Brittany Franck.
Nudging Armed Groups
Assistant Professor Oliver Kaplan has recently published "Nudging Armed Groups: How Civilians Transmit Norms of Protection" was published in Stability: International Journal of Security and Development. the article explores the varying roles that norms play to either enable or constrain violence in armed conflict settings. Read the article on Stability's website.
The New Normal in Funding University Science
Associate Professor Frank Laird recently published a piece in Issues in Science and Technology, a professional policy journal affiliated with the National Academies. The article, co-authored with Daniel J. Howard, lays out a plan for adjusting to the ongoing limits of U.S. government funding of scientific R&D and the high levels of competitions for grant. It is titled "The New Normal in Funding University Science" and in the fall 2013 issue of the journal.
War as the Key to Unlocking Mass Murder: The Rwanda Genocide Revisited
"War as the Key to Unlocking Mass Murder: The Rwanda Genocide Revisited" by Professor Arthur N. Gilbert and Kristina Hook will be published in the Winter 2013 issue of Air and Space Power Journal" African and Francophonie. The article will be published in both English and French.
This is the first of several articles the authors are preparing on genocide in Africa.
Environment and Security
In March 2013, Assistant Professor Cullen Hendrix delivered a briefing entitled "Environment and Security" to the Next Generation of African Security Sector Leaders program in Washington, DC. The program, which brings together over 40 mid-career security personnel from over 30 African countries, is a three-week program conducted in Washington, D.C., by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) at the National Defense University.
Student Article Published in the 2013 JPIA
Alex Penwill, a 2014 International Organization Administration MA candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, recently published an article in the 2013 Journal of Public and International Affairs titled "H-2A Guestworker Visa Program: Facilitator of Exploitation and Labor Trafficking in the U.S. Ranching Industry." Penwill's studies focus on Latin America, technology and sustainable development, and market-based social enterprises. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Global Justice, Kant and the Responsibility to Protect: A Provisional Duty
Visiting Associate Professor Heather Roff Perkins' book titled Global Justice, Kant and the Responsibility to Protect: A Provisional Duty was recently published.
NAVCO 2.0 Released
The University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies today announced the release of Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) 2.0 dataset for download. The NAVCO project is an attempt to provide researchers with data to understand the causes, dynamics, and outcomes of nonviolent mass campaigns. The project is the first of its kind to systematically explore the sequencing of tactics and their effects on the strategic outcomes of the campaigns, with the 2.0 dataset containing annual data on 250 nonviolent and violent mass movements for regime change, anti-occupation, and secession from 1945 to 2006.
Integrating Diplomacy and Social Media
Over the past decade, social media has become a key form of communications around the globe. This was particularly seen during the Arab Spring of 2010, where protestors used social media to organize. In response to this shift in communications, last summer the Aspen Institute and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies partnered to convene the Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology. Participants, including Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, answered the question "how can the diplomatic realm better utilize new communications technologies?"