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Claudia Paz y Paz Revolution of Justice
Claudia Paz y Paz

October 1, 2015

As Guatemala’s first female Attorney General, Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey prosecuted organized criminals and perpetrators of mass human rights abuses despite threats to her own safety. She was a 2013 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

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Dr. Paz y Paz Bailey was visiting as a practitioner-in-residence, co-sponsored with the Latin America Center.

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Claudia Paz y Paz ~ en Español

October 1, 2015
Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver

A pesar de las amenazas a su propia seguridad, la Dra. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey, primera mujer Procuradora General de Guatemala, procesó criminales organizados y perpetradores de abusos masivos de derechos humanos. Ella fue candidata en el 2013 para el Permio Novel de la Paz. La Dra. Paz y Paz también ha sido miembro del Grupo de Expertos de la Comisión Interamericana sobre los 43 desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa.

Identity and Protest in the Syrian Uprising

Wendy Pearlman

September 23, 2015

As uprisings swept through the Middle East in early 2011, many analysts and Syrians themselves judged Syria to be a "kingdom of silence" immune from the regional tide. How did Syrians nonetheless launch a revolt that continues until this day? Rationalist models of protest cascades hold that a few first movers can encourage others to follow by altering their expectations about the potential effectiveness and risks of dissent. Pulling upon original interviews with Syrian protestors, Pearlman argued that early risers can also impel others to follow by intensifying their awareness of and willingness to act upon the values central to their sense of self. Protestors' stories illustrate that expressing political voice after denying it for years -- or a lifetime -- entails more than merely revealing hidden preferences. It means discovery and fulfilment of an identity that had been subjugated.

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies.


Rhize logo The Revolution Is Not a Protest Movement
Erin Mazursky

August 26, 2015

Studies show that the number of protest movements have increased exponentially over the last decade. But are these movements the Civil Rights, Anti-Apartheid, independence movements of our time? Or are they simply flashes of trending topics on Twitter?

This talk discussed what happens after the protest and if we can really point to these mass mobilizations as a means for structural change. Erin examined historical examples of successful social movements while discussing present-day examples of the inner-workings and struggles of some of today's movements to arrive at Rhize's current approach for supporting movements around the world.

Erin Mazursky is the Founder and Executive Director of Rhize, a new venture that is re-designing and the function and experience of democracy towards more participatory, just and flourishing communities through the innovation of collective action. She is visiting the Sié Center as a practitioner-in-residence with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Dr. Monty MarshallEmotive Content and the Societal-System Dynamics of Protracted Social Conflict
Dr. Monty G. Marshall

July 14, 2015

While armed conflict has continued to diminish across most of the globe since the end of the Cold War and the resulting "peace dividend" has contributed to measurable progress in reducing state fragility, the Middle East and Sahel regions have diverged from the global trends since 2001 and teeter on the brink of unprecedented humanitarian disaster. Dr. Marshall discussed the regional dynamics within the framework of Societal-System Dynamics, which stresses the importance of Emotive Content and System Dynamics in understanding the problem of collective violence in the Era of Globalization. 

Co-sponsored by the Josef Korbel School's Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures.

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Karen Adams Forecasting China's Rise

May 27, 2015

Some say that China will not rise to be a great power and peer of the U.S. for decades. Professor Karen Ruth Adams argued that China rose to great power status this spring and offered predictions about how international relations and international security will change now that we are back to bipolarity.

Karen Ruth Adams is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Montana. She teaches and writes about international relations and human, national, and international security. In 2014, Professor Adams was named a “super forecaster” in the Good Judgment Project, a four-year study of international geopolitical forecasting. She has written and been interviewed about her experience as a female subject matter expert, and she has briefed members of the U.S. defense and intelligence community on her approach to security forecasting. 

Co-sponsored by the Josef Korbel School’s:
Center for China-U.S. Cooperation,
Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, and
Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy

Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? A book launch and discussion with Maria Stephan

May 21, 2015

Maria Stephan, a practitioner-in-residence at the Sié Center, is a senior policy fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. She is co-leading an initiative at the Atlantic Council on how external actors can reverse authoritarianism's recent gains by boosting democracy's prospects. Her new co-edited book Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?  explains why the world is experiencing a global democratic recession and how civil resistance movements can effectively combat authoritarian regimes.

This event was part of the Sié Center initiative to "bridge the gap" between academia and policy supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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International Security Studies Distinguished Scholar Reception

February 20, 2015

The Sié Center was pleased to be among the co-sponsors of the International Security Studies (ISSS) Distinguished Scholar Reception at the 2015 International Studies Association (ISA) conference in New Orleans.

Paul JonesUkraine and Russia: Lessons in Diplomacy and Statecraft

February 23, 2015

The Sié Center hosted Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Paul W. Jones. 

Rewriting Immigration Narratives

January 21, 2015

On January 21, 2015, the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy co-sponsored a community conversation and call to action on family detention and deportation. A panel discussed how dominant and unheard immigration narratives affect individuals and society, and an additional panel moderated by Erica Chenoweth identified ideas for taking action. The discussion was followed by a film screening of Tania Manarca.

The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide: Where  We Stand

October 16, 2014

On October 16, 2014, the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy welcomed Joshua Goldstein, author of Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide to speak to students, faculty and members of the DU community.

Transformational Voices: An Afternoon with Leading Global Thinkers

March 6, 2014

On March 6, 2014, the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy hosted Transformational Voices: An Afternoon with Leading Global Thinkers. The speakers at the engaging afternoon included 6 of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Leading Global Thinkers:

  • Political scientist and Josef Korbel School associate professor, Erica Chenoweth
  • Economics PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Thomas Herndon
  • Economic professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Michael Ash
  • Women's rights activist and founder of the Pakistan-based NGO Aware Girls, Saba Ismail
  • Climate Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Stephanie Herring
  • Documentary Film maker at UTL Productions LLC, Steve Elkins

Throughout the three-session afternoon the speakers discussed a range of today's most pressing topics. These included climate change, economic and political volatility, women's empowerment in the Muslim world, and the ways that technology allows us to document our stories. Read More >>

Timothy Sisk, "The United Nations in Civil Wars: Mandates, Missions, and Minefields"

February 26, 2014

In an event organized and sponsored by the Organization for Security Students, Professor Sisk presented his research on rethinking and reinvigorating the global peacekeeping system. He drew on civil war case studies to explain the UN's impetus for intervention, new horizons in peacekeeping missions, democratization and state-building, and how we can move beyond "exit strategies" and toward more sustainable peace-building and improvements in UN response. 

Sié Fellow Graduation

June 7, 2013

The 2013 class of Sié Fellows  graduated from the Korbel School of International Studies on June 7. Sié Fellows are outstanding master's degree-seeking students from the U.S. and abroad who receive a a two-year, free-tuition scholarship to the Korbel School of International Studies. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the commencement speaker. Read more about the 2013 Sié Fellows and their research interests.

Major General Buster Howes OBE

May 14, 2013

In cooperation with the One Earth Future Foundation, Major General Buster Howes spoke to students and staff on the "Shape of Future Coalitions through a British Prism." Major General Howes is the Defence Attaché at the British Embassy in Washington. The Defence Attaché is responsible for bilateral military and defense relations. His work focuses on operations and contingency planning, defense intelligence, cyber and space, and defense education. Read More >>

Advocating for Civilians in Conflict

April 11, 2013

The Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy welcomed Sarah Holewinski, the Executive Director of CIVIC, or the Center for Civilians in Conflict. The Center advocates for warring parties to be more responsible for civilians before, during, and after armed conflict. Read More >>

Iraq: 10 Years On

April 3, 2013

Over 200 students, professors, and community members from across Colorado filled the Anderson Academic Commons on Wednesday, April 3 for two panel discussions on Lessons from the Iraq War, 10 Years On.

Religion and Violence Speaker Series: Jack Snyder

February 22, 2013

As part of the Religion and Violence Speaker Series, Jack Snyder discussed "Religion in International Relations Theory." Dr. Snyder is a Professor of International Relations at Columbia University, he specializes in democracy, ideology and conflict. Read More >>