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

May 21, 2015
Ballroom, Fritz Knoebel Hospitality School's Joy Burns Center
Lunch will be provided.

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Please join us for a public discussion with Maria Stephan, co-editor of the new book Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? This timely book explains why the world is experiencing a global democratic recession and how civil resistance movements can effectively combat authoritarian regimes. Maria Stephan is a practitioner-in-residence with the Sié Center and 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.

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


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Past Events 

ISA logoInternational 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 >>