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"DIVISIVENESS AND VIOLENCE IN THE U.S.: A Denver Dialogue for the Students, Faculty, and Staff of the Korbel School"

Monday, September 19, 2016
Maglione Hall, fifth floor, Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex

This unique Denver Dialogue is intended as an internal discussion for the students, faculty, and staff of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. This event will serve to foster thoughtful and inclusive engagement around how we interact with each other, with our community, and in politics at the national or global levels – particularly in the wake of violence. The University of Denver's initiative to examine the role of the university in responding to tragedy presents an opportunity to team with the University of Denver's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and begin a discussion that both draws on our ongoing research but also reflects on how our own actions and understandings can foster more inclusive and productive interactions.


"Obama's Legacy in the Middle East - Lessons for the Next President" A Korbel Panel Discussion co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Maglione Hall, fifth floor, Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex

This panel discussion will feature Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Erica Chenoweth, Professor of International Studies and Associate Dean for Research at the Korbel School, Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of International Studies at the Korbel School, and Tom Farer, Professor and former Dean of the Korbel School. The four will have an open conversation on the topic followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Lunch will be provided. There is no formal RSVP for this event.


Andrew Price-SmithEpidemic of Fear: the Ebola epidemic, Political Psychology and International Security
Andrew Price-Smith

January 26, 2016
12:15pm,  Sié 150

Professor Andrew Price-Smith argues that much of the economic and political dislocation generated by the Ebola epidemic of 2014-15 was generated by fear, and that fear induced destabilization is frequently more destructive than the actual morbidity and mortality generated by a given illness. Using the lens of political psychology, Price-Smith analyzes the epidemic through the application of affective states, the availability heuristic, and probability neglect. He also examines the intense securitization of the epidemic (quarantine and cordons sanitaires) and the corresponding rioting by affected populations, all largely as a product of fear. Price-Smith concludes that the epidemic constituted a threat to international security (as per two UNSC resolutions), but not in the conventional manner prevalent among most scholars of the discipline.

This event was co-sponsored with the Certificate Program in Global Health Affairs.


Enver HoxhajPublic Diplomacy Speaker Series: 

A Conversation with Dean Christopher Hill and Dr. Enver Hoxhaj, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Parliamant of Kosovo and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo

November 10, 2015

This event was co-sponsored with the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence.



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.


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


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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.


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 >>