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2013 Sié Center News

Sié Center to Cosponsor Online Workshop on Training Private Military and Security Companies

October 24, 2013

The Sié Center, together with the Initiative for Human Rights in Business at American University Washington College of Law, INSSA, and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Sanremo will host a series of interactive webinars exploring the requirements and methods for delivering essential training relating to the operations of private military and security companies. The first webinar in the series will be held November 1. Read More >>


Professor Chenoweth to Speak at the World Summit of Nobel Laureates in Warsaw

October 16, 2013

Next week, Professor Erica Chenoweth will speak at the World Summit of Nobel Laureates in Warsaw, Poland. The Summit is an annual event in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders and organizations from around the world. Professor Chenoweth will present on "Why Civil Resistance Works: The Future of Nonviolent Resistance." Read More >>


Chenoweth's Research on Protest Movements Appears in The Economist

September 28, 2013

Research conducted by Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan on nonviolent and violent resistance campaigns is discussed in an article in The Economist. The article, titled "The weapon of choice," focuses on lessons-learned from studying protests and violence to effect political change. Read More >>


GATE Data Project Discussed in Washington Post's Wonkblog

September 11, 2013

In a post on the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, the Washington Post Wonkblog reviewed studies on the effectiveness of government counterterrorism polices, calling the Government Actions in Terror Environments (GATE) data project led by Erica Chenoweth and Laura Dugan (Univ. of Maryland) a "promising project." Read More >>


Professor Chenoweth Mentioned in Denver's 5280 Magazine

September 7, 2013

Professor Erica Chenoweth and John Sie, founder of the Sié Center, were named in Denver's 5280 Magazine as among Colorado's "high profile transplants," new residents who are helping to reshape the state's reputation. Read More >>


Professor Chenoweth's Research Cited in the New York Times

August 27, 2013

In his op-ed about the ideas behind the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, New York Times columnist David Brooks cites research by Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan. Chenoweth and Stephan found that from 1900 to 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts in achieving their stated goals. Read More >>


Erica Chenoweth to Speak at TEDxBoulder

August 27, 2013

On September 21, Professor Erica Chenoweth will be speaking at TEDxBoulder held on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. Boulder has the largest Tedx in the world, with over 2200 people in the audience. Read More >>


"Why Sit-Ins Succeed or Fail: Without a Broader Strategy, Pro-Morsi Encampments are Unlikely to Work" by Erica Chenoweth in Foreign Affairs

August 13, 2013

By deciding to hold mass sit-ins across Egypt, the pro-Morsi protesters were making use of a time-honored tactic of civil resistance. But tactics are the not the same as a strategy and, in this case, would not likely promote the very things that allow protests movements to succeed: diverse participation, the avoidance of repression, and the defection of regime loyalists. Read More >>


Chinese Executive Media Management Program Fellows visit the Sié Center

July 23, 2013

On July 23, 2012, the 2013 Cohort of the Chinese Executive Media Management Program (CEMMP) met with John Sie, Dean Christopher Hill, and a number of Sie Fellows at Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Read More >>


DU Professor says private companies supply government with secret information

June 26, 2013

In the wake of news that the U.S. government conducts confidential surveillance of American's phone and internet use, Professor Deborah Avant spoke to Denver 9 News on how the government contracts this monitoring to private companies. Read More >>


Professor Deborah Avant Receives Honorary Degree

May 28, 2013

On May 25, 2013, Professor Deborah Avant, Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy and Director of the Sié Center, received an honorary degree from the University of St. Gallen. The university honored her outstanding research in the field of international security as well as her contributions toward the establishment of national and international standards for the regulation of private military and security companies. Read More >>


Special Issue of The Journal of Peace Research Explores Nonviolent Resistance

May 16, 2013

Today, The Journal of Peace and Research released a special issue on nonviolent resistance that seeks to advance scholarship and understanding of the use of nonviolent strategies and their relationship to the use of violence. The issue, edited by Erica Chenoweth and Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham, features new theoretical and empirical explorations of the causes and consequences of nonviolent resistance with a particular focus on the power of civilians to affect conflict processes. Read More >>


Major General Buster Howes, Defense Attaché at the British Embassy in Washington, speaks to students at the Sié Center

May 14, 2013

Major General Buster Howes, the Defense Attaché at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., offered his perspective, as a British soldier, on the current state of U.S. defense. Howes spoke on a number of topics including hot-button issues like the budget sequester and Syria. Read More >>


GATE Database Project Receives Support from the Government of Canada

May 9, 2013

Today, Vic Toews, the Canadian Minister of Public Safety, met with researchers and Air India victims' families to announce the successful recipients of the third round of funding from the Kanishka Project, worth over $1.7 million. The Kanishka Project is a multi-year investment from the Government of Canada in terrorism-focused research. Among the 11 projects receiving funding is the GATE Database initiative run by Erica Chenoweth and Laura Dugan. Read More >>


Erica Chenoweth Receives ADVANCE Grant for Work on Counterterrorism

May 7, 2013

Erica Chenoweth, an assistant professor at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies, has received a $20,000 ADVANCE grant, given by the National Science Foundation to promote scholarship by women. Read More >>


Erica Chenoweth Elected Councilor for the Peace Science Society (International)

May 6, 2013

Assistant Professor Erica Chenoweth was selected as one of eight councilors for the Peace Science Society (International). Chenoweth, who was elected by the organization's membership, will serve a four-year term. As a councilor, she will assist in the supervision of the PSS(I), an independent, nonprofit organization that encourages the development of peace analysis and conflict management. Read More >>


NAVCO Dataset is Available for Download

May 6, 2013

The Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) 2.0 dataset has been released 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. Download Data >>


"Statebuilding" by Timothy Sisk is Released

May 1, 2013

"Statebuilding" by Professor Timothy Sisk was published by Polity Press. In this book, Sisk explores international efforts to help the world's most fragile post-civil war countries today build viable states that can provide for security and deliver the basic services essential for development. Read More >>


Oliver Kaplan: "Land for Peace in Colombia: The Key to Ending Bogotá's War With the FARC"

April 15, 2013

Professor Oliver Kaplan co-authored an essay titled "Land for Peace in Colombia: The Key to Ending Bogotá's War With the FARC" in Foreign Affairs. Even as Colombian troops fight FARC rebels in the jungle, the two sides are busy negotiating a peace deal. Land reform could pave the way to a lasting settlement and drive down the country's inequality in the process. Read More >>


Erica Chenoweth Receives the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order

April 11, 2013

Today in Louisville, Professor Erica Chenoweth received the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Erica Chenoweth, an assistant professor at the Korbel School of International Studies, and Maria Stephan, a lead foreign affairs officer with the U.S. State Department, earned the prize for the ideas set forth in their book, "Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Non-Violent Conflict." Columbia University Press published the book in 2011. Watch Video >>


Erica Chenoweth Discusses Book Project with The Chronicle of Higher Education

April 5, 2013 

Professor Erica Chenoweth discussed her forthcoming book "Why Democracy Encourages Terrorism" with the Chronicle of Higher Ed. The idea behind her book is this: Democracy allows interest groups and political parties to flourish, which then leads to competition. Among those groups that feel most marginalized in the ensuing din, some take extreme measures in the pursuit of attention. In other words, the conventional wisdom that democracy is the antidote to terrorism—because it provides outlets for people's grievances—is completely wrong. Read More >>


Political Violence @ a Glance wins Award

April 5, 2013

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Assistant Professor Erica Chenoweth and University of San Diego Professor Barbara Walter won the 2013 Outstanding Achievement in International Studies Blogging Award for Most Promising New Blog. Read More >>


Sié Center Hosts Panels on "Lessons from the Iraq War, 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." Read More >>


Professor Tim Sisk Publishes Edited Volume on Statebuilding

March 20, 2013

Josef Korbel School Professor and Associate Dean of Research Timothy Sisk's edited volume Routledge Handbook of International Statebuilding, a compilation of analyses on the statebuilding regime written by leading scholars, was released. Read More >>


Ambassador Patricia Haslach visits Sié Chéou-Kang Center

March 04, 2013

On Monday, Ambassador Patricia, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations visited the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. Read More >>


Deborah Avant Publishes op-ed, "Where are the socially responsible companies in the arms industry?"

February 13, 2013

In an op-ed for the GlobalPost, Deborah Avant discusses what a socially responsible company in the arms industry might look like and why a company might want to enact such behavior Read more >>


Oliver Kaplan Discusses how Communities use Nonviolent Strategies to Avoid Civil War Violence

January 30, 2013

As part of the Academic Webinar Series by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, Oliver Kaplan discussed how communities from around the world have used nonviolent strategies to avoid perpetuating civil war violence. Read more >>


U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies Visits the Sié Center

January 18, 2013

As part of the Public Diplomacy Speaker Series hosted by the Sié Chéou-Kang Center, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies spoke to students, staff and faculty on issues including human rights in North Korea, multilateral diplomacy and nuclear non-proliferation. Read more >>


U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns Visits the Sié Center

January 9, 2013

The Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy welcomed U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns to the Korbel School of International Studies on January 9 to speak to students, faculty and staff at a number of small and large gatherings. Burns, career ambassador, holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, and became deputy secretary of state in July 2011. Read more >>


Sié Fellow Ying Hui Tng Publishes Article on China's Interest in Sudan

January 7, 2013

In an article on Al Jazeera Online, Sié Fellow Ying Hui Tng discusses China's interest in Sudan, arguing that China "needs both countries," as South Sudan has the oil, and Sudan has the pipelines and refining equipment. Read more >>

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Erica Chenoweth wins the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order

November 27, 2012

Erica Chenoweth, assistant professor at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and director of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research at the Korbel School's Sié Center, was awarded the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Read more >>


"Academic Minute" Podcast Features Chenoweth Discussing the Success of Nonviolent Resistance Movements

November 6, 2012

In today's Academic Minute, the University of Denver's Erica Chenoweth explores the success rates of both violent and nonviolent resistance movements. Chenoweth is an assistant professor at Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and co-author of "Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict." Read more >>


Government Actions in a Terror Environment-Israel (GATE-Israel) Dataset is Released

November 1, 2012

Korbel School Professor Erica Chenoweth and Professor Laura Dugan from the University of Maryland released The Government Actions in a Terror Environment-Israel (GATE-Israel) Dataset, information they collected that provides insight into the effectiveness of government counterterrorism strategies. Read more >>


Oliver Kaplan Publishes op-ed in New York Times, "Columbia's Rebels and Land Reform"

October 9, 2012

Colombia's stubborn insurgencies are creeping out of the jungle and to the negotiating table. Against the backdrop of recent intense fighting, the government of Colombia and the largest insurgent group that seeks to topple it—the FARC—have agreed to begin negotiations to end the nearly 50-year old conflict. Read more >>


Chenoweth Writes Article for CNN on Why Civil Resistance Trumps Violent Uprisings

September 19, 2012

In an op-ed for CNN, Erica Chenoweth, assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and director of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center, discusses why nonviolent resistance can often be more than twice as successful as its violent counterpart, even in the face of brutal regime repression. Read more >>


Former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Visits the Sié Center

September 17, 2012

Cameron Munter, the former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, was welcomed by the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. The ambassador spent the day with students and faculty discussing their research projects as well his 28-year career of service, which includes tours in Pakistan, Iraq, Serbia and Germany. Read more >>


Dr. Avant discusses the Private Security Monitor project with the Maritime Security Review

September 6, 2012

Professor Deborah Avant spoke with the Maritime Security Review, an online source of maritime security information, about the Private Security Monitor Web portal, a research project that promotes access to information concerning the world-wide use and regulation of private military and security services. Read more >>


Sié Fellow Ying Hui Tng Publishes Article on China-Japan Island Dispute on Al Jazeera Online

August 31, 2012

Tng Ying Hui, Sié fellow and graduate student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, published an interesting article in Al Jazeera Online on the recently reignited row over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. The islands, called the Diaoyu Islands in China and Senkaku Islands in Japan, have long been claimed by both countries. Read more >>


Sié Fellow David Mayen Writes op-ed in Denver Post

August 23, 2012

David Mayen, a recent graduate of the Korbel School and alum of the School's Sié Fellow Program, appeared as a guest commentator in today's Denver PostRead more >>


Erica Chenoweth Weighs in on New York Times Debate: What Makes Protest Effective?

August 21, 2012

The latest Room for Debate series in the New York Times features a number of scholars and writers discussing what it is, exactly, that makes protests effective. Erica Chenoweth—assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and coauthor of "Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict"—contributed "Creative Nonviolence Can Defeat Repression," an article addressing the techniques that have made protests most effective in toppling repressive regimes throughout history. Read more >>


Erica Chenoweth Receives the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

August 14, 2012

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has selected Korbel School Professor Erica Chenoweth and her co-author Maria J. Stephan of the U.S. State Department as the recipients of the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for their book "Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict" (Columbia University Press). The Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award is given annually for the best book on government, politics or international affairs published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year. Read more >>


Private Security Monitor Web Portal Launches

August 13, 2012

The Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver's Korbel School, in partnership with the Geneva-based Center for Democrtic Control of Armed Forces, (DCAF) has created an online Web portal containing all publicly available information on global private military and security services. The Web portal, called the Private Security Monitor, provides an annotated guide to publicly available regulation, data, reports, and analysis of private military and security services. Read more >>


Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace Merges with the Sié Center

August 10, 2012

Dean Christopher Hill announced the outcome of a review of research at the Josef Korbel School, which sees the erstwhile Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace (SDIP) at Korbel integrated into the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. Read more >>


Erica Chenoweth Publishes Study: "Conciliatory Tactics More Effective Than Punishment in Reducing Terrorism"

August 1, 2012

Policies that reward abstinence from terrorism are more successful in reducing such acts of violence than tactics that aim to punish terrorists, suggests a new study in the August issue of the American Sociological Review. Read more >>