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Josef Korbel School faculty and students alike are at the forefront of research on a range of twenty-first century global issues.

Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures

Professor Barry Hughes, Associate Professor Dale Rothman, and Adjunct Professor Sarah Glaser received a grant from the Social Science Foundation to complete a project titled "Expanding fisheries in the International Futures model at the Pardee Center."

Rebecca Galemba

Lecturer Rebecca Galemba co-authored an article in the 33rd volume of The Applied Anthropologist, titled "Development Across Learning Boundaries: Student Collaborations with a Grassroots NGO in Mexico and Guatemala." 

Sarah Glaser

Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist Sarah Glaser delivered an invited seminar titled "Regime shifts, fisheries, and predicting the future: the role of chaotic dynamics in marine ecosystems" at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA on March 24, 2014.

Nader Hashemi

Nader Hashemi, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, has recently published two new articles.

Dr. Hashemi wrote the lead essay in the Spring 2014 issue of the Cairo Review on Global Affairs, entitled "Why Syria Matters: The Moral Imperative of Bringing Down the House of Al Assad."

"Rethinking Political Legitimacy across the Islam-West Divide" was published in the May/June 2014 40th volume of Philosophy and Social Criticism.

Dr. Hashemi also delivered a lecture titled "Is Hassan Rouhani an Iranian Gorbachev? An Assessment of the Islamic Republic after the Interim Nuclear Deal" on May 7, 2014 at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Lynn Holland

Lecturer Lynn Holland published three new articles in 2014.

"The Politics of Deportation and the restrictionist movement in the post-9/11 era" appeared in the Contemporary Justice Review on May 13, 2014.

"The Lower Aguán in Honduras and the Deadly Battle Over Land Rights" appeared of the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs' Ethics Online column on May 6, 2014, and is accessible online at

"NAFTA on a Grander Scale: The TPP and the Chamber of Secrets" appeared on Counterpunch on January 15, 2014.  It is accessible online at

Dr. Holland also presented as part of a panel on "Land Rights and Conflict in Central America: Reviving Revolutionary Ideologies" on January 30, 2014 at the Josef Korbel School. The panel featured speakers from across the University of Denver community and was sponsored by the Latin America Studies Association, a Korbel student organization.

Timothy Sisk

On April 9, 2014, Professor Timothy Sisk gave a lecture as a distinguished alumnus at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of there BA program in International Studies, titled "International Studies as Vocation: Then and Now."

Professor Sisk also recently published an article, "Elections in the Wake of War: Turning Point to Peace?," in the 25th volume of Accord: An International Journal of Peace Initiatives. The article can be accessed online via Conciliation Resources.

In January 2014, the Josef Korbel School co-sponsored a major conference with the United Nations Development Program, "Shaping the State through the Social Contract in Conflict-affected Countries," an expert and practitioner meeting with 80 participants held in Glen Cove, New York. Professor Sisk gave a presentation in the opening plenary panel of the event on "Social Cohesion in Fragile States: Findings from a Seven-country Comparative Assessment." Doctoral students Fletcher Cox and Catherine Orsborn also participated in the event.

Peter Van Arsdale

Peter Van Arsdale, Adjunct Professor and Director of Africa Initiatives, was recently recognized for the 40th anniversary of his co-discovery of a group of previously uncontacted tribesmen in the heartland of New Guinea.

Professor Van Arsdale was also recently elected to the Arvada West (Colorado) Hall of Fame and was elected chair of the International Rotary District 5450 Water and Sanitation Service Resource Committee.

Szyliowicz in Turkey

Professor Emeritus 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' 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).

Illegal Anthropology

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.

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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 protected]

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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.

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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?"

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