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SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG CENTER RESEARCH PROJECT ON ETHICAL APPROACHES TO POLICY ENGAGEMENT AWARDED $500,000 FROM CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK

The award enables the Sié Center, housed at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, to conduct a range of activities aimed at making ethical considerations an integral part of policy-relevant research and engagement in the field of international affairs.



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January 2, 2019 (Denver, CO) - Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded a philanthropic grant of $500,000 to the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for a project titled "Rigor, Relevance, and Responsibility: Promoting Ethical Approaches to Policy Engagement."

As scholars of international relations become more involved in policy debates and actively participate in the policy process, the importance of exploring the ethical dimensions of policy engagement increases. "Academics in the field of international relations find themselves in a difficult moment," says Cullen Hendrix, Director of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center. "Many face mounting pressure and inducements to engage with policymakers, and many are working to facilitate constructive academic-policy engagement. Yet, academics receive little training about the ethical considerations these activities engender. Our program will develop knowledge around, and inform the practice of, responsible engagement so that future generations of academics can engage in the policy world with confidence and clarity. We are grateful to Carnegie Corporation of New York for funding support that will enable us to carry out this important work."

Working alongside two institutions—the Global Research Institute at the College of William & Mary and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs—the team at the Sié Center will also explore the process of and attitudes about scholarly engagement with policy audiences and debates. In doing so, the program will alert academics and policymakers alike to the conditions under which academic engagement works best, while at the same time raising awareness of risks and how to mitigate them.

"The Sié Center has done groundbreaking work on integrating academic debates with real-world decision-making in the policy arena," says Pardis Mahdavi, Acting Dean of the Josef Korbel School. "This project, generously funded with a philanthropic grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, further enhances this marriage of the theoretical and practical, essential for the future of higher education."

"This project is a tremendous contribution to the body of research at the University of Denver, and furthers our aim to model how academia can serve the public realm in meaningful and impactful ways," says Corinne Lengsfeld, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Denver. "We look forward to how it will advance dialogue across academic and policy spheres, and maintain the University of Denver as a leader in these conversations."

"We are pleased to support the Sié Center's earlier work on advancing rigor and relevance in the International Relations field. With the addition of a third 'r'—responsibility—the Center will help fill a widening gap in the academic-policy nexus that has been too often overlooked," says Stephen Del Rosso, Director of the International Peace and Security Program of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The Principal Investigators for this grant are Cullen Hendrix, Deborah Avant, Marie Berry, George DeMartino, Rachel Epstein, Jill Hereau, Oliver Kaplan, Julia Macdonald, Tricia Olsen, and Timothy Sisk.

The project began on January 1, 2019.

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ABOUT THE SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG CENTER
The Sié Chéou-Kang Center is a teaching and research center dedicated to addressing pressing challenges to global peace, security, and prosperity. Its award-winning faculty are experts in security issues ranging from climate change and nuclear security to global governance and post-conflict peacebuilding. By involving students in its research, cultivating relationships with national and international policy and thought leaders, and bringing top-level discussions to Colorado's Front Range, the Center aims to advance policy-relevant research and mentor the next generation of global leaders.

ABOUT THE JOSEF KORBEL SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Founded in 1964, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies is one of the world's leading schools for the study of international relations. The School offers degree programs in international affairs and public policy and is named in honor of its founder and first dean, Josef Korbel. Follow the Korbel School on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT THE CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK
Carnegie Corporation of New York was established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, education and knowledge, and a strong democracy.