January 2017

On January 6, 2017, Adjunct Professor Edward Goldberg was cited by Barbara Mantel in her study of the New Trump administration in CQ Researcher.

In January 2017, Adjunct Professor Regina Joseph was a keynote speaker at the inaugural Basel Peace Forum, organized by swisspeace. The Basel Peace Forum was “intended to inspire new and unconventional ideas for peacebuilding. To ensure that this happens, carefully selected leading personalities and decision-makers from business, diplomacy, academia, and civil society were invited.”

unnamedClinical Assistant Professor Mary Beth Altier was quoted in the most recent issue of WIRED magazine, which was picked up by MSN. The article, “Can you Turn a Terrorist Back Into a Citizen?” examines efforts to craft the first US terrorist “de-radicalization” program in Minneapolis. Altier’s research and interviews with individuals formerly involved in terrorism show that de-radicalization is a lengthy and complicated process that usually follows rather than precedes one’s leaving a terrorist group. In other words, you don’t need to “de-radicalize” terrorists to get them to disengage, but “de-radicalization” has important protective benefits in that it reduces the likelihood of re-engagement.

On January 19th, Clinical Professor Anne Marie Goetz led a unnamedworkshop on ‘Power, Peace and Security: Getting Practical on Gender’ at a workshop organized by the Myanmar Peace Support Fund in Yangon, Myanmar. The workshop brought together dozens of grantees of the Fund who support peacebuilding in the country. Their work covers activities such as trying to stop hate speech, counter religious extremism including through dialogue with the extremist buddhist community, engage women in local government, develop civilian ceasefire monitoring mechanisms, bring peace education into schools, and much else. The workshop challenged participants to examine gender biases or exclusions in their work and to identify practical means of building the participation of women and girls and responses to their needs. Professor Goetz was in Myanmar from March 14 to 23 conducting an analysis of the efforts of women peace activists to access on-going ceasefire negotiations and the peace dialogues planned for February this year.

On January 3, 2017, Visiting Scholar Dr. Sidhu joined former Indian National Security Adviser, Shivshankar Menon on a panel on Rajya Sabha TV to discuss the emerging security challenges in the Trump era.  

On January 9, 2017, Dr. Sidhu addressed NATO Defense College’s Senior Course 129 with over 50 participants from member and partner countries on “Rising India?”

During the month of January, Dr. Sidhu penned the following op-eds for the Indian newspaper, Mint, on the implications of the Trump presidency for international security and global trends:

On January 31, 2017,  Adjunct Professor Rachira Gupta was conferred the highest French civilian distinction, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (Knight of the National Order of Merit).