March 2017

On March 17, Clinical Professor Anne Marie Goetz moderated, one-on-one, a conversation with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, in the Trusteeship Chamber at the United Nations. This open dialogue was hosted by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The conversation covered recent events in relation to the prospects of a two-state solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Dr. Ashrawi is a renowned Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar who made history as the first woman to hold a seat on the Executive Committee of the PLO. She was the official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process, beginning with the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991, and served as the Palestinian Minister of Higher Education and Research from 1996 to 1998. She was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council representing Jerusalem in 1996 and re-elected for the “Third Way” bloc ticket in 2006.

Professor Jennifer Trahan has newly joined the International Advisory Board of the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

PCRC is a leading NGO working in peacebuilding and accountability in the Western Balkans.  They are also CGA’s partner organization for the field-intensive that Professors Trahan and Cooper lead to The Hague, Bosnia and Serbia.

During the month of March, Dr. Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, visiting scholar and professor, penned the following op-eds for the Indian newspaper, Mint, which focused on the nuclear tensions and proliferation antics in Northeast Asia as well as China’s role in aiding and abetting the proliferation activities of two weak states – North Korea and Pakistan:

China benefits from nuclear disorder, 27 March 2017

North-East Asia goes dangerously ballistic, 13 March 2017

Finally, Dr. Sidhu also participated in a panel discussion on India – Middle East Relations in the Asian Century at the Brookings Doha Center on 12 March 2017. A video of the event can be viewed here.

Clinical Assistant professor, Dr. Mary Beth Altier’s research was recently published in the journal Security Studies. The co-authored article, “Why They Leave: An Analysis of Terrorist Disengagement Events from Eighty-seven Autobiographical Accounts” utilizes a statistical analysis of 87 autobiographical accounts and over 185 engagement events to examine how often individuals choose to walk away from terrorism and the most common reasons for doing so. The findings of the paper challenge the very common assumption among policymakers and practitioners that you need to “de-radicalize” individuals to persuade them to disengage from terrorism. More common reasons for leaving include disillusionment with one’s role in the terrorist group, disagreements with leaders and members, burnout, and disillusionment with certain operations or the overall strategy of the group. Many individuals, the study shows, turn away from terrorism without abandoning their faith in the group’s underlying ideology.