November 2016

On November 7, Professor Edward Goldberg was interviewed on the Bloomberg Radio show Taking Stock. On the show he talked about his new book, The Joint Ventured Nation: Why America Needs A New Foreign Policy, the election and the global political economy.

Professor Goldberg also spoke about his new book, The Joint Ventured Nation: Why America Needs A New Foreign Policy on November 29, at the NYU book store, as a part of the NYU Bookstore November Events Series.

From November 17-23, Professor Trahan attended the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, in The Hague, Netherlands.
ICC Assembly of States Parties
She also released two position papers on behalf of the American Branch of the International Law Association, International Criminal Court Committee, which she chairs:

Professor Colette Mazzucelli has been selected to serve as Vice Chairperson, Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD), Peace Awards 2017 Nomination Jury, which is headed by the Hon. Prof. Dr. Hugh van Skyhawk (Germany). The INSPAD Peace Awards have been given annually since 2000 in the areas of human rights, interfaith harmony, socio-economic development, teaching and research, youth entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, media, arts & culture, defence strategy, world leadership, and lifetime achievement.

Additionally, Professor Mazzucelli has been selected to participate in the Brandeis University Schusterman Center for Israel Studies’ and Jewish Community Relations Council-New York’s Faculty Course, “Israel: Balance and Complexity.” She joins a select group of academics from New York City in a course adaptation of the Schusterman Center’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies, which has been in existence for the past 13 years to train faculty throughout North America and around the world to teach the subject of Israel. Professor Mazzucelli plans to integrate her studies during the Faculty Course in her Ethnic Conflicts MSGA elective seminar.

On November 21, visiting scholar and professor, Dr. WPS Sidhu spoke at a public seminar on “Americans at the Crossroads: Coping with Emotional Stress of the US Election 2016”. The panel included: Don Morrison, former editor Time magazine; Gregory Streich, University of Central Missouri; Harold Takooshian, Fordham University; Judy Kuriansky, Columbia University, and Andrew Horvitz, SUNY New Paltz. The seminar was chaired by Professor Dinesh Sharma, Fordham University.

During the month of November, Dr. Sidhu also wrote the following series of op-eds for the Indian newspaper, Mint, on the U.S. elections:

Can the disrupter-in-chief be managed?, 21 November 2016
A historic but deeply divided mandate, 9 November 2016 (Election Special)
A weak president in a chaotic world, 7 November 2016

On November 23, Professor Anne Marie Goetz presented a paper on ‘Constraints on effective participation by subalterns in participatory democracy’ at a conference at McGill University, Montreal: ’Unpacking participatory democracy: from theory to practice and from practice to theory’. This was sponsored by the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID).

Professor Thomas Hill at the SPARK Ignite conference, Amsterdam

November 16, Clinical Associate Professor Thomas Hill joined Mosul University president Dr. Obay Al-Dewachi on a panel about “Universities at the Centre of War” at the SPARK Ignite conference in Amsterdam. Professor Hill, who is director of the Initiative for Peacebuilding through Education, spoke about the peacebuilding roles that universities can play and the importance of reconstructing them after periods of violent conflict. “Rebuilding universities in these cases is not a policy option,” he said. “It must be a policy imperative.”

Professor Hill and President Al-Dewachi were joined on the panel by Tikrit University Professor Ahmed Al-Dikhil, who spoke about his university’s experience over the past year recovering from Da’esh occupation. The panelists considered whether there were lessons from the Tikrit case that could be applied to Mosul University’s anticipated reconstruction following the conclusion of ongoing military operations to free Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from Da’esh control.

Professor Hill’s comments at the conference reflected ideas that first appeared in a November 13 article he co-wrote with MSGA student Katerina Siira entitled “The University of Mosul Could Show the Way in Post-War Reconstruction.” 

Further information about the conference can be found here.

On November 7-8, Professor Mary Beth Altier presented her paper, “Voting for Violence: Why Terrorists Succeed at the Polls” on the panel “Terrorism and Public Support” at the Society for Terrorism Research Conference held in The Hague, Netherlands. The conference brings together scholars as well as practitioners and policymakers working on terrorism and counter-terrorism issues to promote collaboration and the exchange of knowledge. Professor Altier’s paper explores the social bases of support for terrorism through an examination of the effects of local state and sectarian violence, unemployment, service provision, and socio-demographic factors on individuals’ willingness to vote for political parties associated with terrorist groups versus non-violent alternatives.