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A number of faculty have published books in recent weeks:
Posted: April 14, 2014
Austin Le was looking for an interesting elective when he registered for JSIS 201. He didn't know he would also find an opportunity to explore a dramatic part of his family's history. Austin was drawn to the class because of the different perspectives it offered and included those in his research paper. “I wrote about the flight of Chinese people from Vietnam,” he says. “My parents were among those people.” Read more.
Posted: April 1, 2014
On May 20-22, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and its centers will present three public lectures and a roundtable discussion focusing on Turkey’s relationship with the West, Europe and the European Union. The series is presented by the European Union Center for Excellence, the Center for West European Studies, and the Middle East Center. Read more.
Posted: March 31, 2014
Taso G. Lagos will launch his book, 86 Days in Greece: A Time of Crisis during a reception at the University Bookstore April 3 at 7 p.m. Lagos is Foreign Studies Director for Hellenic Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2004 and founded the Athens study abroad program the following year. His family emigrated to the United States from a tiny village on the Greek island of Euboea. Lagos specializes in Greek Cinema, Greek Diaspora, Digital Studies and International Communication. He is currently working on a biography of Alexander Pantages, a Greek-American immigrant and pioneer of early motion picture theater history. His published works have appeared in the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, New Media & Society, Political Communication and in the book series, Culture & Civilization. His blog on all things Greek is Journal of the Abroad. Read more.
Posted: March 19, 2014
Through the “Future of Ice” Initiative, the University of Washington is leveraging faculty expertise and making new investments to build a pipeline of thinkers, researchers and leaders focused on Arctic regional issues. Eight countries hold territory in the region, but a changing landscape due to rapidly melting sea ice is attracting attention from new international players. With its unique resources and interdisciplinary expertise related to the Arctic, UW is uniquely positioned it to make an impact through teaching, research and collaborative partnerships. Undergraduates Garrett Knoll and Walter O’Toole and graduate student Erica Escajeda are three of a growing group of UW students preparing for diverse leadership roles in the changing Arctic. Read more.
Posted: March 13, 2014
Professor Devin Naar is leading a project dedicated to keeping the Sephardic language and culture alive. Ladino was originally spoken by the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492. When they migrated elsewhere, especially to what was then the Ottoman Empire, the language became a rich mixture of antiquated Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, Greek and other languages. As most Ladino-speaking Jews assimilated into other cultures or perished during the Holocaust, Ladino nearly died out. Discover the efforts of UW profesor Devin Naar to preserve Ladino, a language on the brink of extinction. Read more.
Posted: March 10, 2014
Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz wrote a guest post on the Washington Post's "The Monkey Cage" on "How to prevent the crisis in Ukraine from escalating." Read more.
KUOW's Steve Scher talks with Jose Antonio Lucero, chair of the Jackson School's Latin American and Caribbean Studies program, about the protests in Venezuela. Read more.
In 2011, after the autocratic rulers in four Arab states (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen) were ousted in the midst of popular protests, there was a sense of euphoria, said Steven Heydemann, special advisor for Middle East initiatives at U.S. Institute for Peace, on March 4, speaking on the topic of “Authoritarian Governance and the Arab State in an Era of Mass Politics.” Since then, however, researchers have begun to ask why the uprisings have resulted in such a “modest harvest” for democracy. Read more.
Posted: March 5, 2014
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded $1.5 million to a University of Washington-led program to bring the power of new technologies to bear upon reform in higher education and policy-making in Burma, also known as Myanmar.
This USAID Higher Education Partnership grant, called Advancing Democracy and Promoting Transformations with Information Technology (ADAPT-IT), brings together University of Washington’s (UW) Jackson School of International Studies and the Information School with Burma-based public and private sector stakeholders, along with a close collaboration between Microsoft and the U.S. Government. Read more.
Posted: February 18, 2014
Global interconnectedness, a byproduct of advances in communications technologies, such as social media and the Internet, have made it more important than ever for countries to have diplomatic relations and dialogue, said Ambassador Thomas Pickering to an auditorium full of students and community members. The ambassador’s talk on Feb. 5 at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall highlighted major challenges the U.S. faces on the world stage. Read more.
Posted: February 20, 2014
The 2013 National Jewish Book Awards have been announced, and two former UW Hazel D. Cole post-doctoral fellows in Jewish Studies have been included in this prestigious group.
Maureen Jackson, the Cole Fellow in 2008-2009, won the award in Sephardic Culture for her new book, Mixing Musics: Turkish Jewry and the Urban Landscape of a Sacred Song (Stanford University Press). Erica T. Lehrer, the Cole Fellow in 2006-2007, was named a finalist in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience for her new book, Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (Indiana University Press).
For the complete list of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, visit the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies website at http://www.jewishstudies.washington.edu.
Posted: January 24, 2014
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering will give a lecture on "Major Challenges Facing the U.S." at 7 p.m. in Kane 130. Ambassador Pickering served more than four decades as a U.S. diplomat. Before retiring in 2000, he was under secretary of state for political affairs, the third highest post in the U.S. State Department. Pickering also served as ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, India, Israel, and Jordan. After retiring, Ambassador Pickering joined The Boeing Company as Senior Vice President International Relations until 2006. In 2012, Pickering helped lead a panel investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Read more.
Posted: January 16, 2014
The Jackson School is accepting applications for its new 10-month M.A. degree option in Applied International Studies. This accelerated program is designed for U.S. and international professionals with experience in a variety of fields, including business, government, military, philanthropy and international development. “We have received many requests for such a program from public and private agencies and foreign governments,” said Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba. Read more.
Posted: December 23, 2013
The African Studies Program and the Jackson School of International Studies join the world in mourning the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Read more.
The Central African Republic, a landlocked nation near the western coast of Africa, is considered one of the most unstable regions in the world by the U.N. After the Seleka, or “alliance,” rebels led a coup and established their own government in late March, citizens have faced arson, rape and death. The Jackson School Student Association hosted an event for participants to learn more about the issue and brainstorm ways the international community can help the distressed nation. Read more.
Posted: December 9, 2013
Inuktitut, the indigenous language of the Inuit peoples of Northern Canada, shares no roots with any other language in existence. It is spoken by only 35,000 people – with nearly all of them living in tribal communities in Arctic Canada. With its complex glottal sounds and unique set of written symbols, Inuktitut is rare to hear and difficult to learn. But thanks to the University of Washington’s FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) fellowship program, UW law student Caitlyn Evans is getting that chance.
Posted: December 3, 2013
During “The Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture: Hiroshima and the Historians,” on Nov. 18, Professor Kenneth B. Pyle discussed the controversy among historians over the decision to deploy the atomic bomb in Japan. The decision to drop radioactive bombs over Japan was one whose devastating consequences U.S. leaders did not deliberate extensively, Pyle said. The lecture was sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and the Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture Endowment. Read more.
Posted: December 9, 2013
The Central African Republic, a landlocked nation near the western coast of Africa, is considered one of the most unstable regions in the world by the U.N. The Jackson School Student Association hosted an event where participants can learn more about the issue and brainstorm different ways for the international community to help the distressed nation. But the country’s problems are not new. “One shouldn’t think of what’s going on there as something that just happened recently,” said Jackson School Professor Daniel Chirot. “This is an area that has been suffering for well over a century.” Chirot spoke at a discussion Nov. 26 hosted by the Jackson School Student Association. Read more.
Posted: December 5, 2013
The UW Center for Human Rights, an affiliate center within the Jackson School, has been recognized by the City of Seattle and will receive a 2013 Human Rights Award. The award will be presented at the Seattle Human Rights Day/Seattle Human Rights Commission 50th Anniversary celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle.
Posted: December 3, 2013
Inuktitut, the indigenous language of the Inuit peoples of Northern Canada, shares no roots with any other language in existence. It is spoken by only 35,000 people — with nearly all of them living in tribal communities in Arctic Canada. With its complex glottal sounds and unique set of written symbols, Inuktitut is rare to hear and difficult to learn. Read more.
Posted: December 3, 2013
Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst who was part of the team charged with finding Osama bin Laden, spoke to students on Nov. 13 after presenting an HBO documentary called “Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden.” Bakos answered questions about her career as well as why, as a former intelligence analyst, she chose to appear in the documentary. Read more.
Posted: November 21, 2013
History suggests that Tacloban and other communities severely damaged by Typhoon Haiyan will eventually recover, says Vicente Rafael, affiliate professor of Southeast Asia Studies, in this CNN article. "I have no doubt," he says. "If only because Tacloban has historically been at the crossroads of trade, commerce and tourism."
Posted: November 26, 2013
The Herald editorial board looks at President Kennedy's legacy through a 21st-century lens quoting from Prof. Kenneth B. Pyle's Nov. 18 lecture on Hiroshima and the historians. The 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination reveals as much about history as a relative truth as it does the tragedy of a life unfinished. As University of Washington Prof. Ken Pyle said Monday in his Griffith and Patricia Way lecture, "history gives expression to the time and place in which the historian is writing. It gets rewritten each generation, with the past determined by the present." Read more.
Posted: November 25, 2013
Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst who was part of the team charged with finding Osama bin Laden, spoke to University of Washington students on Nov. 13 after screening an HBO documentary called “Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden” directed by Greg Barker and released earlier this year. The event was sponsored by the Center for Global Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies. Bakos answered questions about her career as an analyst who worked in the turbulent time around 9/11, as well as why as a former intelligence analyst she chose to appear in the documentary.
Posted: November 21, 2013
Join the Jackson School Student Association as they host a discussion with Professor Daniel Chirot on Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in THO 101. The humanitarian Crisis in The Central African Republic has become a world wide topic for discussion and news commentary. Is the CAR a failed state as the Economist claims or a “black hole" as stated by Amnesty International? Should France military take action, should the U.S. help? What about the food crisis and the recent call to action UNSCR 2121 created to enforce transparent democratic elections and curb the rebel group Séléka? What do you think will resolve the conflict? Find more details here.
Posted: November 12, 2013
Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz looks at China’s strategies for integrating ethnic Uighurs in his latest Foreign Policy Magazine article. Radnitz and coauthor Sean Roberts argue that neither sticks nor carrots are working to integrate the population. Rather, the Chinese government’s outdated development strategy is at the root of increasing instability. Read more.
Posted: November 12, 2013
Professor Ellis Goldberg, chair of the JSIS Middle East Center, published "Islam and politics" on Nov. 4 in openDemocracy. Goldberg writes, "There remains a deeper problem in making a religious text foundational and that can be summed up in one word: commitment." Read more.
Posted: November 12, 2013
Since Independence, India has seen widely different economic experiments. So which strategy best addresses the world's greatest moral challenge: lifting a great number of extremely poor people out of poverty? Indian American economist and professor Jagdish Bhagwati is the author of Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty & the Lessons for Other Developing Countries. Read more.
Posted: November 12, 2013
The Canadian Consulate in Seattle was at capacity on Oct. 24 for Vancouver-based Tony Penikett’s talk on “Where is the Arctic, who lives there, what are their security interests.” Penikett is the inaugural Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at the University of Washington. The talk coincided with the proposed University of Washington’s Arctic minor, an interdisciplinary program to be housed in the Canadian Studies Center at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Oceanography, College of the Environment, in collaboration with the University of the Arctic. Read more.
Posted: November 4, 2013
Kazakhstan's ambassador to the United States, Kairat Umarov, spoke on Oct. 24 about the country's “Kazakhstan 2050” plan. The presentation was sponsored by the JSIS Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies. Umarov, who became ambassador Jan. 14 after serving four years as deputy foreign minister of Kazakhstan, previously held numerous other distinguished positions in foreign service, including a five-year stint as the country’s ambassador to India from 2004 to 2009. Read more in The Daily.
Posted: October 31, 2013
On Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., the second annual JewDub Talks will present short lectures on big ideas in Jewish history and culture. Organized by the Jackson School's Stroum Jewish Studies Program, the one-night event features four UW faculty members giving 15-minute talks. JewDub Talks is free and followed by a special kosher reception to kick off this year’s 40th anniversary celebration of the Stroum Jewish Studies Program at UW. Read more.
Posted: October 31, 2013
Despite writing extensively on the Middle East as an author and journalist, Cengiz Çandar said the only thing he knows for sure about its future is that he can’t know. “I find myself totally ignorant concerning the future of the region,” he told the audience during a public lecture sponsored by the UW Jackson School of International Studies on Oct. 15 as part of its lecture series, “The U.S. in a Changing World.” To illustrate his point, the senior columnist for daily Turkish newspaper Radikal held up a graphic by @TheBigPharaoh, included in a Washington Post blog showing how confusing the alliances are between major players in the region. The graphic is titled, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding the Middle East.” Read more.
Posted: October 17, 2013
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington welcomed its premiere cohort of Ph.D. students to campus last week. The inaugural class consists of scholars and practitioners in areas such as Chinese military diplomacy and human rights intervention in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. Saadia Pekkanen, Ph.D. program director, said, “They are helping us reshape and redefine the boundaries of international studies in concert with area studies in a way that is really not being done anywhere else.” Read more.
Posted: October 1, 2013
The Jackson School of International Studies invites you to be a Student for a Day during University of Washington Homecoming Week. Choose from four classes offered on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25. These are regularly scheduled UW classes that we are opening up to a limited number of UW alumni and their guests for two days only. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Learn more.
Posted: October 15, 2013
The Jackson School Student Association will host an information session for Jackson School students on Oct. 16 in the HUB Games Area from 4-5:30 p.m. Pizza will be provided. Attendees will have a chance to meet the 2013-14 JSSA officers and fellow Jackson School students. Read more.
Posted: October 12, 2013
When João Vale de Almeida, the European Union's Ambassador to the United States, visits the University of Washington on Oct. 7, travel expert Rick Steves of Europe through the Back Door will receive the EU's Outstanding Friend of Europe Award. Steves will be honored as an outstanding friend of Europe for his contribution to transatlantic relations and mutual understanding through his tours and travel programs to Europe. The free event begins at 7 p.m. in Kane Hall 130. Register online. Read more.
Posted: September 30, 2013
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, prominent Turkish journalist Cengiz Çandar will give a free public lecture on "Turkey and the Changing Middle East." The lecture is sponsored the UW Jackson School of International Studies and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Kane Hall 220 on the UW Seattle campus. A journalist since 1976, Çandar is the author of seven books in Turkish, mainly about the Middle East, including the best-seller Mesopotamia Express: A Journey in History. He contributed to two Century Foundation publications: "Turkey's Transformation and American Policy" and "Allies in Need: Turkey and the US." He is senior columnist of Radikal in Istanbul. Çandar was a special foreign policy adviser to Turkish President Turgut Ozal from 1991 to 1993. Read more.
Posted: September 19, 2013
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, four UW faculty will participate in "The Middle East: A Roundtable Discussion." This free event will feature faculty Ellis Goldberg, Professor of Political Science; Resat Kasaba, Stanley D. Golub Professor of International Studies, Jackson School; Joel Migdal, Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies, Jackson School; and Arbella Bet-Shlimon, Assistant Professor of History. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Thomson Hall 101. Read more.
Posted: September 19, 2013
Jackson School alumna Alicia Akins (MAIS, China Studies: 2012) has a personal connection with the Empowering Women exhibit, which runs at the Burke Museum until Oct. 27. Akins has worked as Programmes Director for one of the featured organizations, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos, since shortly after her March 2012 graduation. Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities provides an intimate view of the work of ten women-run artisan cooperatives from across the world, featuring artists' personal stories and stunning examples of the cooperatives' handmade traditional arts. The traveling exhibit was organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M. Read more.
Posted: September 5, 2013
The University of Hong Kong has awarded Gary Hamilton, Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and Department of Sociology, with a Visiting Research Professorship in the HKU Department of Sociology. The award covers three academic years (2013-2017), during which Hamilton will spend two months each year in residence. Hamilton was nominated for the award by the HKU Department of Sociology and it was approved by the head of the university.
Posted: September 3, 2013
Donald Hellmann, Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and Political Science, was named a 2013 Visionary Award recipient by the Northwest Asian Weekly. Hellmann will be honored at a gala on Oct. 18. Read more.
Posted: September 3, 2013
Lecturer Scott L. Montgomery was invited to speak on the topic of "Language Issues in International Research Collaborations" at the National Academy of Sciences Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable, July 29-31. The talk will be published in an upcoming National Academies report entitled: "Culture Matters: An Approach to International Research Agreements." The invitation came as the result of his new book, Does Science Need a Global Language? English and the Future of Research (University of Chicago Press).
Posted: September 3, 2013
The summer 2013 edition of The Jackson Report includes:
A greeting from JSIS Director Reşat Kasaba
JSIS hosts D.C. conference on "Russia and the World"
Task Force groups take on world's policy challenges
Recent retirees, Marty Jaffee and Donald Hellmann
Posted: August 20, 2013
Eugene Kobiako (’12 BA, IS, European Studies/BS, Biology) was at first reluctant to apply for a $10,000 scholarship and the chance to travel to Hungary to compete with students from around the globe. “We tend to doubt ourselves a little bit as undergrads,” he said.
But his hard work leading up to the fall 2012 deadline to submit a policy memo about “Digital Freedom and its Limits” paid off when he was selected as one of 38 finalists out of 2,000 applicants who received an expenses-paid trip to Budapest, Hungary, from June 17-21. Read more.
Posted: August 15, 2013
Associate Professor and Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz has published a commentary with Marlene Laruelle of George Washington University in The National Interest asking the question: "Will Afghanistan Take Central Asia Down with It?" The article faults the notion that chaos in Afghanistan will "spillover" to Central Asia and suggests steps to promote stability in the region. Read the article.
Posted: August 1, 2013
Among the faculty teaching at the UW Jackson School this fall is David Bunis, a world-famous expert on Ladino and Jewish languages at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will spend the year as Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies. His course, “Language and Ethnicity in Israel Today,” introduces contemporary Israeli society.
Other JSIS classes open to all UW students include:
JSIS 200, States and Capitalism: How has a globally integrated economy become so fractured along ethnic, national, political and cultural lines?
JSIS 203, Rise of Asia: The White House wants to put more focus on Asia. But what is the notion of “Asia”? Learn about the region’s cultures and religions as well as comparing colonial experiences under Western and Asian powers.
JSIS C 145, Intro to Judaism: Judaism is not just a set of beliefs and practices. It is a dynamic religious tradition that has developed many forms during its 3,000-year history.
JSIS C 201A, Introduction to World Religions: Western Traditions: Religion has influenced human civilizations for millennia. This course pays particular attention to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
JSIS A 242, Intro to Contemporary Japan: Learn about the people and the politics of Japan.
JSIS A 265, The Viet Nam Wars: The history and human cost of revolution and war is covered in this class on Vietnam.
JSIS A 301, Europe Today: Europe has faced its share of challenges recently. Learn more about the history and future of this dynamic continent.
Posted: August 1, 2013
In early July 2013, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies’ National Resource Centers, in partnership with the Northwest International Education Association (NIEA), offered the 10th annual Community College Master Teacher Institute at the University of Washington on "At the Crossroads: Climate Change, the Environment, and Social Justice." Twenty-three faculty, from as far away as Spokane and Yakima, participated.
Their goal was to utilize the theme of climate change to increase international content in their courses. The seven presentations by UW faculty and local experts, focused on climate change, the environment and social justice in an increasingly globalized world. Read more.
Posted: July 18, 2013
Alumna Kristen Zipperer (BA, International Studies, South Asian Studies, '12) had an article published in Himal Magazine in May. The article, "Smugglers' paradise: Life and lucre on the open border between Nepal and India," is based on her JSIS honors research thesis, which won high honors in 2012. Associate Professor Cabeiri Robinson wrote that the article is, "a lovely example of the use of formal research presented for an engaged general audience." Read the article.
Posted: July 18, 2013
When Jasper MacSlarrow, (BA, 1999, International Studies), graduated from the Jackson School in 1999, he bought a one-way ticket to Washington, D.C., determined to find work. He had already lined up an unpaid internship in Sen. Patty Murray’s office, but he knew he needed to find something to pay the bills. Today, MacSlarrow works at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as executive director of international intellectual property. Read more.
Posted: July 11, 2013
On May 30, scholars, students, and interested citizens gathered at the University of Washington Club, united by an interest in the increasingly complex topic of the Arctic. Organized by the Canadian Studies Center, the event discussed the Arctic in terms of scientific, legal and indigenous frameworks. Presenters included Sari Graben, 2012-13 Canada-U.S. Fulbright Chair; Tom Axworthy, President and CEO of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, Toronto; and respondents Tony Penikett, 2012-13 Jackson School Visiting Scholar; and Vincent Gallucci, Chair, Canadian Studies Center and professor in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Read more.
Posted: June 28, 2013
Students who studied abroad in Ioannina, Greece with Taso Lagos, Foreign Studies Director for Hellenic Studies in the Jackson School, worked with local Grecians to raise 420 Euros (about $546). They donated the proceeds to a local charity. Lagos said, "The idea of doing this entrepreneurial project is intriguing because I’ve been thinking about it for the last few years: How can I give back to Greece?" Read more.
Posted: July 2, 2013
On July 1, the Egyptian Army issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Protesters gathered on Tahrir Square and around the country on Sunday calling for either reform or the resignation from President Morsi. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times, and Ellis Goldberg, Director of the JSIS Middle East Center, explain the political and social situation in Egypt. Hear more on KUOW's Weekday.
Posted: July 2, 2013
On June 18, the Trade Development Alliance of Great Seattle hosted the Jackson School for a forum on “Russia’s Relationship with China, East Asia, Central Asia and Implications for the West.” Relations between the United States and Russia have been tense as the two countries find themselves on opposite sides of the civil war in Syria. But there are occasions where the two countries move closer. Read more.
Posted: June 27, 2013
Daniel Miller, an M.A. student in the Jackson School, has been named a 2013 Bonderman Fellow. He plans to travel for about 10 months beginning in May 2014 to participate in folk wrestling, such as sambo, a Russian pastime invented during the Soviet era. Miller said that participating in folk wrestling will give him a way to integrate into communities quickly. “I’m hoping because this is a nonverbal thing it will help me penetrate the culture a little bit more,” he said. Read more.
Posted: June 27, 2013
Posted: June 24, 2013
Reşat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School of International Studies, published editorials in The Seattle Times ("Turkey is not another 'Arab spring' chapter") and Crosscut ("Turkey's hope: The future") in June. Kasaba's research focuses on the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey from a historical perspective.
Posted: June 20, 2013
On Tuesday, June 18, the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle (1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500) will host UW Jackson School of International Studies faculty and other Russia experts for a forum on "Russia's Relationship with China, East Asia, Central Asia and its Implications for the West" from 8-9:30 a.m. The event is a follow-up to an all-day conference held in March in Washington, D.C., organized by the Jackson School and the Ellison Center. Read Tweets from the D.C. conference. Read more about the panelists and register.
Posted: June 10, 2013
During El Salvador’s brutal civil war in the 1980s, more than 75,000 civilians were killed. While both sides committed atrocities, more than 90 percent of those deaths were at the hands of the El Salvador government and its paramilitary adjuncts, according to a U.N. Truth Commission convened after the war. But two decades later, no government officials have been convicted for their crimes. No Salvadoran citizens have received reparations. The Center for Human Rights is working to change that. Read more and watch a video in the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives newsletter.
Posted: June 6, 2013
Graduating students attending Spring Convocation on June 13 will have a chance to hear from keynote speaker Jennifer Lee ('06 BA, IS/BS, Neurobiology). Lee is a legal and policy advisor for the Obama Administration. She returns to the White House in June to serve as Senior Associate General Counsel and Policy Advisor for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Previously, Jennifer held policy positions with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a member of the State Bar of California. Jennifer earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy degrees from Georgetown University. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington with degrees in Neurobiology and International Studies.
Posted: May 30, 2013
Students in European Union Fellow Tony Lockett's class had a chance to put video questions directly to members of the European Parliament through an organization in Brussels called Debating Europe. The online platform aims to encourage dialogue between citizens and EU decision-makers. It is the first time students in the U.S. have had a chance to participate. Check out students' questions and members' answers.
Posted: May 30, 2013
Two Jackson School faculty, Devin Naar and Scott Radnitz, have been selected to participate in the Simpson Center Society of Scholars during the 2013-14 academic year. The group of UW scholars meets throughout the year to discuss research in progress. Read more.
Posted: May 30, 2013
Inside the Seattle Times, the workshop “Exploring Asia: Political Change in the 21st Century," was winding down. Skagit Valley College ESL instructor and Jackson School alumna Dorothy Carlson, class of 1991, was a first-time attendee. “I love to learn,” she explained after attending the workshop, put on jointly by the Asia Centers of the Jackson School and The Seattle Times. Read more about events for educators.
Posted: May 16, 2013
Cabeiri deBergh Robinson's book, Body of Victim, Body of Warrior, explores how a young generation of Kashmiris have lived "under the shadow of guns of two nations." Robinson explores how a sense of duty prompts young men living near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan to take up jihad. Read more.
Posted: May 14, 2013
It was one week before their report was due that the stress started to get to Madison Miller and her Task Force group, comprised of 16 International Studies undergraduates. The students were charged with writing a policy recommendation on "The International Criminal Court: Confronting Challenges on the Path to Justice." Nine groups of students presented policy recommendations to some of the world’s top policymakers and diplomats. Read more.
Posted: May 2, 2013
As part of a weeklong series of events at the UW celebrating Earth Day, the Jackson School and the European Union Center of Excellence hosted European Union (EU) diplomat, Dr. Christian Burgsmueller. In his lecture, Burgsmueller explained a simplified step-by-step process to reaching a low-carbon economy. Read more.
Posted: April 30, 2013
Jackson School graduate students Nick Persons, Ruben Valencia, and Rachel Cook were awarded the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) for intensive language study abroad this summer. The CLS Program is part of the U.S. government’s efforts to expand the number of American students studying critical foreign languages. “Critical” foreign languages include languages spoken primarily in the Middle East, East Asia and Eastern Europe. Read more.
Posted: April 25, 2013
As part of a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, four projects at the University of Washington have been chosen to receive up to $40,000 apiece to strengthen area and global studies. The grant is administered by the UW Jackson School of International Studies. Read more about the funded projects.
Posted: April 25, 2013
Wes Kovarik (MAIS/JD 2014), is one of 23 graduate-student recipients of the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship. He will spend the summer working in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA). It will not be Kovarik’s first visit to the Capitol. In high school, Kovarik was a page in the House of Representatives, an experience that kick-started his long-lasting interest in politics. Read more.
Posted: April 18, 2013
Earth Day 2013: EU roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy
On Earth Day, April 22, 2013, a career EU diplomat with the European External Action Service, Christian Burgsmueller, will speak about the “EU Roadmap for Moving to a Competitive Low-Carbon Economy.” The presentation is from 1:30-3 p.m., in the Donald E. Petersen Room 485, Allen Library.The European Commission is looking at cost-efficient ways to make the European economy more climate-friendly and less energy-consuming. Read more.
Posted: April 16, 2013
Sunila Kale awarded 2013 Elder Prize in Indian Social Sciences
Sunila Kale, assistant professor at the UW Jackson School of International Studies, has won the 2013 Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences from the American Institute of Indian Studies. Kale’s book manuscript, Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development, is under contract with Stanford University Press. The book investigates why, more than six decades after independence, so much of India — especially rural India — is still not electrified. Read more about Kale’s book.
Posted: April 11, 2013
JSIS hosts D.C. conference on 'Russia and the World'
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States and Russia have been uneasy partners when it comes to shared interests such as trade, security and energy. Its accession into the World Trade Organization in August 2012, the result of 18 years of negotiations, has left onlookers wondering whether Russia will fulfill the commitments it agreed to, said Jill Dougherty, CNN foreign affairs correspondent, during a panel on “Russia and the West."
The panel was part of an all-day forum on Russia and the World: A Dynamic Landscape on March 28 at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. It was organized by the Jackson School of International Studies and the Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies in the Jackson School at UW in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and The Kennan Institute. Read more.
Posted: April 1, 2013
Gebhart wins Luce Scholarship to intern in Asia
Senior Genevieve (Gennie) Gebhart has been named a 2013 Luce Scholar and will spend the 2013-14 academic year in a professional internship in an Asian country (yet to be determined), supported by opportunities for language study and a generous stipend. Gebhart is majoring in international studies and economics.
The Luce Scholars Program is a major national scholarship for which applicants must be nominated by their university. Gebhart was nominated by the University of Washington from a pool of campus applicants that included graduating seniors, graduate students and alumni. The foundation selects 15-18 scholars each year. Gebhart would like to work in information justice and international library development. Read more.
Posted: February 25, 2013
Public lecture on Syria with Prof. Lisa Wedeen: "Ideology and Humor in Dark Times"
On the same day that a series of deadly bombings rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus on Feb. 21, the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies hosted Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, for a public lecture about the politics leading up to the Syrian uprising. Wedeen spent time doing fieldwork in Syria in 2010 and 2011. She left in May 2011 while the uprising was under way. Read more.
Posted: February 22, 2013
Jackson School hosts panel on Turkey at Seattle Trade Alliance
On Feb. 7, the Jackson School of International Studies and the Trade Development Alliance in Seattle hosted a panel discussion on Turkey with experts on Turkey’s overall business environment as well as the aerospace, energy, infrastructure and commercial sectors. The discussion was a follow-up program to a forum held in Washington, D.C., in May 2012. Read more.
Posted: February 10, 2013
Alumni give back to students as mentors
When Crystal Zhu, an international studies major, was trying to decide whether she wanted to apply to graduate school, she had the help of two alumni mentors who shared their professional experiences with her. Zhu and 25 other students participated in the first year of the Jackson School Mentor Program in 2011. This year, the program grew to 48 pairs of students and mentors. Read more.
Posted: February 2013
Ellis J. Goldberg
The Revolution Came Early: Reflections on an Arab Year of Living Dangerously
15 May 2012, 7pm Kane Hall, Room 210
Ellis Goldberg is a Professor of Political Science, University of Washington, specializing in Middle East politics. He is a 2012-2013 John S. Guggenheim Fellow. His current research focuses on the Arab Spring, in particular Egypt's emerging democratic institutions. He is also the author of the blog "Nisralnasr: Occasional Thoughts on Middle Eastern and US Politics." The lecture will be followed by a public reception in the Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall.
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Co-sponsored by the Middle East Center; the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.
“Forum on the U.S.-Turkey Commercial Relationship:
A Growing Partnership”
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Washington, D.C., U.S.A
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies is planning a one-day
conference in collaboration with the US Commerce Department in Washington DC to
discuss the rising importance of Turkey and its implications for US commercial and
foreign policy in the region. By maintaining an exceptionally fast rate of economic
growth and by adopting an increasingly activist commercial and foreign policy in
the Middle East, Turkey had already introduced significant changes in the region.
The Arab Spring and the continuing unrest in Syria further enhanced Turkey’s
importance both for the region and the United States.
Registration for this event is requested at: US-Turkey Forum Registration
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Is the Reset Over? US-Russian Relations after the Presidential Elections
Tuesday April 3, 2012
Kane Hall 210, UW Campus
Angela E. Stent
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Angela Stent is Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is also a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the Brookings Institution and co-chairs its Hewett Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs. From 2004-2006 she served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. From 1999 to 2001, she served in the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State.
Stent’s academic work focuses on the triangular political and economic relationship between the United Sates, Russia and Europe. Her publications include: Russia and Germany Reborn: Unification, The Soviet Collapse and The New Europe (Princeton University Pres, 1999); From Embargo to Ostpolitik: The Political Economy of West German-Soviet Relations, 1955-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 1981); “Repairing US-Russian Relations: A Long Road Ahead” (2009) “Restoration and Revolution in Putin’s Foreign Policy,” (2008), “An Energy Superpower? Russia and Europe” (2008) and “Reluctant Europeans: Three Centuries of Russian Ambivalence Toward the West,” (2007).
Sustaining China’s Economic Growth after the Global Financial Crisis
Professor Nicholas R. Lardy
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
March 27, 2012 7:00 PM
Walker-Ames Room (225), University of Washington, Seattle Campus
"Thanks to its strong stimulus program, China came through the global financial crisis almost unscathed. But the stimulus did not address longer term structural problems that China must solve. Dr. Lardy’s talk will explain the reforms China must undertake in order to sustain its world-beating growth performance."
Nicholas R. Lardy is the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE). He is an expert on the Chinese economy and Asia. He has written numerous articles and books on the Chinese economy. His most recent book, entitled Sustaining China's Economic Growth after the Global Financial Crisis, was released in February 2012. Other recent books include The Future of China's Exchange Rate Policy (2009), China's Rise: Challenges and Opportunities (2008), and China: The Balance Sheet (Public Affairs, 2006).
Prior to the PIIE, he was at the Brookings Institution as a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program from 1995 until 2003 and as interim director of Foreign Policy Studies in 2001. Before Brookings, he was the Frederick Frank Adjunct Professor of International Trade and Finance at the Yale University School of Management from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Lardy served as a director of the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) from 1991 to 1995. He was also a professor of international studies at the University of Washington since 1985 and an associate professor from 1983 to 1985. He served as chair of the China Program from 1984 to 1989. He was an assistant and associate professor of economics at Yale University from 1975 to 1983. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1968 and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1975, both in economics. Dr. Lardy is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the editorial boards of the China Quarterly, China Review, and Journal of Contemporary China.
This event is sponsored by the China Studies Program, the East Asia Center, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Jackson School of international Studies.
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Will the Growth Bubble Burst in China?
Professor Yang Yao
Director, China Center for Economic Research (CCER), Deputy Dean, National School of Development (NSD), Peking University
February 22, 2012
Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room (225), University of Washington, Seattle Campus
China's economic growth has decelerated in the last quarter of 2011. Will China hit a hard landing this year? Has China reached a turning point to end its decade-long double-digit growth? Will income inequality trap China's economic growth in the next decade? Professor Yao will draw together international comparisons and China's domestic dynamics to provide answers to those questions
Professor Yao currently serves as the director of the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) and deputy dean of the National School of Development (NSD), Peking University in charge of academic affairs and the editor of the center’s house journal China Economic Quarterly. His current research interests are in China’s export-oriented growth and its relation with the global economy. He has published many papers in international and domestic journals as well as several solely authored and coauthored books on institutional economics and economic development in China including Economic Reform and Institutional Innovation (Gale Asia/Cengage Learning, 2009), CSR and Competitiveness in China (co-author, Foreign Languages Press, 2009), and China’s Economic Reform and Growth (co-editor, Routledge, 2010). He is also a prolific writer for magazines and newspapers including Foreign Affairs and The Financial Times. In addition to his position in CCER, he has been a visiting professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, International University of Japan, Stanford University, Cornell University, and New York University.
He serves as an associate editor for Agricultural Economics and World Development. He is a member of the Peking University Academic Committee in Social Sciences, and also a member of the China Finance 40 Forum.
He was awarded the 2009 Sun Yefang Economics Award --- the highest economics award in China, the 2008 and 2010 Pu Shan Award in International Economics, and the 2008 Zhang Peigang Award in Development Economics. He was awarded the title of Best Teacher by the Peking University Student Union in 2006 and was named a Young Leader by the Nanfang People Weekly in 2008.
Dr. Yao obtained his B.S. of geography in 1986 and M.S. of economics in 1989, both from Peking University, and his Ph.D. in development economics from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996.
Sponsored by the East Asia Center and the China Studies Program at the University of Washington, Seattle
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JSIS Senior Byron Gray Named Rhodes Scholar
JSIS Senior Byron Gray is Named Rhodes Scholar
The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest international
fellowship awards in the world, that provides full financial
support for scholars to study at the University of Oxford in
the United Kingdom. Gray was selected from a pool of 830
candidates nominated by their colleges and universities.
Byron's interests span South Asian studies, political science, philosophy, and legal studies, For his JSIS Honors project, Byron is investigating how the higher and lower courts in India have shaped personal law over the last several decades, and how these judicial pronouncements in turn shape the relationships of religious communities and the state. Byron views the legal terrain as a critical site of interaction between the state and religiously identified social groups or religious publics in India. With support from several competitive grants, Byron studied Urdu and Hindi and conducted primary research on the topic of personal law in India, interviewing and meeting with people in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur from various academic, activist, and political circles. At Oxford, Byron is planning to study contemporary India.
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