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Book review in New York Times

The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas & How They Made the Modern World, a book by Jackson School professors Scott L. Montgomery and Daniel Chirot, was reviewed by Fareed Zakaria in the New York Times.

Posted: August 24, 2015

Bachman in Seattle Times about Chinese yuan devaluation

Professor David Bachman is quoted in the Seattle Times in an article on Chinese yuan devaluation.

Posted: August 14, 2015

Radnitz in The Diplomat: 'Central Asia and the Succession Question'

Associate Professor Scott Radnitz, director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, is quoted in The Diplomat about Central Asia succession.

Posted: August 13, 2015

Friedman and Bonus discuss service learning at the UW

Professors Kathie Friedman and Rick Bonus are featured in this article from the UW Whole U about service-learning courses at the UW.

Posted: August 13, 2015

Professor builds largest digital library of Sephardic language

Jackson School faculty member Devin Naar is building the world’s first digital library of books, letters and other materials in the centuries-old language of Ladino, with materials donated from Seattle’s large Sephardic Jewish community. Read more in the Seattle Times.

Posted: August 13, 2015

Naar in Seattle Times as Seattle Jews weigh becoming Spanish citizens

Devin Naar, chair of the Sephardic Studies Program, says that more than in any other city in the U.S., Seattle’s Sephardic community has hung onto the customs and practices of the former Ottoman empire.

Posted: August 13, 2015

Pekkanen in Forbes: Space Debris Provides Cover For Japan's Ambitions

Jackson School Associate Director Saadia Pekkanen's monthly post for Forbes explores how Japan has used the problem of orbital debris to develop new technologies that can also serve military purposes.

Posted: August 3, 2015

Montgomery fact checks ad opposing Iran nuclear deal for KING 5

What are the implications of the nuclear deal with Iran? Affiliate faculty and energy expert Scott L. Montgomery fact checks an ad opposing the deal for KING 5 news.

Posted: July 27, 2015

U.S. Ed Dept. features Task Force for first "Grantee Showcase"

On June 30, the Jackson School's Center for Global Studies Director Sara Curran and her team conducted a one-hour webinar on Task Force to launch the U.S. Department of Education's International Foreign and Language Education "Grantee Showcase" webinar series. Click on the link above to watch the video in its entirety. (Note: You will need to download WebEx.)

Posted: July 23, 2015

The global politics of space trash

Jackson School Associate Director Saadia Pekkanen pens Forbes article on how space trash can be used against the U.S.

Posted: June 30, 2015

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Read more about: 

  • The Asia-Pacific Military Fellowship
  • Jackson School awarded $16 million for international eduacation
  • Taking Task Force to El Salvador and the Washington State Legislature
  • U.S. Congressman Adam Smith on Teaching Real World Policy
  • Bridging the Gap with a new International Policy Institute
  • Student research for Seattle's private sector
  • New Master's program connects the world
  • Partnering for Myanmar 2.0
  • Melting ice matters in the Arctic
  • Jewish Studies professor working to revive Ladino language
  • Professor teaches globalization class to global audience for MOOC
  • Alum Kent Hill has dedicated his career to helping others
Posted: June 20, 2015

Spring Convocation 2015!

Congratulations to over 250 Jackson School undergraduate and graduate students on the occasion of the completion of their degrees! 

Posted: June 18, 2015

Students meet Microsoft

Jackson School students present their research on cyber infrastructure policy in Sub-Saharan Africa to Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

Posted: June 8, 2015

Eyes on China, but Japan has space power

Jackson School Associate Director and Professor Saadia Pekkanen focuses her latest Forbes article on Japan and its outer space program.

Posted: June 1, 2015

Professor Wellman talks atheism in Seattle

KUOW's article "Don't Believe in God? Move to Seattle" quotes Prof. James Wellman, Chair of the Jackson School's Comparative Religion Program.

Posted: May 27, 2015

The politics of distant war

U.S. leading historian Mary L. Dudziak on the politics of distant war in 1917, 1941 and 1964 , as part of the Jackson School's U.S in the World speaker series.

Posted: May 22, 2015

Foreign affairs fellowship awarded to alumnus

Joshua Gregory, an international studies and political science graduate from the UW, has won a 2015 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

Posted: May 18, 2015

Undergraduate wins a Fulbright Award

Katherine Schroeder, an undergraduate in international studies, wins a 2015-2016 Fulbright Award for an English Teaching Assistantship in Russia.

Posted: May 14, 2015

Teaching the Middle East

How do scholars approach their roles as public intellectuals on deeply politicized topics?  Jackson School faculty discuss "Teaching the Middle East on Campus Today" in a panel discussion with the public.  

Posted: May 11, 2015

Teaching Asia with The Seattle Times

The Jackson School partners with The Seattle Times on outreach to K-12 educators on teaching Asia.

Posted: May 11, 2015

A conversation on Libya's future

The CEO of Benghazi Medical Center, Libya, spoke at UW Club to academics, students and members of the Libyan community about Libya today and in the future.

Posted: May 4, 2015

Co-director of Jackson School's Nepal Studies writes from the earthquake zone

David Citrin, who co-directs the South Asia Center's Nepal Initiative, writes about his experience during and after the recent earthquake in Nepal for Humanosphere.

Posted: April 30,2015

Remembering Vietnam 

Christoph Giebel, associate professor of international studies, has his op-ed "In Vietnam, former enemies must accept responsibility for war" published in the Seattle Times.

Posted: April 30, 2015

Associate Director writes about China & arms race for outer space

Read Associate Director Saadia Pekkanen's latest take on China in the race for outer space.

Posted: April 28, 2015

Article quotes student on Mongolian mining

Amalia Rubin, a master's degree student at the Jackson School and Evans School of Public Affairs, speaks to the AFP about mineral-rich Mongolia.   

Posted: April 23, 2015

Putting digital into diplomacy

A deputy assistant secretary at the State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs speaks at the Jackson School on the future of diplomacy in a digital era.

Posted: April 10, 2015

Ph.D. Program Director pens Forbes column on Asia's outer space quest

Ph.D. Program Director Saadia Pekkanen pens "Asia's Simmering Rivalries Are Shifting To Outer Space, Where Anything Goes," in Forbes magazine.

Posted: April 6, 2015

Director of Canadian Studies talks all things Arctic with Russia

Professor Vincent F. Gallucci, director of the Canadian Studies Center and professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington shares his views with the Russian International Affairs Council while on a recent trip to Russia.

Posted: March 26, 2015

Teaching Beyond the Campus

An example of how the Jackson School of International Studies helps K-12 educators in the Pacific Northwest.

Posted: March 24, 2015 

Alumna Spotlight on Sahar Fathi: Leader for the Global Common Good

A student article on a recent UW Leadership Fireside chat with JSIS alumna Sahar Fathi reflecting on her journey after graduation. 

Posted: February 28, 2015

Pulitzer-Prize winner discusses Obama 

Pulitzer-Prize winner Frederik Logevall launched the U.S. in the World speaker series, co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and the Jackson School.

Posted: February 27, 2015 

Japanese politician discusses nuclear energy troubles

The UW Daily featured on its front page a lecture with Tarō Konō, a member of Japan's House of Representatives, on Japan's energy troubles since Fukushima. The event was sponsored by the Japan Studies Program and the Mitsubishi Corporation.

Posted: January 27, 2015

Video: "Paris and Beyond: Making Sense of the World" faculty panel

The eyes of the world are on France in the wake of the deadly shootings at the office of satirical weekly "Charlie Hebdo" and a supermarket in Paris. The Jan. 7 acts of terrorism have sparked questions about radical Islam, European unity and conflicts in the Middle East. The Jackson School of International Studies hosted a faculty roundtable discussion on Jan. 21 to try to make sense of events in Paris and beyond. Faculty panelists included Daniel Chirot, Kathie Friedman, Ellis Goldberg, Reşat Kasaba, Sabine Lang, Noam Pianko and Anand Yang (moderator). Topics addressed by faculty included changes in Europe, politics in European countries, status of immigrants in France, Muslim politics and Muslim youth in Europe and beyond.

Posted: January 23, 2015

Ulrichsen writes about global campuses for The New York Times

The New York Times 'Room for Debate' series published visiting scholar Kristian Coates Ulrichsen's article: "Global Campuses Can Be a Tool in Public Diplomacy."    

Posted: January 22, 2015

Lavely quoted in Seattle Times article

Professor William Lavely is quoted in this article by The Seattle Times about the aging population in China and the rising need for elder care.

Posted: January 13, 2015

Student's article on invasive mussels published in The Blue Review blog

JSIS student Felicia Muncaster, program coordinator at the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, published an article with Megan Levy, "Protecting Northwest waters from invasive aquatic mussels" in The Blue Review blog.

Posted: January 12, 2015

Pekkanen article wins ISS/Oxford Prize for Modern Japanese Studies

Professor Robert Pekkanen’s article, “The Logic of Ministerial Selection: Electoral System and Cabinet Appointments in Japan,” was awarded the ISS/Oxford Prize for Modern Japanese Studies for 2014. The article, co-written by Ellis Krauss and Benjamin Nyblade, appeared in the University of Tokyo’s Social Science Japan Journal in January 2014. The award was established in conjunction with the Institute of Social Science and Oxford University Press to honor the best article published in the journal each year.  

Posted: January 8, 2015

Conference explores current events in Kurdistan

During a day of panels focused on "Kurdistan and the Changing Middle East" on Nov. 6, speakers from around the world provided material for discussions on “State-Society Relations in Northern Iraq,” “Dynamics of the Kurdish movement and governance in Turkey,” and “Regional Dynamics.” The event was sponsored by the UW Jackson School of International Studies.

Posted: December 22, 2014

Pekkanen interviewed for article on

Professor Robert Pekkanen is quoted in this article about Prime Minister Abe's re-election and Japan's economy. “It could send a powerful signal about a commitment to economic reform," he says.

Posted: December 22, 2014

First MAAIS cohort learning to 'make a difference in the world'

The first cohort of MA in Applied International Studies students began in the fall with a cohort of eight students from five continents and a variety of professional backgrounds.

Posted: December 22, 2014

New Books in World Affairs features Migdal's book, Shifting Sands

Professor Joel Migdal was interviewed for an article in New Books in World Affairs about his book Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East.

Posted: December 11, 2014

Bessner writes article on interdisciplinary collaboration

Assistant Professor Daniel Bessner's article, "Organizing Complexity: The Hopeful Dreams and Harsh Realities of Interdisciplinary Collaboration at the Rand Corporation in the Early Cold War," was published in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.

Posted: December 11, 2014

Migdal discusses U.S. involvement in the Middle East on news program

Professor Joel Migdal was the guest on a recent episode of “Worlds Apart,” a Russian television news show. He spoke about his new book, Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East, and current issues in U.S. foreign policy.

Posted: December 2, 2014

Bessner on "Weimar social science in Cold War America"

Assistant Professor Daniel Bessner's article, "Weimar Social Science in Cold War America: The Case of the Political-Military Game" was published in German Historical Institute.

Posted: December 2, 2014

UW welcomes 27 students from Japan

The Daily published an article about the Thematic Study Abroad program (TSA), which brought 27 students from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan to study at UW this year. The Jackson School partners with UW's International Specialized Programs and Waseda University for the program.

Posted: November 27, 2014

Family ties inspire FLAS Fellow to study Punjabi

A summer study-abroad program to India transformed graduate student Krysta Walia’s understanding of Indian society and even gave her some insight into her own ethnic background. Walia’s father is Punjabi, but she never learned the language since she did not live with him growing up in her hometown of Sedro-Woolley, Wash.  Walia, who is pursuing a master’s in social work at the University of Washington, had a chance to use the language this year during her social work practicum, while assisting a Punjabi family.

Posted: November 27, 2014

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew visits Jackson School class

On his way to the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew made a stop to visit with students in JSIS 478, who are studying "Global Markets and Local Economies."

Posted: November 24, 2014

Lucero comments on immigration plan in Yakima Herald-Republic

Associate Professor Jose Antonio Lucero is quoted in a Yakima Herald-Republic article about reactions in Yakima Valley to President Obama's immigration plan.

Posted: November 24, 2014

Video: Devin Naar lecture "From Empires to Nation-States"

The Great War irrevocably transformed the map of Europe and the Middle East by provoking the dissolution of the major empires of the Hapsburgs, Romanovs and Ottomans. This lecture by Jewish Studies Assistant Professor Devin Naar focuses on the final years of the Ottoman Empire, the role of the war in galvanizing new nation-states in the region and the cataclysmic impact of these processes on diverse populations. Part of the Great War Lecture Series at UWTV.

Posted: November 24, 2014

Pekkanen comments on Japan’s ballistic missile defense plans

Professor Saadia Pekkanen is quoted in a Defense News article about Japan’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) plans.

Posted: November 20, 2014

Video: Ambassador Christopher Hill on "Regional Dynamics in NE Asia and the Future of U.S.-S. Korea Relations"

For the first ground-breaking event for the Korean Peninsula Forum, which aims at enhancing the understanding and visibility of issues related to the Korean peninsula in the Northwest America and beyond, the UW Center for Korea Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies invited Christopher Robert Hill, the former United States ambassador to the Republic of Korea, to give a public presentation. Ambassador Hill discussed the current events surrounding Northeast Asia, drawing on his foreign service experience to elucidate underlying causes as well as consequences on the region’s geopolitical dynamics and the U.S.-South Korea relations.

Posted: November 20, 2014

Documentary film producer is Canada Fulbright visiting chair

This year's Canada Fulbright visiting chair in Arctic Studies is award-winning documentary film producer Joel Heath ("People of a Feather"). Heath spoke with Jackson School students last week about his research on the eider duck, his film, and the problems that hydroelectric dams pose for the Arctic.

Posted: November 17, 2014

A celebration to honor JSIS Title VI National Resource Centers

Congratulations to all eight Jackson School Title VI National Resource Centers, who had their grants and FLAS funding renewed for the next four years. The Jackson School held a celebration Thursday to honor the centers, which play an integral role within the Jackson School and the University of Washington. Grants will total more than $16 million to be awarded over four years.

Posted: October 30, 2014

Jason and Walter's excellent Arctic adventure

Inuktitut studentJason Young and Walter O’Toole had been stranded on Arctic ice for nearly an hour, unable to find a safe path back to shore, when an Inuit woman observing from her kitchen dispatched her 13-year-old son to guide them to safety. It was one of many humbling moments for the UW students during a visit to the Canadian Arctic through a Canadian Studies Foreign Language Area and Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. During a visit to the Canadian Arctic to study Inuktitut, the Inuit language, students experienced firsthand the language's connection to the land. Read more.

Posted: October 28, 2014

UW Hebrew students reach new heights with FLAS awards

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies recognizes this year's FLAS awardees in Hebrew. JSIS students Jason Sanders and Shirin Lotfi are among the recipients. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education, through the UW Middle East Center – one of eight national Resource Centers in the Jackson School. Read more.

Posted: October 28, 2014

Daniel Bessner awarded Charles Schmitt Prize for article

Daniel Bessner, assistant professor of international studies, was awarded the Charles Schmitt Prize for Best Article by a Young Historian by the International Society for Intellectual History for an article entitled "Murray Rothbard, Political Strategy, and the Making of Modern Libertarianism," which appears in the December issue of  Intellectual History Review.

Posted: October 28, 2014

Sunila Kale op-ed published in The Indian Express

Professor Sunila Kale's op-ed, "Power to the People," was published in The Indian Express on Oct. 27. It addresses obstacles facing rural electrification in India. Prof. Kale will present about her new book, Electrifying India, at a South Asia Center book launch event on Nov. 19. Read more.

Posted: October 28, 2014

Video: Hellmann on "Asia and the Twilight of America's Century"

On Oct. 13, Professor Donald Hellmann gave a talk on "The World in Transition: Asia and the Twilight of America's Century."

Posted: October 27, 2014

Saadia Pekkanen publishes International Relations of Asia handbook

Professor Saadia Pekkanen has published The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia with co-editors John Ravenhill and Rosemary Foot. The book is published by Oxford University Press. In the past quarter century, the importance of Asia in international relations has grown exponentially. This Handbook gathers the most important scholars in the field of Asia's international relations to address this momentous change in world politics. The editors and contributors focus on three basic themes: assessing appropriate theories for explaining the evolution of the international relations of Asian countries within the region and with the rest of the world; tracing the recent history of Asia in world politics; and focusing on emerging trends. Read more.

Posted: October 20, 2014

KUOW talks with Prof. Wellman about Mark Driscoll's resignation from Mars Hill Church

KUOW Public Radio's Ross Reynolds talks with Jackson School comparative religion Professor Jim Wellman about Mark Driscoll's resignation and what it could mean for the future of Mars Hill Church.

Posted: October 20, 2014

Ph.D. student publishes op-ed in The Diplomat

Ph.D. student Gregory Shtraks published an op-ed in The Diplomat entitled, "The Kremlin Turns to China: A decade after the demarcation of the Sino-Russian Border, Russia is becoming increasingly dependent on China."

Posted: October 16, 2014

After detour through Poland, FLAS Fellow returns to Ukraine

Christi HoflandWhat do Poland, Ukraine, and the UK have in common? They are each important stops in my graduate school journey. This spring, I said goodbye to the University of Washington for six months and boarded a plane with a flight itinerary that included these three destinations which have been critical to my graduate education and professional development. Read more.

Posted: October 13, 2014

Title VI centers awarded $16M in grants by U.S. Dept. of Education

Carnegie Corporation logoThe University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education for all eight of its Title VI centers — surpassing other institutions in both total grant award and number of centers. Read more.

Posted: October 9, 2014

Video: Roundtable features 7 JSIS faculty

On Oct. 7, the Jackson School featured faculty for a roundtable discussion, "How to Make Sense of the World when the World is Falling Apart." Watch the video.

Posted: October 9, 2014

$1 million Carnegie grant to boost new International Policy Institute

Carnegie Corporation logoThanks to a $1 million grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jackson School will improve its sharing of critical research with foreign policy, development and business leaders through the establishment of a new International Policy Institute. Read more.

Posted: September 26, 2014

Student's poetry part of "Poetry on Buses" project

JSIS student Hamda Yusuf is featured in a Seattle Times column about young immigrants who write poetry to express their international identities. Yusuf’s poem on the topic of “home” will be part of the “Poetry on Buses” project launching this November on King County Metro.

Posted: September 25, 2014

Jackson School welcomes new faculty

The Jackson School is pleased to welcome four new faculty in the 2014-15 academic year: Mika Ahuvia, Jeffrey C. Begun, Daniel Bessner and Rebecca Herman Weber. Learn more about our new faculty.

Posted: September 23, 2014

E-news highlights student programs

The September e-newsletter includes news about the 'Future of Ice' Initiative, students' research recommendations to local businesses, and much more. Read the e-newsletter.

Posted: September 23, 2014

Globalization class reaches worldwide with free, online course

Matt SparkeProfessor Matthew Sparke’s "Introduction to Globalization" course has long been popular with UW students. But Sparke sees the material in his class as equally relevant to a broad spectrum of people who are coping in a globalized world. To make his course materials more widely available, Sparke created a massive open online course — or MOOC — on the topic. Read more.

Posted: September 2, 2014

RSVP for a graduate online info session

Tune in for an online information session or learn more about our 11 graduate programs. RSVP.

Posted: August 29, 2014

Reception Sept. 4 for Myanmar fellows concluding 5 weeks of workshops

Myanmar fellowJoin 25 UW fellows from Myanmar for a lunch reception and learn about their proposed projects. The fellows have been on campus for five weeks focusing on information strategies for societies in transition. During the 5 weeks, they developed information strategies for Myanmar that will strengthen peace building, fair elections, and information literacy. Read more.

Posted: August 29, 2014

Students apply research to offer recommendations to local groups

Applied Research faculty and studentsSince 2010, the Jackson School’s International Studies Program has collaborated with local businesses and organizations to inform strategic initiatives with “Applied Research Projects.” This year, groups compiled research for Construction for Change and Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group. Read more.

Posted: August 26, 2014

A Q&A with Prof. Migdal about his book on the U.S. in the Middle East

Shifting Sands coverProfessor Joel Migdal knows that the Middle East conflict — and the United States' role in it — can be confusing, with more characters and subplots than an epic novel. He hopes his new book, Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East, can shed some light on the ongoing conflict and U.S. involvement over the past half century. He recently answered some questions in response to recent events in the Middle East. Read more in Perspectives.

Posted: August 7, 2014

How do you save a dying language? Assistant Professor Devin Naar on KUOW

Devin NaarDevin Naar, assistant professor of Jewish Studies and history, talks with Ross Reynolds on KUOW's The Record last week about the Sephardic Jewish language of Ladino. Naar discusses the language's fascinating history, uncertain future and how Ladino helped him uncover secrets about his own family. Read more.

Posted: August 4, 2014

Task Force keynote: ‘We’ve left lots of additional work for you’

Teacher trainingThis year’s Jackson School graduates are entering careers at a challenging time for the United States and the world. But with those challenges come opportunities, said James N. Miller, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, at the U.S. Department of Defense. Giving the keynote speech during the Task Force dinner in March, he said that if policymakers spend all their energy trying to contain risk without seeing opportunity it becomes a downward spiral.

“I want you to believe that change is not only necessary but possible. Good work will be rewarded. And the world can be a better place. What you do in your careers can make a difference,” he said. “It’s a good time to start a career in international affairs. We’ve left lots of additional work for you.”

By all accounts, students participating in Task Force are prepared for that work. Read more.

Posted: July 17, 2014

Community-college instructor training explores changing gender roles

Teacher trainingIn July, the National Resource Centers in the Jackson School hosted the annual Community College Master Teacher Institute. This year's theme was Global Development and Changing Gender Roles. The two-day workshop brings together teachers who are interested in incorporating information on international studies into their teaching and mentoring. Read more.

Posted: July 17, 2014

Conference encourages students to pursue goals, attend college

high school studentsAbout 100 high school students from around the state had a chance to focus on future goals, and the role of higher education in attaining those goals, during the annual Adelante Con Educación (ACE) Conference at the University of Washington this spring. Workshops focused on student empowerment, cultural appreciation, higher education and self-care. The event was co-sponsored by the Jackson School’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies program. Read more.

Posted: July 15, 2014

Congratulations Jackson School graduates!

Teacher trainingOn June 12, the Jackson School hosted a ceremony for BA and MA graduates from the class of 2014. Awardees included: Anne Mwendar, Jackson Leadership Award; Kent Oglesby, Graduate Book Award; Anja Speckhardt, Undergraduate Book Award; Lecturer Scott Montgomery, Student Service Award

Posted: June 16, 2014

Korea Studies naming ceremony celebrates career of Sen. Paull Shin

Paull ShinOn Thursday, the Jackson School hosted a celebration to name the Korea Studies Program for Sen. Paull Shin, who represented Washington's 21st Legislative District for 15 years. Shin gathered support for Korea Studies both locally and internationally, as well as supporting legislation to benefit the program. Shin was also instrumental in the creation of the UW Center for Human Rights. Read more.

Posted: June 16, 2014

Middle East Center director writes for the Washington Post Monkey Cage blog

Ellis Goldberg, Middle East Center director, wrote, "A new political dilemma for Egypt’s ruling military," for Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. The most important threat to military rule is the military itself, and the new Egyptian government has taken important but little-noticed steps to eliminate that threat, writes Goldberg. Read more.

Posted: June 5, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama quotes JSIS student on study abroad

Philmon HailePhilmon Haile, a senior majoring in international studies at the UW Jackson School, was quoted by First Lady Michelle Obama on the importance of studying abroad. Obama was talking to American and Chinese students on March 22 at the Stanford Center at Peking University. Haile’s family came to the U.S. from Eritrea as refugees when he was a child. Obama said she was impressed with his way of explaining the importance of studying abroad. Read more.

Posted: June 5, 2014

Alum got 'hooked on international development' at USAID, now VP at World Vision

Kent HillWhen Kent Hill (MA, REECAS, 1976; PhD, Russian History, 1980) finished his MAIS degree at the Jackson School, he originally wanted to become a Foreign Service Officer, but after his interview in San Francisco, he wasn’t selected. So, instead, he set his sights on teaching and a Ph.D. in Russian history from the University of Washington. That turn of events led Hill to Moscow in the Soviet Union, where he gained a lifelong interest in issues of religious freedom. Today Hill is Senior Vice President of International Programs Group at World Vision, U.S. – part of World Vision International, the world’s largest private international development organization. Read more. 

Posted: June 2, 2014

George Long to speak as Jackson School Convocation keynote on June 12

George LongOn June 12, George Long (BA, Korea Studies, 1977; MA, East Asia Studies, 1979; MBA, 1981) will give the keynote speech at the Jackson School's Graduation Convocation. Long is the founder and Chief Investment Officer at LIM Advisors Limited. Long is a recipient of the Thomas L. Hansberger Leadership in Global Investing Award for his contributions to the practice of global investment management. Read more.

Posted: June 2, 2014

Panelists at D.C. forum explore future of international affairs education

One of today's debates around a college education centers around how well prepared students are to be successful and give back to society upon graduation. Participants at a forum on international affairs education on May 7 in Washington, D.C., presented evidence for what most international school administrators already know anecdotally – the interdisciplinary nature of international affairs programs make graduates valuable in a number of professions. Read more. 

Posted: May 29, 2014

MAIS student Kent Oglesby to carry gonfalon at UW Commencement

Kent OglesbyEach year, the Graduate School chooses four gonfalonieres — banner carriers — to represent the Graduate School at the UW Seattle Commencement and to lead graduating master’s and doctoral students into Husky Stadium. One of four gonfalonier nominees, Kent Oglesby, MAIS student, has been chosen to lead all UW 2014 graduating master's and doctoral students into Husky Stadium on June 14. Read more.

Posted: May 29, 2014

A Celebration Honoring the Career and Service of Sen. Paull Shin

Paull ShinThe College of Arts and Sciences and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies are celebrating Paull Shin and his unwavering commitment to the Korea Studies Program at the University of Washington during a ceremony on June 12. The Korea Studies Program will also be named in his honor. Shin is an ardent supporter of the Jackson School's Korea Studies Program and Center for Human Rights. Read more. 

Posted: May 29, 2014

Ph.D. student Gregory Shtrak's research mentioned in Stephen Haggard's blog

Ph.D. student Gregory Shtrak's research was included in Professor Stephen Haggard's blog. Stephen Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor at the University of California, San Diego Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. He contributes to a blog that reports on developments in and around North Korea, including the broader security setting and political, economic, and social change in the country. Read more. 

Posted: May 29, 2014

Professor Joel Migdal is mentioned in Herald editorial "Obama's failed foreign policy"

The Herald of Everett mentions Professor Joel S. Migdal's book Shifting Sands, The United States in the Middle East in its editorial on Obama's failed foreign policy. In his book, Migdal revisits the approach U.S. officials have adopted toward the Middle East since World War II, which, he writes, paid scant attention to transformations in the region. Read more.

Posted: May 29, 2014

Student discusses how studying abroad transformed his life on Rainmakers TV

Kristin Hayden, founder of GlobalWA and member OneWorld Now, sat down with OneWorld Now alum and JSIS student for an exclusive interview with Philmon Haile for a Rainmakers TV to talk about how OWN's study abroad programs are changing lives. Philmon Haile tells us his background, as well as how his study abroad experience though OneWorld Now has changed his life. Watch the interview.

Posted: May 29, 2014

Taso G. Lagos op-ed on political extremism in Europe published in Seattle Times

"Many tourists will head to Europe this year for the incredible scenery, amazing food and stunning culture. But behind the visitors’ bliss lies the growth of extreme anti-immigrant politics that tear at the continent’s very soul and smear its global image." Taso G. Lagos, Foreign Studies Director for Hellenic Studies in the Jackson School, wrote an op-ed that was recently published in the Seattle Times regarding the rise of political extremism in Europe. Read more. 

Posted: May 29, 2014

Jackson School signs research agreement with Korea Maritime Institute

Partnership signingThe Jackson School signed a research agreement for academic cooperation with the Korea Maritime Institute in Seoul on May 19. Specific fields of cooperation are Arctic policy and maritime research. The agreement was signed by Dr. Chin Soo, Lim, Vice President of the Korea Maritime Institute; Professor Vincent Gallucci, Director of the Canadian Studies Center; Judy Howard, Divisional Dean of Social Sciences for College of Arts and Sciences; Reşat Kasaba, Director of the Jackson School of International Studies; and Jeffrey Riedinger, Vice Provost for the Office of Global Affairs. Read more.

Posted: May 22, 2014

Alum brings event about women’s empowerment to Seattle May 20

A passion for women’s empowerment and an interest in microfinance coalesced for Jackson School of International Studies alum Arundhati (Pal) Sambataro (BA, international studies and chemistry, 2006) during an internship at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 2008.
Read more. 

Posted: May 22, 2014

KUOW catches up with Professor Joel Migdal to discuss his recent publication

KUOW Public Radio's Steve Scher gets an exclusive interview with Jackson School Professor Joel Migdal about his new book Shifting Sands: The United States and The Middle East. Listen here.

Posted: May 20, 2014

Student receives Bonderman Fellowship to travel in 2014

Wanda Bertram, a Global Studies major, was selected by the UW Honors Program as one of the Bonderman Fellows for 2014. This prestigious and generous fellowship will enable Bertram to travel across several regions of the world in 2014-15. She plans to explore the ways that local storytelling customs help people in various stages of social upheaval to historicize their experience. Read more.

Posted: May 20, 2014

Visit by New York Times foreign correspondent Suzanne Daley featured in The Daily

New York Times foreign correspondent Suzanne Daley spoke May 15 about the “Rise of the Far Right in Europe.” The Hellenic Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies hosted her visit. The far right is authoritarian in nature, founded upon the establishment of strict social hierarchies, and often “baldly racist and anti-Semitic,” Daley said. The talk was given in light of the upcoming European Union parliamentary elections, to be held May 22-25. She said the far right is likely to make big gains. Read more.

Posted: May 15, 2014

Luce Scholar finds 'a giant family' while working at Thai library

Gennie Gebhart was nominated by the UW and selected by a national committee as a recipient of the exclusive Luce Scholarship Program, which immerses people in Asian cultures. She spent the last year living in Laos and Thailand, learning to speak the local languages and working at the Chiang Mai University Library. She is the only foreigner working at the library, and she said the 90 other Thai staff members have become like a giant family. Read more.

Posted: April 28, 2014 

Rosenthal Fellow's D.C. work affirms interest in politics

Wes Kovarik (MAIS/JD 2014) had known from a young age that he was interested in politics, but this past summer, his longtime interest solidified after getting a real taste of political work life in the nation’s capital. Kovarik was one of 23 students selected last year for the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship, a nation-wide program for graduate students interested in international relations. Read more.

Posted: April 24, 2014

JSIS faculty books published

A number of faculty have published books in recent weeks: 

  • Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development by Sunila S. Kale
  • Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East by Joel S. Migdal
  • 86 Days in Greece: A Time of Crisis by Taso Lagos
  • Strategic Water: Iraq and Security Planning in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin by Frederick Lorenz and Edward J. Erickson 
  • Confronting Memories of World War II: European and Asian Legacies edited by Daniel Chirot, Gi-Wook Shin, and Daniel Sneider

Read more.

Posted: April 14, 2014

Class 'has given me a more holistic understanding of my past'

Austin LeAustin 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

"Turkey, the EU, and the West: A Changing Landscape"

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

First Lady Michelle Obama quotes JSIS student on study abroad

Philmon Haile, a senior majoring in international studies at the UW Jackson School, was quoted by First Lady Michelle Obama on the importance of studying abroad. Obama was talking to American and Chinese students on March 22 at the Stanford Center at Peking University. Haile’s family came to the U.S. from Eritrea as refugees when he was a child. Obama said she was impressed with his way of explaining the importance of studying abroad. She says in this YouTube clip: “Of his experience studying in China he said, ‘Study abroad is a powerful vehicle for people-to-people exchange as we move into a new era of citizen diplomacy.”

Haile has studied abroad in China twice, first in high school as part of the One World Now! global leadership program and later as a Confucius Institute scholar studying Chinese literature. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and he recently spent a quarter learning Arabic in Amman, Jordan.

Watch the video >>

Posted: March 27, 2014

Join Taso G. Lagos for his book launch in April

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 

'Future of Ice' initiative prepares students for leadership in the Arctic

Erica EscajedaThrough 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 revives Ladino: a language on the brink of extinction

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

Radnitz writes in Washington Post blog about Ukraine crisis

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.

Posted: March 8, 2014

Lucero talks about post-Chavez Venezuela on KUOW

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.

Posted: March 6, 2014

Three years later: Authoritarian governance since Arab uprisings

Steven HeydemannIn 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

University of Washington and Microsoft unite on major USAID Initiative

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

Ambassador Thomas Pickering stresses importance of dialogue

Ambassador Thomas PickeringGlobal 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

Two former UW Post-Doctoral Fellows awarded 2013 National Jewish Book Awards

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

Posted: January 24, 2014

Feb. 5: Ambassador Pickering on 'Challenges Facing the U.S.'

Ambassador PickeringOn 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

Introducing a 10-month degree option for mid-career professionals

MAAIS adThe 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

Student group hosts discussion on Central African Republic crisis

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

Remembering Nelson Mandela

The African Studies Program and the Jackson School of International Studies join the world in mourning the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Read more.

Posted: December 5, 2013

UW students learning Inuit language with help of FLAS fellowship

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

Video: Prof. Pyle lectures on 'Hiroshima and the Historians'

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

Student group hosts discussion on Central African Republic crisis

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

Center for Human Rights to receive Seattle Human Rights Award

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

UW students learning Inuit language with help of fellowship

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

CIA analyst shares the back story on 9/11, hunt for Osama bin Laden

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

Professor Vicente Rafael says Tacloban will recover from typhoon

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

Professor Kenneth B. Pyle is quoted in the HeraldNet article, 'Kennedy's unfinished life'

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

CIA analyst shares the back story on 9/11, hunt for bin Laden

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

The Crisis in The Central African Republic: JSSA hosts a discussion with Professor Chirot

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 director in Foreign Policy: 'Why the Carrot Isn't Working, Either'

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

Prof. Goldberg publishes article on Islam and politics in openDemocracy

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

Nov. 19: Economist Jagdish Bhagwati on 'Why Growth Matters'

Bhagwati 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

Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies speaks at Canadian Consulate

Tony PenikettThe 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

The Daily: Kazakhstan ambassador to U.S. discusses country's future

Kairat UmarovKazakhstan'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

JewDub Talks: Four 15-minute faculty presentations on Nov. 7

JewDub Talks logoOn 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

Turkish journalist Çandar: Future of Middle East hinges on Syria

CandarDespite 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

Welcome, inaugural Ph.D. cohort!

PhD studentsThe 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

Celebrate UW Homecoming! Be a Student for a Day Oct. 24-25

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

Jackson School Student Association info session Oct. 16 in HUB Games

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

Ambassador will honor Rick Steves at EU Center event Oct. 7

Rick StevesWhen 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

Journalist Cengiz Çandar on 'Turkey and the Changing Middle East'

Cengiz CandarOn 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

Oct. 1: 'The Middle East: A Roundtable Discussion' with 4 faculty

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; Reşat 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

Empowering Women: Alumna works at center featured in Burke exhibit

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

Gary Hamilton awarded visiting research professorship at University of Hong Kong

Gary HamiltonThe 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

Northwest Asian Weekly to award Hellmann 2013 Visionary Award

Donald HellmannDonald 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

Scott Montgomery gives talk at Academy of Sciences roundtable

Scott MontgomeryLecturer 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

Download your summer 2013 edition of The Jackson Report

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
  • Alumni updates

Download a PDF of the summer edition of The Jackson Report.

Posted: August 20, 2013

Alum travels to Hungary as finalist in global public-policy challenge

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

Radnitz article explores notion of 'spillover' of chaos to Central Asia

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

Ladino, Jewish languages expert to teach at UW during Fall Quarter

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.

Read more about these and other courses offered in fall quarter.

Posted: August 1, 2013

Master Teacher Institute addresses climate change

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 publishes article based on research

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

Alumnus at U.S. Chamber strives to protect international property

Jasper MacSlarrowWhen 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

Panel discusses Arctic in terms of science, law, indigenous people

Arctic panelistOn 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

Greece study-abroad students collaborate with locals to sell T-shirts

T-shirt designStudents 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

Reform for Egypt? Ellis Goldberg analyzes situation on KUOW

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

Panelists: U.S.-Russia cooperation leaves room for improvement

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

M.A. student named 2013 Bonderman Fellow

Daniel MillerDaniel 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

Congratulations Jackson School of International Studies graduates!

See pictures from the Jackson School Convocation ceremony and watch a video played at the event.

Posted: June 24, 2013

Jackson School director's editorials on Turkey in Seattle Times, Crosscut

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

Panel June 18 on Russian relations and implications for the West

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

Working for justice in El Salvador

Students talking with Salvadoran womanDuring 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

Jennifer Lee ('06): Convocation Keynote Speaker

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 debate Europe with EU decision-makers

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

2 faculty selected for Simpson Center Society of Scholars

Devin Naar reads a Sephardic Jewish text written in the Judeo-Spanish language known as Ladino.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

 'Exploring Asia' event leaves lasting impact on local educators

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

Book: Sense of duty creates new kind of jihadist in Kashmir

book coverCabeiri 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

Task Force groups take on world’s biggest policy challenges

Task Force studentsIt 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

EU diplomat: 4 steps to a low-carbon economy

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

Graduate students awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study in Middle East

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

Four projects receive funding from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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

Rosenthal Fellow will spend summer in D.C. working for Rep. McDermott

Wes KovarikWes 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

BurgsmuellerOn 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 KaleSunila 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
Cosmos Club
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

Ellison Center

Tuesday April 3, 2012
7:00 PM
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.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact


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
7:00 PM
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.