On February 24, the Program on Liberation Technology at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) hosted a conference entitled Blogs and Bullets: Social Media and the Struggle for Social Change, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and George Washington University's Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (GW). This event was a high-impact gathering of scholars, academics, and representatives from the Silicon Valley tech community, to examine a very timely subject--how social media is being used to advance political change in developing democracies. Read more »
On November 4, John Prendergast delivered an S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture titled "The Good News from Africa: Success Stories and Their Implications." Prendergast, an activist, author, and co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide, detailed some of the misconceptions about Africa today, and cited popular film examples that fail to dispel misconceptions about Africa's progress concerning issues like the diamond trade or Rwanda's current political atmosphere. Audio & Video transcripts available flyer available
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CISAC in the news
Thirteen members of the 2010 CISAC Honors Class in International Security Studies graduated on a balmy summer day June 11, joining 101 alumni of the popular program that marks its 10th anniversary this year. Read more »
CISAC in the news: NYU Center on International Cooperation on January 20, 2010
Michael Chaitkin, a 2008 CISAC honors graduate, has published his thesis as a policy report at NYU's Center on International Cooperation. The brief includes a forward by Bruce Jones, CIC director and CISAC consulting professor, and Richard Gowan, CIC associate director for policy. The report argues, contrary to the conventional wisdom, that sanctions are more likely to succeed when they yield conditions conducive to bargaining between the parties of the dispute. The author offers two policy recommendations to enable more effective application of sanctions.
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Two APSA dissertation awards for CDDRL faculty Lisa Blaydes and Hewlett Fellow Mark MassoudCDDRL News
Lisa Blaydes, CDDRL Affiliated Faculty, will receive the Gabriel A. Almond Award for her dissertation titled "Competition Without Democracy: Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak's Egypt." Mark Massoud, CDDRL Hewlett Fellow 2008-09, will receive the Edward S. Corwin Award for his dissertation titled "Who Rules the Law? How Government, Civil Society, and Aid Agencies Manipulate Law in Sudan." The awards will be given out at the upcoming 2009 APSA Annual Meeting in Toronto.
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Carlos Pascual, Stanford class of 1980, has been named U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. In an auspicious start to his new role, Pascual joined President Obama in Guadalajara, Mexico on August 9 at the start of the mini-summit with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The annual meeting was started four years ago as a way for the three neighboring countries to build on ties established by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to address contentious trade and immigration issues. Also on the summit agenda this year were the economic crisis, climate change, the swine flu pandemic and the battle against drug trafficking. Read more »
FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News
Addressing the Forum on Contemporary Europe, Ambassador Jan Eliasson offered a new model for global crisis management of concerns ranging from piracy to global poverty. The former president of the U.N. General Assembly called for concerted action by NATO, the EU, the U.N., and others on pressing security and humanitarian issues. Audio transcript available flyer available
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