Do economic sanctions work? Are big democracies any good at spreading democracy? What is the root cause of terrorism? It turns out that data analysis can help answer all these questions — and make better foreign-policy decisions. Guests include former Department of Defense officials Chuck Hagel and Michèle Flournoy and Chicago Project on Security and Threats researchers Robert Pape and Paul Poast. Recorded live in Chicago; Steve Levitt is co-host.
Harper 140. October 30th, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
We invite you to join the Committee on International Relations, the Chicago Project on Security and Threats, and the South Asian Students Association as we welcome Sushant Singh to campus for a conversation on India’s relations with China and Pakistan.
Mr. Singh is the Deputy Editor of The Indian Express newspaper in Delhi, India where he writes about national security and international relations topics. Before turning to journalism, he served in the Indian Army for 20 years, including multiple stints in Jammu and Kashmir. He also served as a United Nations Military Observer in Cote D’Ivoire, where he was awarded the UN Secretary General’s medal. Mr. Singh is currently a visiting lecturer at Yale.
The 2019 Hagel Lecture
University of Chicago, Mandel Hall. May 30, 2019
Principled Foreign Policy in a Contentious World: A Conversation with Secretary Madeleine Albright and Secretary Chuck Hagel
The Chicago Project on Security and Threats welcomed Chuck Hagel, the 24th U.S. Secretary of Defense, and keynote speaker Madeleine Albright, the 64th U.S. Secretary of State, as the inaugural lecture in the newly established Hagel Lecture Series. Secretaries Hagel and Albright discussed the importance of civil discourse and principled foreign policy, with CPOST’s director and professor of political science Robert Pape moderating.
Assistant Director, Rochelle Terman, was a Finalist for the Lynne Rienner Publishers Award for Best Dissertation, International Studies Association Human Rights Section, 2019. This on the heels of winning the 2017 Merze Tate (formerly Helen Dwight Reid) Award for the best dissertation in international relations, law, and politics from the American Political Science Association. Congrats, Rochelle, on an impressive run of awards.
Christchurch Call in New Zealand
Recent terrorist attacks around the world, such as Christchurch, Sri Lanka and others, demonstrate the rise of the use of social media as a catalyst for spreading terrorism. CPOST Director, Dr. Pape, was invited by New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to attend the Christchurch Call on May 14 in Paris – a commitment by Governments and tech companies to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.
Asst. Prof. and CPOST Associate Director Benjamin Lessing is among the 32 fellows in this year’s class, announced April 23 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He was chosen from nearly 300 nominations for the honor, one of the most prestigious fellowships of its type. Lessing and prof. Michael Greenstone are the first UChicago scholars to win the award, which was first established in 2015.