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  • Khalil discusses impact of the Abraham Accords in Armada International

    Leaders in Washington, D.C., have concluded that President Biden will probably not seek to change "the Abraham Accords," the U.S.-brokered agreements that normalized Israeli diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates and with Bahrain. Osamah Khalil, associate professor of history, says that "the Abraham Accords will facilitate greater arms sales to the Persian Gulf region. Even before the agreement, the United Arab Emirates sought a greater role in U.S. military planning and operations and purchased large quantities of U.S. weapons." Khalil was quoted in the Armada International article, "New Dimension to Gulf."



    Lambright study on globalizing public administration published

    "Charting three trajectories for globalizing public administration research and theory," co-authored by Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Harry Lambright, was published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration. Lambright and his co-authors highlight three trajectories. The first is to build generalizable theories to enhance global applicability. The second trajectory is to be more inclusive of diverse perspectives in the mainstream of public administration scholarship. The final trajectory is to scale up the lens of inquiry beyond the nation-state to include global governance actors and organizations.



    Landes quoted in CTV story on COVID vaccine, people with disabilities

    Canada's national advisory committee on immunization released updated guidance for vaccine prioritization and disabled people living in group homes are mentioned under "Stage 2," but there is no direct mention of those not living in a group home. Advocates argue that disabled people should be included in the initial stages of vaccination because some disabled people struggle with public health measures such as wearing a mask and physical distancing. In addition, "Susceptibility to pneumonia and respiratory diseases are typically higher" for people with disabilities, says Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology. He was quoted in the CTV article, "Advocates worry as most disabled people left off vaccine priority list."



    Carboni's research on giving circles cited in Nonprofit Quarterly

    A recent study co-authored by Julia Carboni, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, found significant support for the idea that giving circles can be effective tools for economic and racial justice: "In the current context of philanthropic and wider societal attention to empowering marginalized groups, supporting [giving circles] presents philanthropy with a way to support and expand social justice and equity in philanthropy." The study, along with previous research conducted by Carboni on giving circles, was cited in the Nonprofit Quarterly article, "Can Giving Circles Democratize Philanthropy?"



    Lovely speaks to SCMP about the EU's new trade policy

    Last week, the European Union unveiled a new foreign trade policy that signals greater cooperation with Washington and warns of unspecified measures it reserves the right to take against China to blunt "negative spillovers" from the approach Beijing takes to trade and investment. "The new EU trade policy tries to strike a principled balance between the U.S. and China, with clear signals to both that it will set its own course," says Professor Mary Lovely. "Finding a way forward that is both 'open' and 'autonomous' will be difficult, however, as openness brings interdependence," she says. Read more in the South China Morning Post article, "European Union unveils new trade policy, warns of measures to blunt 'negative spillovers' from China."



    Monnat discusses increase in overdoses during the pandemic in VICE

    Between May 2019 and May 2020, according to CDC data, more than 80,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, a rise of nearly 20%. The most pronounced jump in deaths during this period occurred between March and May last year, when COVID-19 lockdowns took effect. "At its core, I think addiction is about a need for connection," says Shannon Monnat.. "My research shows that work, family and community are the three most important factors for understanding why drug overdose rates are higher in some places than others. ...If we don’t have those connections, we might seek it out elsewhere, for example with drugs," she says. Monnat was quoted in the VICE article, "Pain and Isolation Are Driving America’s Lockdown Overdose Surge."



    Hammond provides planning tips for grad students in Inside Higher Ed

    Timur Hammond, assistant professor of geography and the environment, outlines some small changes graduate students can make in how they relate to their work that might create a little more space for joy, happiness and mental health. His article, "8 Tips for Grad Students for Planning in 2021," was published in Inside Higher Ed.



    Keck quoted in CSM article on the impeachment process

    After two tumultuous impeachments of former President Donald Trump in little over a year, it’s clear that today the impeachment process works far differently than the Founding Fathers intended. "What I would emphasize is that there are structural problems with our democracy, some of which are really hard to fix, but some of which have emerged recently which there are fixes for," says Thomas Keck, professor of political science and Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics. Read more in the Christian Science Monitor article, "Four impeachments, zero removals: Sign of cracks in Constitution?"



    Barkun participates in ICSVE discussion panel on QAnon

    Professor Emeritus of Political Science Michael Barkun recently participated in a panel discussion titled "Understanding QAnon," that was hosted by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). The panelists discussed the dangers of conspiracy theories, the processes of joining and leaving cults (and whether QAnon is itself a cult), and the threat that the United States faces from QAnon now that Joe Biden is President.



    Gadarian speaks to WTSP about post-COVID mask-wearing

    Masks are part of our everyday routine right now but will Americans continue to wear them post-pandemic? "There's a cultural norm in China or in Hong Kong and other places to wear a mask when you yourself are sick, but in the U.S. the culture of individualism or individual choice is very strong," says Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science. "To make people believe they are the experts in their own health decisions and they should do what helps them, rather than the community is a big hurdle to overcome," Gadarian says. Read more in the WTSP article, "Life after COVID: Will people still wear masks after the pandemic?"



    Monnat quoted in article on Onondaga County deaths

    Onondaga County saw more people die in 2020 than any year since at least 1970—but COVID-19 isn’t likely the only reason. The reason behind 2020′s death toll is further muddied by the fact that the shutdown might have, paradoxically, saved some lives. "It could be that deaths from certain causes declined and therefore offset the increase due to COVID," says Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "For example, there may have been a decline in motor vehicle fatalities due to less traffic, thereby offsetting the increase from COVID deaths." Monnat was quoted in the article, "More Onondaga County residents died in 2020 than in at least 50 years. It wasn’t all COVID."



    Coffel piece on climate change, thermal power plants published in CB

    "How global warming is making power plants produce less electricity," co-authored by Assistant Professor of Geography and the Environment Ethan Coffel, was published in Carbon Brief. The coal, gas and nuclear power plants that generate most of the world’s electricity have to be kept cool in order to function properly, Coffel and co-author Dr. Justin Mankin write. However, this will be increasingly challenging as the world gets warmer. Instead, Coffel and Mankin say nations should focus on technologies such as solar and wind, which produce fewer emissions and are less impacted by hot weather, so the electricity sector will be both less of a contributor to—and victim of—climate change.



    Lovely discusses resilience of US supply chains on Brookings podcast

    Global trade may not dominate the news in the early days of Joe Biden’s presidency, but it does factor into many of the challenges the United States is currently facing. Professor Mary Lovely was a guest on the Brookings Institution podcast "Dollar & Sense" to discuss the resilience of U.S. supply chains, the potential effects of Biden’s "Buy American" policy, U.S. engagement with China, and other early lessons from the Biden administration’s emerging trade agenda.



    Reeher speaks to Newsweek about polarization in Congress

    Professor Grant Reeher says that he doesn't see "a lot of prospects" for Congress to govern in a bipartisan way "in the short term or the near long term," pointing out that the current level of political polarization has been decades in the making. "Ironically, what it will probably take to create more bipartisanship is for one party to establish clear, stable control of an institution," he says. "This happened for a good chunk of the 20th century with Democrats in Congress, and for a shorter period of time, with Republicans in the White House," Reeher explains. Read more in the Newsweek article, "Amid GOP Infighting Over Trump, Republicans Agree on Opposing Biden's Agenda."



    Michelmore quoted in BBC News article on US monthly child benefit

    Democrats are hoping to include a monthly child benefit—which could pay up to $300 per month per child—as part of a larger coronavirus spending package. Currently the U.S. relies on an annual tax credit to offset the costs of having children. How much money a family gets depends on how much a family makes—and therefore owes in taxes—a design that critics say leaves out those who need it most. "There's just a lot of kids that don't get the credit," says Katherine Michelmore, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs. Read more in the BBC News article, "Why the US is eyeing a $300 monthly child benefit."



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