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Boroujerdi op-ed on US-Iran tensions published in US News

"If the White House game plan was based on the premise that imposing more robust sanctions would cause a popular uprising by the Iranian people to bring down the regime, it badly miscalculated," writes Professor of Political Science Mehrzad Boroujerdi. "Instead, the nuclear withdrawal convinced Tehran that ill will should beget ill will."

June 25, 2019

Boroujerdi weighs in on US-Iran tensions in Washington Times

"The Iranians do have an appetite for negotiating, but I think what is holding things up right now—and that’s the part that the Trump administration perhaps is not really comprehending—is they have to save face," says Professor of Political Science Mehrzad Boroujerdi.

June 19, 2019

Boroujerdi discusses Japanese PM's visit to Iran in ThinkProgress

Mehrzad Boroujerdi was interviewed for the ThinkProgress article "Japanese PM’s visit to Iran might cool tensions between Tehran and Washington." According to Boroujerdi, the meeting between the Japanese prime minister and Iran essentially constitutes indirect talks between Iran and the United States. "That is the main reason for the trip regardless of what each side says," Borourjerdi said
June 13, 2019

Koch discusses her book The Geopolitics of Spectacle on BBC Radio

Natalie Koch, associate professor of geography, was recently interviewed on BBC Radio for the segment "Spectacular Cities - from Kazakhstan to the United Arab Emirates." Koch discusses her book, The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche, and the New Capitals of Asia (Cornell University Press, 2018), in which she evaluates how autocratic rulers use spectacular projects, such as “lavishly built landscapes and celebrations,” to govern and legitimate their power. 03/15/19
March 15, 2019

Miriam Elman speaks to WAER about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Miriam Elman, associate professor of political science, was interviewed for the WAER story "S.U. Israeli-Palestinian Expert: U.S. Embassy Opening in Jerusalem 'Corrects Diplomatic Anomaly'." Elman says the militant group Hamas is trying to manipulate public opinion by aggravating the situation in Gaza and linking it to the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem
May 17, 2018

Miriam Elman cited in Jewish News Syndicate article on Democrats' support for Israel

Miriam Elman, associate professor of political science, spoke with the Jewish News Syndicate for their article, "As Democrats’ support for Israel drops, political scientists debate the causes." According to Elman, the Democratic Party has been veering closer toward the far left in recent years. "It’s not surprising to find dropping sympathy for Israel as this happens," says Elman, "because for the far left, identity politics dominates as an overarching world view, in which both Israel and America are cast as white supremacist, colonialist, and capitalist oppressors of minority rights and liberties." 01/29/18
January 29, 2018

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