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Huber Talks to Real Change News About Carbon Pricing Programs

The fact that the costs of compliance are typically borne by workers and consumers is a fundamental flaw of carbon pricing programs, says Matthew Huber, professor of geography and the environment. It’s one that, he suggests, has led to the Biden administration’s relatively skeptical stance on cap-and-trade programs.

March 20, 2023

Abdelaaty Receives ISA Ethnicity, Nationalism & Migration Studies Section’s Distinguished Book Award

"Discrimination and Delegation: Explaining State Responses to Refugees" (Oxford University Press, 2021), written by Associate Professor of Political Science Lamis Abdelaaty, received the Distinguished Book Award from the International Studies Association's Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration Studies section.

March 17, 2023

Russell Sage Foundation Awards Grant for Kristy Buzard’s Research Project ‘Who Ya Gonna Call?’

Buzard, associate professor of economics, is part of a three-member team that will explore the extent to which mothers are more likely than fathers to be contacted by their child’s school.

March 14, 2023

McCormick Comments on the Use of Military Force Against Mexican Drug Cartels in Dallas Morning News

Gladys McCormick, associate professor of history, says Mexico already has a significant police and military presence on its side of the border and efforts to confront the cartels militarily have not solved the problem. “It’s been tried and it has failed colossally,” McCormick says. “So the idea to sort of try it again to me sounds utterly irresponsible.”


March 14, 2023

Griffiths Contributes to New Book on Self-Determination and Secession

Ryan Griffiths, Aleksandar Pavković, Peter Radan

Ryan Griffiths, associate professor of political science, has contributed to and co-edited “The Routledge Handbook of Self-Determination and Secession” (Routledge, 2023). It investigates debates surrounding issues of self-determination and secession as well as the legal, political and normative implications they give rise to.

March 10, 2023

Taylor Discusses Russian Political Stability at CNAS Forum and in Washington Times Article

As we pass the one-year anniversary of Russia’s war in Ukraine, numerous factors such as the Russian military’s poor performance, Putin’s botched mobilization, mounting casualties, economic challenges resulting from sanctions and export controls, and increasingly visible elite fissures are raising questions about the political stability of the Russian regime. Brian Taylor, professor of political science, weighs in.

March 6, 2023

Thompson Quoted in France 24 Article on Nikki Haley and Donald Trump

"Nikki Haley has to negotiate the very thin line between differentiating herself from Donald Trump and still appealing to—or not alienating herself from—his supporters, who still constitute the vast majority of CPAC activists and GOP primary participants," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science.

March 3, 2023

Sultana Talks to Inside Climate News About the COP27 Loss and Damage Agreement

“When you can’t adapt to climate change at all and face interconnected issues surrounding loss and damage, the unbearable heaviness of climate coloniality is worsened,” says Farhana Sultana, professor of geography and the environment. “This means destruction, devastation and loss are so profound that one can’t finance one’s way out of it.”

March 3, 2023

Purser Discusses the Impact of Short-Duration Strikes in Bloomberg Law Article

“They capture the attention of management in a much more dramatic way than other forms of action and negotiation,” says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. “They’re showing the capacity for the workers to take collective action.”

February 28, 2023

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Griffiths Speaks with Pluribus News About American Secessionist Movements

“Those processes, they’re hard to pull off. You need to have both sides in agreement. It just doesn’t happen that much,” says Ryan Griffiths, associate professor of political science. “The thresholds for success are just too high to make it work.”

February 28, 2023

One Year Later: Taylor Talks to WRVO About the Invasion Into Ukraine

For Brian Taylor, professor of political science, the biggest take from the one-year anniversary is Ukraine is still standing. "A year ago a lot of people might not have expected that, given Russia’s size, the size of the population, the size of its army, the size of its economy," Taylor says.

February 27, 2023

See related: Conflict, NATO, Russia, Ukraine

Taylor Speaks with La Presse About the War in Ukraine, Russia’s Persistence

The concentration of troops in the east of the country shows that the Russian president has not given up on his goal of enslaving Ukraine despite multiple setbacks since the launch of the invasion, says Brian Taylor, professor of political science.

February 22, 2023

See related: Conflict, Russia, Ukraine

Taylor Speaks with La Presse About Russian Oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin

"My impression is that his power and visibility have increased a lot since the start of the war in Ukraine," says Brian Taylor, professor of political science. "He's a much more public figure than a year ago, and I think that reflects his ambition. And, up to a certain point, the impression it has of its current usefulness."

February 7, 2023

Abdelaaty Selected as a 2023 Migration Politics Residential Fellow

As a fellow, Lamis Abdelaaty, associate professor of political science, will work on her proposal, "The Emissary Speaks: Political Agency in Refugee-UNHCR Correspondence."

January 27, 2023

Herrold’s “Delta Democracy” Reviewed in Democratization

"Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt Beyond" (Oxford University Press, 2020), written by Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Catherine Herrold, was reviewed in Democratization.

January 27, 2023

McCormick Talks With BBC Newshour About the US Trial of Mexico’s Former Drug Czar

"Here we have yet one more opportunity to fully flesh out and understand what went wrong with the drug war in Mexico and why it could arguably be considered to be a colossal failure," says Gladys McCormick, associate professor of history and Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations.

January 25, 2023

Hromadžić Featured in Al Jazeera Article on the Balkans and the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

"People in the Balkans are trapped in ethnic grids, in a monstrous bureaucracy that doesn't work, brought to a 'status quo' that is paralyzing," says Azra Hromadžić, associate professor of anthropology. 

January 20, 2023

Thompson Talks to WRVO About the Scrutiny Surrounding Rep. George Santos

"If people decide that they will vote for somebody, regardless of what they may have done in their past, that's one thing," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "But if they vote under the misconception that somebody is what they say they are and then they find out later when it's too late that [it] is wrong. That's a very different situation."

January 18, 2023

Purser Weighs in on New York’s Minimum Wage Increase in WAER Article

"Because what we have been experiencing in recent years has been really historic levels of in terms of increase of the cost of living," says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. "And so this increased minimum wage doesn't reflect what we have all been experiencing, which is the rising cost of living."

January 17, 2023

See related: Income, Labor, New York State

Attitudes about Refugees and Immigrants Arriving in the United States: A Conjoint Experiment

Liza G. Steele, Lamis Abdelaaty, Nga Than

"Attitudes about Refugees and Immigrants Arriving in the United States: A Conjoint Experiment," authored by Associate Professor of Political Science Lamis Abdelaaty, was published in Ethnic and Racial Studies.

January 13, 2023

See related: Refugees, United States

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Conversations in Conflict Studies- Women and the Kachin Conflict

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“Women and the Kachin Conflict.” Guest Speaker: S. Hkawng Naw, Executive Master of Public Administration Graduate Student, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.  Women and children are suffering the most in the armed conflict in the northern part of Myanmar. Beginning in 2011, the armed conflict emerged between the Burmese government army and the Kachin Independent Army (KIA), which ended a seventeen-year ceasefire. Due to the conflict, there are more than a hundred thousand people displaced, the majority of whom are women and children. In the conflict, many Kachin women experience sexual violence, including rape-murder by the Burmese army, and they are forgotten victims. Moreover, lack of refugee protection and shortages of humanitarian aid have become significant new push factors driving human trafficking to China. It has been difficult for Kachin activists and civil society groups to lobby and advocate through the UN and the international community to find justice for these victims. 


Conversations in Conflict Studies is a weekly educational speaker series for students, faculty, and the community. The series, sponsored by PARCC, draws its speakers from Syracuse University faculty, national and international scholars and activists, and PhD students. Pizza is served. Follow us on Twitter @PARCCatMaxwell, tweet #ConvoInConflict.

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