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The study of politics often requires an intense focus on the contentious mechanics of deal-making and diplomacy between parties in competition for scarce resources. However, in the quiet of summer here on the UMass campus, the Department of Political Science was delighted to get a reminder of the softer side of international relations. The latest issue of the UMass alumni magazine featured the touching story of Anil (’73PhD) and Bannu (‘73G) Shrikhande.

Paul Musgrave, political science, is interviewed on the local public affairs program Connecting Point about the similarities and difference between the U.S. approach to nuclear-armed North Korea and non-nuclear Iran. He says the fact that the Trump administration is talking to the North Koreans is remarkable, although he also notes the discussions have not produced any breakthroughs. (WGBY-TV 57, 7/9/19)

John Bolton is warning of a “Clash of Civilizations” with China. Here are the five things you need to know by Professor Musgrave. (The Washington Post, 7/18

Political Science Professor Tatishe Nteta, whose work with Brian Schaffner and Matt McWilliams on the respective roles of racism and hostile sexism in public support for Trump was recently featured in the Economist.


Paul Musgrave, political science, says Chinese students at American colleges and universities could become pawns in the trade war between China and the U.S. He says Chinese students pay full tuition to schools and if they left, colleges and universities would face significant financial difficulties.

Political science graduate student Kevin Henderson discusses the history of the Pride movement in a television interview on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The riots sparked the start of the LGBTQ civil rights movement in the U.S. (WGBY Connecting Point, 6/26/19)

Congratulations to Kaylee Johnson, who recently accepted a position as a Strategic Insights Specialist at American Student Assistance. In this position, Kaylee will be designing, fielding, and analyzing surveys about trends in secondary and higher education, as well as doing program evaluation research.

New research claims that the U.S. public doesn’t care about protecting enemy civilians. It is wrong—and dangerous.

Charli Carpenter, who recently wrote for Foreign Policy to describe her recent research. This work challenges a recent study which purported to show widespread American support for strikes against civilian targets in North Korea and Iran, by demonstrating that Americans want leaders to follow international prohibitions against targeting civilians. (Foreign Policy, 6/27)

Commenting on differences in foreign policy positions among Democratic candidates for president, Paul Musgrave, political science, says Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg want to restore and reform Obama-era policies while Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want to reshape U.S. foreign policy. (Vox, 6/26/19)

Over 25 years ago, when the public first gained access to the Internet, UMASS Amherst Legal Studies Distinguished Professor Emeritus Ethan Katsh envisioned the growth of online conflicts and, therefore, the possibilities for online dispute resolution (ODR). He not only pioneered a new subfield of law and society, his vision impacted e-commerce and eventually the slow moving court system. While a few other countries have already been effectively integrating ODR into courts, the U.S. has finally joined in as New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Nakamura states in announcing the first ODR court project.
Congratulations, Ethan, on helping increase access to justice in the U.S.!

Professor Musgrave's recent piece: "Trump Bends Over to Kiss the Blarney State" in Foreign Policy receives a response from the Irish ambassador to the US. See full response here and for additional comments please click on Twitter.