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Political Science Professor, Raymond J. LaRaja, was the keynote speaker for a conference sponsored by France's Institute for Strategic Research at the Military School (IRSEM). His topic was "The United States: a power in transition? Trump's America and US Strategic Issues for 2020." 

Associate Professor Kevin Young and Professor Charli Carpenter published an article in International Studies Quarterly this month that has appeared on the journal's "most read" list! The very popular article is entitled, "Does Science Fiction Affect Political Fact? Yes and No: A Survey Experiment on 'Killer Robots".

Political Science Senior, Elena Valenzuela-Stookey wrote an Op-ed piece that was published in the New York Times Opinion Section on October 13. The article, titled "Hello! May I Assist You in Taking on a Lifetime of Debt?" focuses on student debt and is taken from the perspective of her summer student work with the University Helpline. 

Congratulations to Regine Spector, whose book, Order at the Bazaar (Cornell University Press, 2017) has been awarded honorable mention for the Ed A. Hewett Prize for best book on the topic of political economy in Russia, Eurasia  and Eastern Europe (given by the Advancement for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies)

Robert R. Darrow, a doctoral student in political science, comments in a news story about anti-wind farm activists in Europe and why the developing wind energy sector the U.S. could begin to see similar opposition. 

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a news story about the possible implications of reports published by Bloomberg that Chinese hackers have planted malicious computer chips in electronic equipment used by top U.S. technology companies. 

Jane Fountain, distinguished professor of public policy and political science, has been invited by the League of Arab States to join an advisory group on the development of a digital economy in Arab nations.

Paul M. Collins, political science and director of legal studies, is co-author of an essay in The Conversation on how during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justices, interruptions by senators and the nominees have increased since the 1980s. 

Sheldon Goldman, political science, says the partisan sentiments expressed by Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a recent hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was a direct appeal to the party of Donald J. Trump.

We are pleased to announce that Basileus Zeno has been awarded the Best Graduate Student Paper in Religion and International Relations Award from the International Studies Association.