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Throughout the Cold War, nuclear weapons were the main existential threat to the planet. But they were also considered vital to powerful nations. With no chance of getting those players to give them up, possession and use of the weapons was simply regulated at the margins. But thanks to the concerted work of a coalition of activists, nuclear weapons were banned outright in a 2017 treaty that has been signed by 70 countries and ratified by 23…Read the rest of the article here.

Paul Musgrave is interviewed on the local public affairs program Connecting Point about how in one of his courses, he assigns students an essay and podcast on the politics of the end of the world. He says while students find it challenging, they often enjoy learning to think about possible events they hadn’t previously considered. 

Congratulations to Samantha Davis who has been awarded a summer fellowship with the WEB Du Bois Center to support her dissertation research.

  1. Podcast: "Why Washington can't escape the West Wing".
  2. JSTOR "The Civilian Solution to Bank Robberies", Paul Musgrave quoted.
  3. "The Missing Links: Choosing and Rejecting International Issue Linkages in the Presidential Interest". Presidential Studies Quarterly.
  4. "Universities Aren't Ready for Trade War Casualties", Foreign Policy.
  5. U.S. Tariff War with China, Connecting Point.
  6. "IR Theory and 'Game of Thrones' Are Both Fantasies" Foreign Policy.

Peter Haas co-authored with Kate O'Neil: “Being there: International Negotiations as Study Sites in Global Environmental Politics” Global Environmental Governance 19:2 (May) pp 4-13.

Charli Carpenter published an article in Foreign Affairs titled: “Game of Thrones as Theory” back in 2012 and it's now highlighted in light of the Game Of Thrones finale. The article explains how the show is not as Machiavellan as it seems, and is instead a deeply progressive, human-security-focused narrative about power, justice and the dangers of unchecked realpolitik. (Foreign Affairs, 5/19/19)

Among the foreign-policy intelligentsia, and society broadly, interpreting Game of Thrones (and the book series by George R. R. Martin that the show is based on) has become a cottage industry. Every political analyst, historian, or theorist has his or her take on what lessons can be drawn from the story for real-world foreign policy. This enthusiasm tells us something about the show’s political implications: fans and writers argue over Game of Thrones precisely because there is power in interpreting a story to support one’s own arguments about what is right and who gets to choose. (Foreign Affairs, 5/27/19)

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst honored the exemplary achievement, initiative and leadership of some of its most talented and accomplished graduating seniors during Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 10 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Three of the ten members of the graduating class are within the Department of Political Science. They were honored as 21st Century Leaders at Undergraduate Commencement:

In 1972, the US Congress passed Title IX  to address sex discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal aid. Four decades on, Elizabeth A. SharrowJames N. Druckman and Jacob E. Rothschild take a close look at current perceptions of how Title IX has been implemented, with a specific focus on its effects on college athletes. They find that not only are student athletes aware that there should be gender equity – and in fact recognize existing inequities – they are also willing to take action to promote more equitable practices by universities.

Alexandria Nylen, an advanced PhD Candidate in International Relations, has had a paper accepted in the very prestigious European Journal of International Relations! This journal is ranked 6th by the most recent Teaching and Research in International Politics survey. EJIR accepts only 12% of papers, and to publish there as a PhD candidate is a tremendous achievement. 

Two outstanding staff members have been recognized this spring for their exemplary work in the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). Mary Ann Libardi, Director of Personnel for the SBS Dean’s Office, and Aaron Tauscher, Financial Manager for the Department of Political Science, were chosen by a committee of their peers from a highly competitive pool of nominees. The Outstanding Staff Award is given to those who have made an impact on SBS by fostering a collaborative environment, creating a positive work environment, implementing innovative work processes or systems, and exemplifying integrity and dedication.

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