– Women, Property Rights, and Islam with Feryal Cherif, Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount. Presented by the Department of Political Science Colloquium Series.
– The Possibilities and Perils of the Arab Awakening with Roger Cohen, New York Times Columnist
. Roger Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting foreign editor on September 11, 2001, and foreign editor six months later. Since 2004, he has written a column for the Times-owned International Herald Tribune, first for the news pages and then, since 2007, for the op-ed page. In 2009, he was named a columnist of The New York Times. Cohen has written “Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo” (Random House, 1998), an account of the wars of Yugoslavia’s destruction, and “Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis’ Final Gamble” (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005). He has also co written a biography of General Norman Schwarzkopf, “In the Eye of the Storm,” (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1991). Cohen has won numerous awards and honors, among them: the Peter Weitz Prize for Dispatches from Europe, the Arthur F. Burns Prize, and the Joe Alex Morris lectureship at Harvard University. He received an Overseas Press Club award for his coverage of third world debt in 1987, the Inter-American Press Association “Tom Wallace” Award for feature writing in 1989. “The Post-Bin Laden World.” Presented as part of UCI’s International Education Week, the International Studies Public Forum, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Democracy, Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, and Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality.
– The Implications of the Arab Spring for Middle East Security with Zeev Maoz, Professor, Department of Political Science, UC Davis. Presented by the International Studies Public Forum.
– Reflection on the ‘Arab Spring’ and the Role of Cyber-Dissent in Democratizing the Middle East with Asiya Daud, Claremont Graduate University. Asiya Daud holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University, has traveled and lived throughout the Middle East forming relations with influential political and religious leaders, as well as political activists from opposition groups. Dr. Doud will share insights from her dissertation, entitled “Cyber-Dissent in the Middle East: A Tool of Political Resistance,” and will speak to the underlying reasons that led to the “Arab Spring” (and its subsequent revolutions), how they were carried out, and what forms of social networking (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) led to the political dissent by the people of the Middle East and North Africa regions against their governments. Presented by the UCI Cross-Cultural Center, co-sponsored with the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, Center for Study of Democracy and Center for Citizen Peacebuilding.
– Peacemaking Practice as Engaged Scholarship with Susan Allen Nan, George Mason University. Susan Allen Nan is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution. Her main focus is on intermediary roles and coordination amongst intermediaries. She also works on evaluation of conflict resolution initiatives and community conflict resolution approaches. She is engaged in conflict resolution processes and practices in Eurasia, as well as in Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa. She joined George Mason’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution core faculty in 2005 after two years of teaching on the topic as an assistant professor at the School of International Service, American University. She holds her Ph.D. (2000) and master’s (1995) in international peace and conflict resolution, and between graduate school and joining the faculty at George Mason, she co-founded and directed the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) and served as senior program associate for the conflict resolution program at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA. Her research has been supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace (Peace Scholar award), and the William and Flora I. Hewlett Foundation, Compton Foundation, and Catalyst Fund (with ACT). She is the coeditor of the forthcoming special issue of the journal International Negotiation, which focuses on coordination in conflict resolution. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) and on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Presented by the International Studies Public Forum, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding and Center for the Study of Democracy.
– Citizen Diplomacy: Pakistan-India Track-II Dialogue with Javed Jabbar, Chairman and Chief Executive, JJ Media (Pvt.) Ltd., Pakistan. A lecture by Javed Jabbar, chairman and chief executive of JJ Media (Pvt.) Ltd., Pakistan. A former senator and federal minister of Pakistan, Jabbar has an active interest in a variety of fields including international affairs, volunteer work for rural and urban development, the environment, social issues and mass media. Since 1992, he has served as a member of the longest-running Pakistan-India track-II process, known as the Neemrana Dialogue. Jabbar is the author of several books including his most recent work, Pakistan: Unique Origins, Unique Destiny (National Book Foundation, 2011). Presented by the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding.
– War, Women & Peace with Geena Davis, Academy Award Winner; Abigail Disney, Documentary Filmmaker; Roxanne Varzi, UCI Associate Professor of Anthropology; moderated by Kelly Smith, Center for Living Peace Founder. Appearances by Academy Award winner Geena Davis and documentary filmmaker Abigail Disney, as well as a “Day of Service,” will mark the Southern California debut of “Women, War & Peace,” a bold, five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. PBS SoCal, the Center for Living Peace and UC Irvine are co-sponsoring the events as part of the ongoing Living Peace Series. Kelly Smith, founder of the Center for Living Peace, will moderate a panel featuring Geena Davis, Abigail Disney and UCI associate professor of anthropology Roxanne Varzi discussing the making of “Women, War & Peace,” set to begin airing at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, on PBS SoCal (formerly KOCE-TV).
– Managing a 21st Century Security Agenda: U.S. Foreign Policy Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan with Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Christopher Robert Hill served as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from April 2009 until August 2010. He joined the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in September 2010. He is a career member of the Foreign Service whose prior assignment was assistant secretary of state for east Asian and Pacific affairs. He also served as ambassador to the Republic of Korea. On February 14, 2005, he was named as the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Previously he has served as U.S. ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and special envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as special assistant to the president and senior director for southeast European affairs in the National Security Council. Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Hill served tours in Belgrade, Warsaw, Seoul, and Tirana, and on the Department of State’s policy planning staff and in the Operation Center. While on a fellowship with the American Political Science Association, he served as staff member for Congressman Stephen Solarz working on eastern European issues. He also served as the Department of State’s senior country office for Poland. Hill received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions as a member of the U.S. negotiating team in the Bosnia peace settlement, and was a recipient of the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a B.A. in economics. He received a master’s degree from the Naval War College in 1994. He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian and Macedonian. Presented by the International Studies Public Forum.
– Crescent and Dove: Civil Unrest and Nonviolence in the Middle East Uprisings with Qamar-ul Huda, U.S. Institute of Peace. Qamar-ul Huda is a senior program officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Program and a scholar of Islam at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He is an adjunct associate professor in Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution Program where he teaches religion, ethnicity, identity and conflict resolution to graduate students. He has taught Islamic studies and comparative religion at Boston College, College of the Holy Cross and Brandeis University. His areas of interest are Islamic intellectual history, ethics, comparative religion, the language of violence, conflict resolution and non-violence in contemporary Islam. His edited book, The Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam (USIP Press, 2010), provides a critical analysis of models of nonviolent strategies, peace building efforts, and conflict resolution methods in Muslim communities. Presented by the International Studies Public Forum and the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies.
– Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide with Joshua S. Goldstein. Read the newspapers, and war seems worse than ever. In reality, says author and American University professor Joshua S. Goldstein, however, the decade since 9/11 has been the most peaceful worldwide in the past century. In his up-coming UCI book talk, find out why he says evidence supports this claim, why people don’t believe it, and why he credits the United Nations for much of this progress. This talk is co-sponsored by the UCI Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies and the UCI Center for International Studies.
– Brown Bag Discussion – forum geared towards enhancing more understanding about Muslim student life at UCI. Facilitated by Muslim Student Union and hosted by Vice Chancellor Thomas Parham.
– The Implications of Drones on the Just War Tradition with Daniel R. Brunstetter, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UCI and Megan Braun Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University. As the war on terror moves forward, the U.S. has come to rely more and more on drones to counter the threat posed by terrorism. Drones have arguably enjoyed significant successes in denying terrorists save haven while limiting civilian casualties and protecting U.S. soldiers, but their use has raised ethical concerns. The aim of Brunstetter’s talk is to explore some of the ethical issues raised by the use of drones using the just war tradition as a foundation. He will argue that drones offer the capacity to extend the threshold of last resort for large scale wars by allowing a leader to act more proportionately on just cause. To the extent they become the principle tactic used to fight the war on terror, this will reshape the notion of right intention. However, while being technically capable of improving adherence to jus in bello principles of discrimination and proportionality, concerns regarding transparency and indiscriminate strikes, especially with CIA operated drones, may undermine the probability of success in the war on terror. Presented by the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality.
– Brown Bag Discussion – forum geared towards enhancing more understanding about Jewish life at UCI. Facilitated by Hillel at UCI and hosted by Vice Chancellor Thomas Parham.
– Compassion and Global Leadership with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama returned to UC Irvine to talked about global leadership and thanked the UC Irvine XIV Dalai Lama Scholars for their efforts to foster peace and compassion. Presented by University of California, Irvine in partnership with the Center for Living Peace as part of the ongoing Living Peace Series.
– The Crisis of Arab Authoritarianism with Ariel Ahram, University of Oklahoma. Ariel I. Ahram is assistant professor in the Department of International and Area Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He specializes in the politics of developing world generally and the Middle East specifically. His research focuses substantively on the question of state formation, particularly weak and failing states, and on mixed methods and qualitative research techniques. He earned a Ph.D. in government and M.A. in Arab studies from Georgetown University in 2008 and 2005, respectively, and a B.A. from Brandeis University in 2001. He is the author of Proxy Warriors: The Rise and Fall of State-Sponsored Militias. This event is presented by the International Studies Public Forum (ISPF) co-sponsored by the UCI Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies.
– Cultural Knowledge Production and the Public Understanding: Iran Since the Islamic Revolution. A workshop on the production of Iranian cultural knowledge over the past decades. Through their study of Iranian culture and society, invited participants in this workshop recognize that public understanding of Iran in the West – and particularly the U.S. – is shaped by many genres of cultural production, including novels, films, performance, and political commentary. And yet the question remains: What forms of understanding are being produced, circulated, and integrated into the way people think about Iran? Can there be a productive dialogue about what different genres of cultural production accomplish? What is shaping cultural production in/about Iran, and what are the implications? This workshop will seek to address answers to these questions. Presented by the Center for Ethnography and the Center for Persian Studies and Culture.
– Multiplying Perspectives: A Study of Targeted Narrative and Empathy Intervention with U.S. Diaspora Communities with Johanna Solomon, Graduate Student, Political Science. How can relationships between communities in conflict be improved? What role does empathy play in such reconciliation? Can empathy be increased using a targeted intervention? How are diaspora communities related to protracted conflicts? Solomon’s talk will evaluate the efficacy of an inter-diaspora community based conflict intervention. It will also examine theoretically Betancourt and Bateson’s models of empathy development during such interventions. These models demonstrate a pathway from empathy to pro-social behavior (or lack of empathy to protracted violence) (White, 1985; 1986; 1991; Betancourt 2009; Bateson, 1995). Solomon’s talk will cover the initial step toward understanding the real world impact of such interventions in the context of protracted ethnic conflict. It will examine an understudied conflict between diaspora Arab/ Muslim and Jewish diaspora communities in Orange County, CA. In her study, compared with the control group, the participant group showed higher degrees of empathetic perspective taking and situational attribution but non-significant differences in changes in prejudice and state empathy. Implications will be discussed. Presented by the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality.
– Rebuilding After War with Jacek Kugler, Claremont Graduate School; Editor of International Interactions and former President of International Studies Association. Presented by the Department of Political Science Colloquium Series.
– A Darkling Plain: Humanity During Wars, Genocides and Other Political Disasters with Kristen Renwick Monroe, Sif Heide-Ottosen, Shant Setrak Meguerditchian, Chloe Wilmot Lampros-Monroe, Jonah Pellecchia. Presented by the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality.
– Evolving Ways of Peacebuilding: New Frontiers for the 21st Century with David Smith, United States Institute of Peace. David J. Smith is the national educational outreach officer at the United States Institute of Peace. He coordinates institute-wide educational outreach and public programming efforts. Smith works closely with educational and professional associations, academic institutions, and public groups to promote institute objectives. He speaks frequently to community, faculty and student groups on a variety of issues including civil society and peacebuilding, child soldiers, conflict resolution education and international education. Presented by the International Studies Public Forum.
– What is There Inside in One That Makes One Know All About War with Simon Leung, Professor of Arts- Studio Art Department, UC Irvine Artist and UCI professor. Simon Leung produced a series of works between 1993-1998 that address what he calls “the residual space of the Vietnam/American War.” The term residual space, in Leung’s words, “evokes a sense of a remainder – the physically repressed that is bound to return.” In his more recent work, he has returned to a meditation of hidden dimensions of war, not so much as a locatable topic, but along the lines of the atmospheric and “the war within.” In this presentation, Leung discussed passages from two of his recent works, POE (2007/2010), in which he uses Edgar Allan Poe’s novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym as a parallel for the twenty-first century American military presence in Iraq; and War After War (2011), in which he uses a short passage from Kant’s Perpetual Peace to meditate on the identity of one man forged by multiple wars (Leung’s frequent collaborator Warren Niesłuchowski). Presented by the Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies Faculty Expert Series.
– Speaking Out on Egypt with UCI anthropologists Julia Elyachar, Christine Hegel-Cantarella, Selim Shahine. Moderated by Cecelia Lynch, political science professor and CGPACS director and Karen Leonard, anthropology professor and acting department chair, UCI. As demonstrations and protests continue in Egypt, UCI’s Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies and Department of Anthropology present an opportunity to gain perspective from in-house experts on elites, culture, politics and law in Egypt.
– UCI Ghana Project 2010-2011: Collaborative Conversations on the Continent. Interim reports by faculty and graduate student participants of Collaborative Conversations on the Continent, UCI’s ongoing effort to establish a collaborative relationship in dance, music, history, political science, and computer science with the University of Ghana-Legon and the Ghana Dance Ensemble. The project’s goal is to foster teaching and research on topics relating to Africa and the African Diaspora and further the University’s vision of a global village by encouraging intellectually embodied exchanges beyond formal classroom boundaries. UCI faculty members Sheron Wray and Jennifer Fisher (dance) and Jessica Millward (history), and MFA students Joe Knox (music) and Shannon Cuykendall (dance), will report on work they conducted in Ghana last August and September, and their subsequent research and collaborations in dance and music immersion and embodiment, diaspora relationships (including experiences at the Elmina and Cape Coast slave fortresses), relationships with Ghanaian cultural institutions, and outreach with the Noyam Institute for dance in Ghana. The center is particularly pleased to present these discussions in the wake of the just-completed visit to UCI by professor Oh! Nii Sowah and student guests from the University of Ghana-Legon. Reports and discussion will be moderated by UCI-Ghana Project members Ceceila Lynch (political science and CGPACS) and Zahra Ahmed (political science and community engagement coordinator for the Division of Undergraduate Education). This event is sponsored by the UCI Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS), Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.
– The UCI Peace Initiative: Report on Results of a Mock Israeli-Palestinian Negotiation with UCI student negotiators. In cooperation with the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, the International Studies Program is featuring a special ISPF to present the results of a mock negotiation of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Student negotiators representing the Israeli, Palestinian and U.S. delegations will represent and share their group’s perspectives on how they arrived at the agreement. At their ISPF talk, the negotiators will take questions and comments from the audience.
– Israel and Palestine: Is Peace Possible? with Galia Golan, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya Professor Golan is the head of the M.A. program and the M.A. specialization in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. She is the author of nine books mainly on Soviet policy in the Middle East, as well as monographs and articles including work on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Her most recent works include a book, Israel and Palestine: Peace Plans and Proposals From Oslo to Disengagement, and a chapter on “Globalization and the Transformation of Conflict” in the volume by Louis Kriesberg and Bruce Dayton on Conflict Transformation. Presented by the International Studies Public Forum.