Current Events Seminar: "Drones," featuring Sarah Kreps, Department of Government, Cornell University

Government 3553: “Issues Behind the News: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Current Events”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:25pm to 2:40pm

International panel on the state of democracy in the 21st Century

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM in Schwartz Auditorium in Rockefeller Hall, celebrated public intellectual and Cornell alumnus Francis Fukuyama (’74) will give the keynote address at the international panel titled “Will Democracy Have Competitors in the 21st Century?” Responding to Fukuyama will be John Mearsheimer (PhD ’80) of the University of Chicago, as well as Cornell's own Peter Katzenstein. The panel will be moderated by Cornell historian Isabel Hull. Jointly organized by the Einaudi Center and the College of Arts and Sciences, this event is part of Cornell’s sesquicentennial celebration.

As we approach the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Francis Fukuyama’s landmark essay, “The End of History,” this international panel will consider the following pressing questions: How is democracy doing, at home as well as abroad? How is it likely to fare in the years to come? Is democracy likely to reign triumphant, or find itself increasingly under siege across much of the world?

Song highlights preventative potential of International Criminal Court

On October 9, 2014 Judge Sang-Hyun Song, the President of the International Criminal Court, presented a lecture entitled “Preventive Potential of the International Criminal Court” as part of the Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series. The event was organized in collaboration with Cornell’s Law School.

After an introduction from David Lee, Provost's Fellow for Internationalization, Song presented the theme of his talk - the preventative potential of the ICC and the key role of courts in the deterrence of genocide, use of child soldiers, and other human rights violations.  Song’s personal experience with humanitarian disasters began at the age of 9 during the Korean War when he was forced to live in a bunker and walk 10 miles a day past dead bodies to find food and water for his family.  Since then he has visited many communities impacted by atrocities in countries such as Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Cornell's South Asia Program and Southeast Asia Program receive NRC and FLAS awards

Two of Cornell's long-established language and area studies programs -- the South Asia Program (SAP) and Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) -- have received highly competitive four-year grants from the Department of Education. They won renewed prestigious designation as National Resource Centers (NRC) and were awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. This is in recognition for their excellence in areas critical to the national interest. These grants, totaling approximately 3.5 million USD over four years, will provide support for the programs until 2018.

The Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) was awarded a total of $524,100 for 2014-15 or approximately $2,096,400 over the four years of the grant.  This includes a National Resource Center Grant as well as a Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant that will fund 7 graduate students each academic year, as well as 3 graduate and 2 undergraduate students for intensive language study each summer.

Four Cornell students receive prestigious Fulbright-Hays DDRA awards for 2014-2015

The U.S. Department of Education announced the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Program (DDRA) for the 2014-2015 academic year. Cornell was fortunate to have four who were successful in a very competitive program with applicants proposing important and thoughtful research projects in all world regions.

The Fulbright-Hays Program provides grants to colleges and universities for support of doctoral students conducting dissertation research on modern languages, area studies and development-related topics. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who plan to pursue a teaching career.

The geographic range of study for the Fulbright-Hays is very broad, and our awardees reflect this. Each student’s project focused on a different country (or countries), and spanned Latin America, Asia, and Africa. The titles of the successful research also illustrate the broad discipline range of the Fulbright-Hays program:

Professor Stephen Van Evera addresses U.S. grand strategy and current global crises

On September 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM in Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, Stephen Van Evera, the Ford International Professor at MIT’s Political Science department, gave a talk entitled “U.S. Grand Strategy and Current Crises: Ukraine, the Middle East, and East Asia.” The talk was part of the Einaudi Center’s ongoing Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series.

After a brief introduction from Einaudi Center Director and Vice Provost for International Affairs Fredrik Logevall, Van Evera framed his discussion by articulating the similarities between the current foreign policy situation in the U.S. and the situation that global powers in 1815 faced.

Institute for African Development Launches Project on Building Research Capacity for Development

The Institute for African Development is pleased to announce the launch of the project Building Spatial Data Collection and Research Capacity for Sustainable Development.  This project is made possible by the Andy Paul Africa Initiative Fund. The purpose of the project is to pilot a Geographical Information (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) training session in Moshi, Tanzania, and in Lusaka, Zambia with the goal of producing the training workshops in other sub-Saharan African countries.

Stephen Van Evera to speak on American grand strategy and current crises

 On Monday, September 29, at 4:30PM in Lewis Auditorium, Stephen Van Evera, Ford International Professor, Political Science Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present a lecture entitled “American Grand Strategy and Current Crises: Ukraine and the Middle East” as part of the Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series.

Stephen Van Evera teaches international relations at MIT, where he is Ford international professor of political science. He received his Ph.D. in political science from U.C. Berkeley. His publications include books on the causes of war and on social science methods, and articles on American grand strategy, American defense policy, nationalism and the causes of war, the origins of national identity, the origins of World War I, American intervention in the developing world, Europe's future international relations, the Israel-Arab conflict, and U.S. strategy in the War on Terror. 

EXPO: Funding and Resources for Graduate International Research

Students can discover funding support for their international research, meet international programs for contacts and other resources, talk to students who have received grants and fellowships, explore international careers, and enjoy refreshments with an international flavor. The event is organized by the Einaudi Center in collaboration with international programs, Cornell Career Services, and the Graduate School.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm