Prof. David Barrett on the dispute between the CIA and Sen. Diane Feinstein

Political Science Professor David M. Barrett published the article linked below in “Roll Call,” a publication widely read on Capitol Hill, about an angry ongoing dispute between the head of the CIA and the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee over alleged spying by the CIA on Senate staff members.


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Updates on Vodka Politics

Mark Schrad’s Vodka Politics is due out very soon. To tide you over till then, check out Mark’s related piece in Politico on vodka and Russian diplomacy.

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A Great Couple of Weeks for PSC

We’d like to share some very good news we have received over the past couple of weeks at PSC:

Jess Wamala, PSC ’12 and current MA student in PSC, has just been named a 2014 Rhodes Scholar. We are overjoyed with this bit of breaking news.

Prof. David Barrett has a new piece in Salon about romanticizing JFK on the anniversary of his assassination.

Prof. Mark Schrad’s as-of-yet unpublished book on Vodka Politics has been named one of the year’s best nonfiction books by blogger and economist, Tyler Cowen.

Prof. Maria Toyoda has been named an SSRC Abe Fellow for 2014-2016. She was also named editor of The Japanese Political Economy Journal earlier this year.

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Catherine Warrick talks about Egypt and Syria on CBS

Her name is misspelled, but we know who they mean. Catherine sees many of the roots of conflict in domestic politics:

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Vodka Intrigue: Read the piece by Mark Schrad

Final VP Cover.pdf (1 page)-1Mark is still in his cups — but only in an academic way:

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Meet Professor Shige Suzuki

Professor Shigehiro (Shige) Suzuki is a full time faculty member in PSC. He tries to bring a global vision to his students with his professional experiences and by promoting cultural sensitivity. After graduating from Tokyo University, he entered the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked at the Japanese Embassy at Nairobi, Kenya from 1994 to 1996. His  responsibilities there involved monitoring and analyzing development and human rights situations in Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda, and the aftermath of genocide. After receiving an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and working for the Brookings Institution, he worked at the UNICEF in New York, and then at the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the United Nations. He co-edited No Refuge: The Challenge of Internal Displacement, published by the United Nations in 2003. Throughout his stints at the Brookings Institution as well as the United Nations, Professor Suzuki tirelessly worked to protect and assist refugees and internally displaced persons who were affected by natural and human disasters.  In 2011, he served as executive director of Japan Platform, an NGO, working on relief efforts after the earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan. His research areas are the protection of and assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, and nuclear policies in Asia, specifically Japan. Professor Suzuki taught at Drexel University and Toyo University (Japan) before joining Villanova University. At Villanova University, Professor Suzuki has been teaching a variety of subjects including International Organization, East Asian Politics, Refugees and Displaced Persons, International Relations, and American Foreign Policy.

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Read Mark Schrad’s Op-Ed in the NYT

Mark writes about the movement to boycott Russian vodka to protest its anti-LGBT legislation. Read about here.Image

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