IR Program News 2015

December 20, 2015

Congratulations to the NYU IR MA Conflict Resolution community, which received an Honorable Mention for its campaign, #7TrainStop, in the Peer 2 Peer (P2P) global educational program during the University's initial semester of participation this fall term. New York University is one of six participants cited in the Honorable Mention category among a field of thirty-nine institutions around the world. NYU P2P team members are invited to present the campaign at the State Department on February 2, 2016 with a view to scale up partnering with the Women's Initiative in Islamic Spirituality and Equality (WISE) during the coming months.



December 9-11, 2015
Professor Colette Mazzucelli was invited to participate in a high-level crisis simulation exploring the emerging security challenges in NATO's Eastern neighborhood, and best ways to respond to these complex security issues with significant socio-economic and political dimensions. The online simulation, which took place over several days, was developed by the University of Maryland ICONS Project on behalf of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Office in the Joint Staff, in support of the US European Command (EUCOM). The ICONS Project specializes in participant-driven technology-mediated simulations that examine decision-making in crisis situations. Professor Mazzucelli was assigned with other experts to the European Union (EU) Team in a scenario that explored a potential crisis unfolding in Moldova and the neighboring region.



December 4, 2015
The Madrid newspaper El Pais published an article about the work of Professor Roy Germano:
"La otra cara de la migraciónmexicana hacia EE UU."



November 25, 2015
Professor Colette Mazzucelli recently co-authored an article with Professor Anna Visvizi, DEREE-The American College of Greece, titled "After Baghdad, Beirut, and Paris, The Refugee Crisis Urges a Feminist Critique" in Women Across Frontiers.



November 18, 2015
Professor Stuart Gottlieb speaks with Columbia News about the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks. The interview can be found here.



November 16, 2015
A cover story written by Kate Kaye in Advertising Age, "Students, Madison Avenue Enlisted in Messaging Fight Against ISIS," references the NYU Peer 2 Peer (P2P) #7TrainStop campaign. The IR MA Conflict Resolution elective course taught by Professor Colette Mazzucelli each fall term represents New York University in the P2P educational initiative. Professor Mazzucelli is cited in the article, which highlights the US State Department initiated program that is now organized by several federal agencies in cooperation with EdVenture Partners to include 45 universities worldwide during the fall 2015 semester.



November 7, 2015
Professor Colette Mazzucelli served as Co-Chair with Nathaniel Raymond, Director, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), Harvard T.I. Chan School of Public Health, of a Genocide Studies and Prevention (GSP) Special Issue Workshop hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Workshop included participation by Scott Edwards (Amnesty International), Lars Bromley (UNOSAT, Geneva), Jacqueline Geis (Videre), Kristin Sandivik (Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies, Peace Research Institute Oslo), Stefan Schmitt (Physicians for Human Rights), Ziad Al Achkar (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative), Andrea Gittleman (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum), Brian Root (Human Rights Watch), Susan Wolfinbarger (American Association for the Advancement of Science), and Jay Aronson (Carnegie Mellon University). The purpose of the USHMM Workshop and a second Workshop to be held in NYU Washington, DC on April 2, 2016 is to identify thematic areas to explore in articles conceived for the Mazzucelli/Raymond, eds. GSP Special Issue, Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Mass Atrocities Research and Response, due to appear online in December 2016. The GSP Special Issue Workshops are funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart, Germany.



November 4, 2015
Professor Mazzucelli’s Conflict Resolution course, which represents New York University in the United States Government’s Peer 2 Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism global university initiative, was cited in a presentation made by Tony Sgro, CEO and Founder of EdVenture Partners (EVP), at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) conference in Washington, DC. Mr. Sgro spoke about the P2P initiative to an audience of approximately 200 inter-agency colleagues representing the State Department, Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, FBI, and international practitioners. Along with sharing details on EVP’s academic partnership model as well as an update on the 45 domestic and international universities currently participating in P2P, Mr. Sgro highlighted a select few of the top Peer 2 Peer campaigns to the attentive audience. Included in his presentation were details and images of NYU’s #7 Train Stop campaign, a highly creative, technology-driven, counter radicalization initiative being implemented with laser focus in neighborhoods surrounding the #7 Train Stop in Queens. The reaction and comments to NYU graduate candidate P2P campaign engagement were outstanding. Specific reference was made to the #7 Train Stop’s logo, https://twitter.com/NYUP2P, which effectively tells the story of what NYU graduate students want their storytelling campaign to accomplish.



November 4, 2015

Professor Daniel Benaim's class "Speechwriting and Diplomacy" visited the US State Department and White House Executive Offices to meet with prominent speech writers.



October 30, 2015
An international relations course taught for undergraduates at LIU Global by Professor Colette Mazzucelli is mentioned in the recent New York Times article, "Extreme Study Abroad: The World Is Their Campus." In the pilot course this fall, Professor Mazzucelli innovates with Google's new Learning Management System (LMS), Classroom, to teach undergraduates engaged in field work on several continents. The article also profiles the experience of a LIU Global senior, Clarissa Gordon, who is a thesis advisee working with Professor Mazzucelli while on internship assignment in Trinidad and Tobago after her freshman, sophmore, and junior years studying in Costa Rica, India, and South Africa, respectively.



October 29, 2015
Professor James Nolt appeared in the talk show The Heat, which featured China's 13th five-year plan and other top issues to be discussed at the 5th Plenary session of the 18th CPC.



October 29, 2015
Professor Colette Mazzucelli and IR MA candidate Dylan Heyden co-authored an article, Unearthing Truth: Forensic Anthropology, Translocal Memory, and "Provention" in Guatemala, for a Special Issue, Mass Atrocity Prevention edited by Professor Karen E. Smith, London School of Economics and Political Science, in the peer-reviewed journal, Politics and Governance. The entire Special Issue is available in free PDF download format with articles online at: http://www.cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/politicsandgovernance/issue/vi/3ew2



October 2, 2015
IR Program Director Michael John Williams spoke at the Soldier & Sailors Club to the New York Military Affairs Symposium on the use of law and technology in American warfare.



September 30, 2015
Professor Stuart Gottlieb's letter to the editor in The New York Times:
"The US-Russia Discord Over Syria"



September 28, 2015
Dan Schwerin, Clinton campaign speechwriter, visited Professor Dan Benaim's class "Speechwriting and Diplomacy" to talk about his experience as speechwriter to the Secretary of State and now presidential candidate Hilary Clinton.



September 26, 2015
Professor Colette Mazzucelli addressed The Schemel Forum at The University of Scranton on the topic "Wright" Spaces: Citizenship in Liquid Times with a group of colleagues including Professor Akhil Reed Amar, Yale University, and Professor David Dzurec and Teresa Grettana, The University of Scranton.



September 23, 2015
Professor Colette Mazzucelli's article in the Atlantic-Community.org"Why the Syrian Refugee Crisis Requires a German-Polish Initiative."



September 16, 2015
Professor James Nolt's post in TheStreet: "The Target Trump Is Afraid to Attack? Liberal Corporate Multiculturalism."



September 14, 2015
Professor Stuart Gottlieb and Danielle Peltka's article in The Daily Beast"Don’t Buy The Democrats’ New Tough Talk on Iran."



September 11, 2015
Professor John Fousek's piece in Diplomatic History"Dismantling a Cold War Shibboleth."



September 11, 2015
Professor Colette Mazzucelli's article in The Huffington Post's The WorldPost"The Syrian Refugee Exodus Needs a Civil Society Response."



September 5, 2015
Professor Maha Aziz's article in Huffington Post/s The WorldPost"How the Crowd Can Help Make Entrepreneurs Out of South Africa's Unemployed Youth." This is the final post in a series of blog posts linked to Professor Aziz's upcoming political comic book - The Global Kid.



September 1, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's aticle in Huffington Post's The WorldPost"How Global Crowdfunding Might Ease the Greek Crisis." This is the fourth in a series of posts related to Professor Aziz's upcoming political comic book- The Global Kid.



August 26, 2015
Professor Chuck Freilich's article in World Politics Review: "Israel’s Least Bad Options the Day After the Iran Deal."



August 25, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's aticle in Huffington Post's The WorldPost"How Crowdsourcing Anti-Corruption Policy Might Ease Brazil's Legitimacy Crisis." This is the third in a series of posts related to Professor Aziz's upcoming political comic book- The Global Kid.



August 24, 2015
The journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs, recently ran an article on the importance of area studies and the decline of area studies in US universities. An interesting read for anyone looking to understand why the IR program at NYU stresses that all students should pick one regional area of interest as part of the IR studies. For the article please see "Decline of International Studies".



August 18, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz delivered a lecture on Myanmar at Jesus College, Oxford University. She considered the political risks of Myanmar (including the Rohingya issue), future scenarios, and policy strategies to help the country in its ongoing democratic transition.



August 17, 2015
Congratulations to IR MA student Michelle Puello for being selected as a recipient of the Wasserman Center Internship Grant.



August 12, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's aticle in Huffington Post's The WorldPost"Is Saudi Arabia (or ISIS) Ready for the Country's Predicted Oil Shortage?"



August 6, 2015
Professor Chuck Freilich's article in the Yediot Aharonoth"The President’s Speech: Choosing Between Mom and Dad."



July 23, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz was a speaker at the 13th Open and User Innovation Society Conference on July 13-15 in Lisbon, Portugal. She discussed her new research agenda - how crowdsourcing could be a tool in ethnic conflict resolution - with 200 researchers from various disciplines (e.g. innovation management, entrepreneurship, public policy). She cited Myanmar as a case study and initially developed her project through a research certification at NYU's GovLab. The conference was hosted by the Catolica Lisbon School of Business & Economics at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.



July 23, 2015
Professor Michael John Williams published a structural analysis on the current and future role of the armed forces in Afghanistan in the journal International Politics"State-building and the armed forces in modern Afghanistan: A structural analysis."



July 22, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's aticle in Huffington Post's The WorldPost"How ISIS Could Destroy Myanmar."



July 21, 2015
Professor Chuck Freilich's article in Huffington Post's The WorldPost"Iran Deal Is the Least Bad Option for Israel."



July 20, 2015
Professor Chuck Freilich's op-ed in The Jerusalem Post"Endangering Israel's Security."



July 19, 2015
Professor Chuck Freilich's op-ed in the International New York Times"A Good Deal for Israel."



July 17, 2015
Professor Chuck Freilich's article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.



July 15, 2015
Professor Arnaud Kurze was featured in Wilson Center's interview series called NOW"From War to Peace: In Search of Transitional Justice."



July 15, 2015
Professor Chuck Freilich's article in Yediot Aharonoth"It's Actually Good for Israel."



July 15, 2015
Elizabeth Bennett's (MA in IR class of 2015) article in Real Center Defense"China's Hegemony in South Asia."



July 8, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's article in The Huffington Post's The WorldPost"Political Risk Around the World in Third Quarter 2015."



June 19, 2015
NYU IR Professor Anna Di Lellio's article in Al Jazeera describes an art installation, Thinking of You that she produced in Pristina, Kosovo that tributes wartime sexual violence survivors. If dresses could speak: How Kosovo is giving a public airing to the reality of wartime rape.

For more information on the installation, read the following articles: Daily Mail, Quartz, Thinking of You and produced by NYU IR Professor Anna Di Lellio is to open in Pristina, Kosovo on June 12, 2015. Timed with the 16th anniversary of the end of the Kosovo War, the installation is a tribute to an estimated 20,000 wartime sexual violence survivors.



June 9, 2015
Professor Arnaud Kurze's piece on legal empowerment and transitional justice in The International Journal of Human Rights“Contested Spaces of Transitional Justice: Legal Empowerment in Global Post-Conflict Contexts Revisited.”



June 5, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's article in The Huffington Post's The WorldPost"How Crowdsourcing Can Help Us Fight ISIS."



May 28, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Sport, Politics, and Market Power."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



May 22, 2015
Professor Stuart Gottlieb's letter to the editor in The New York Times"ISIS 'on the March'."



May 21, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Debt Deflation. "


For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



May 14, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Less Than Nothing."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



May 12, 2015
MAIR student Elizabeth Bennett's article in Foreign Policy Journal"A Comeback for al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent?"



May 12, 2015
Congratulations to IR MA student Iynna Halilou for winning the International Student Leadership Award



May 11, 2015
Prof Michael John Williams' report for the Mackenzie Institute in Toronto on ISIS as a strategic actor has been selected as required reading for 5,100 students in the command course run by the US Army Garrison at Fort Leavenworth.



May 7, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"The Great Crash."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



May 6, 2015
Congratulations to Som Tang'ma Kpante (MA in IR '16) and Komi Begedou for being selected as winners of the 2015 NYU Reynolds Program/ D-Prize social venture competition! Their program called Jeunes Braves will strive to improve the health and educational opportunities of girls in Togo, Africa by empowering them to make healthy choices in their relationships. The ultimate goal is to decrease incidence of HIV and unwanted pregnancies, and increase the number of girls who are able to complete secondary school and attend university.

Som Kpante is currently a Fulbright scholar enrolled in the M.A. in International Relations program at New York University.



April 30, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"From Business Strategy to Business Cycle."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



April 23, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Derivative Duels."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



April 16, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Big Bearish Banks."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



April 14, 2015
The IR Program would like to congratulate Prof Muserref Yetim who has been awarded a grant from NYU's Humanities Initiative in support of her book, Bargaining for International Water Rights: The Euphrates and Tigris Basin.



April 14, 2015
In Fall 2014, Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's course in political risk and prediction included a two-week project with crowdsourced consultancy Wikistrat. MA Politics/International Relations students and Wikistrat analysts collaboratively produced analysis on Pakistan's political risk and futures. An excerpt from the final report can be found on Wikistrat's Huffington Post WorldPost blog, "Only Shock Events Could Trigger Pakistan's Fourth Military Coup"



April 13, 2015
Professor Chuck Freilich's op-ed piece in Haaretz"Netanyahu Prepares for A Gunfight."



April 11, 2015
Congratulations to IR MA student Elizabeth Bennet who advanced to the finals of the 2015 GSAS Thesis Academic Challenge. Elizabeth will receive a $300 departmental prize for her achievement as part of the GSAS Thesis Incentive Program.



April 11, 2015
Professor Colette Mazzucelli's quote in U.S. News and World Report's article "Europe Helpless to Stop People Smuggling Networks in the Mediterranean."



April 9, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Bills for Bulls"

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



April 7, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's article in The Huffington Post's The WorldPost"Political Risk Around the World in Second Quarter 2015."



April 2, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Bull Magic."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



April 1, 2015
NYU alumnus Ryan Rappa's (MA '14) article in The Huffington Post's The WorldPost"Why Podemos is Good for Spain, and Europe."



March 26, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Profiting From Loss."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



March 25, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's article in The Huffington Post's The WorldPost"To Weaken ISIS in Syria & Iraq, Exploit Its Declining Economic Legitimacy as a State."



March 19, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Boom and Bust."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



March 12, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Think Like a Capitalist."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



March 5, 2015
Professor James H. Nolt's blog post on the World Policy Blog"Political Economy Made Easy."

For more of Professor Nolt's posts please visit his blog page Polarizing Political Economy



March 5, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's article in The Huffington Post's The WorldPost"Three Steps to Reduce ISIS Recruitment in Western Countries."



February 25, 2015
Professor Stuart Gottlieb's letter to the editor in The New York Times"C.I.A Torture and the Issue of Blame."



February 19, 2015
Professor Chuck Freilich's co-authored article for the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs"The Delegitimization of Israel: Diplomatic Warfare, Sanctions and Lawfare."



February 18, 2015
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's article in The Huffington Post's TheWorldPost"What's Next for ISIS?"



February 17, 2015
Professor Anna Di Lellio was awarded the Kosovo Presidential Medal of Merit by the President of the Republic of Kosovo Atifete Jahjagae for her contributions to the nation in the field of culture.
For more information on Professor Di Lellio's award and her work, please read this article published on the New School's blog.