The latest faculty and student news for the Program in International Relations.
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May 31, 2017
Professor Roy Germano's latest article in the peer reviewed journal Research and Politics: "Remittances as diplomatic leverage?: The precedent for Trump’s threat to restrict remittances to Mexico'"
May 25, 2017
Program Director Dr. Michael John Williams spoke on CNN's "The Newsroom" about the NATO summit and what American allies might expect from the new U.S. Administration.
May 19, 2017
Professor Daniel Benaim's latest op-ed piece on Donald Trump's Middle East Policy New Republic: "What We Know About Donald Trump's Middle East Policy'"
May 6, 2017
Professor Chuck Freilich's latest op-ed on the use of chemical weapons in Syria Haaretz: "Reopen the Syrian 'Chemical File.'"
May 2, 2017
Professor Stuart Gottlieb published an article about Donald Trump and the Founding Fathers in Washington Monthly: "The Taming of President Trump."
As part of Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's Political Opinion Writing class this semester, MA IR students have researched, written and published nuanced op-eds on current affairs to contribute to the public debate. Doreen Horschig predicts Iran will be the key superpower in the Middle East in WorldPress; Rick Lavere considers how President Donald Trump is simply failing to connect the dots for an effective foreign policy in GlobalPolitics; Loubna Mrie and Youmna Al Hourani together strategize to educate Lebanon's neglected Syrian refugee children in Muftah; Loubna, a Syrian activist and a graduate student in Middle Eastern affairs at NYU's Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, also shared her thoughts on the US missile strikes in her native Syria in Vice.
April 25, 2017
We are thrilled to announce that Loren Dent, International Relations graduate student, won 2nd Place and the Audience Choice Award in this year's GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge. Mathias Dub, also a graduate IR student, was also a finalist.
April 17, 2017
Laura Rosenberger, Former Foreign Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton Campaign and Obama Administration, spoke at an event hosted by Professor Daniel Benaim and the International Relations Program entitled, "Foreign Policy Reflections from the Campaign Trail and the White House."
April 12, 2017
IR Program Director Prof. Michael Williams published a op-ed about Syria and regime change in The Guardian: "Regime change in Syria? That would be a mistake."
April 10, 2017
IR Program Director Prof. Michael John Williams offered analysis on the situation in Syria, the interests and aims of the United States and Russia, and policy moving forward on BBC's Global.
April 7, 2017
Professor Stuart Gottlieb published a letter to the editor in today's New York Times in response to Trump's decision to attack Syria.
April 5, 2017
Professor Chuck Freilich's latest op-ed on the pro-Israel lobby (AIPAC) in the United States in Haaretz: "Keep AIPAC Out of It."
April 4, 2017
Today, students attended an IRPA-hosted UN Tour and Career Talk, which included the General Assembly Hall, Security Council Chambers, and UNICEF.
March 31, 2017
Professor Chuck Freilich's latest op-ed on Trump and the two-state solution for Israel/Palestine in The American Interest: "Trump and the Promised Land."
March 30, 2017
Professor Colette Mazzucelli participated in a Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) 2017 video with leaders in the Jewish community speaking about the Council's diversity outreach programs in the United States and Israel prepared for the JCRC Gala Dinner.
March 20, 2017
Professor Daniel Benaim's latest new analysis on Mosul and the fight against ISIS in Foreign Policy: "Will Trump Scuttle the Success of Retaking Mosul?"
March 15, 2017
Professor Daniel Benaim's latest op-ed on Congress, Trump and the Middle East in Center for American Progress: "How Congress Can Help President Trump Write the Next Chapter of U.S. Policy in Iraq."
March 10, 2017
Christina Nemr, former State Department intelligence analyst, and Olivia Hauck, Peer to Peer (P2P) Program Coordinator, EdVenture Partners, joined Professor Colette Mazzucelli's Radicalization & Religion/Peer to Peer (P2P) elective seminar to discuss the NYU Common Place P2P campaign under development this spring term. Christina Nemr discussed her work in the intelligence field around the world for the initial hour of the session. Olivia Hauck answered questions from NYU's P2P Team about its campaign via Cisco video conference for the latter part of the module. All Cisco sessions are recorded and archived as learning resources, including a subsequent teleconference with Susan Szmania, who heads P2P programming at the US Department of Homeland Security, archived on audio during the March 31 R&R/P2P module session.
March 9, 2017
Professor Daniel Benaim's latest op-ed on Trump's "travel ban" and it's economic repercussions in US News & World Report: "The Global War on Tourism."
March 3, 2017
Professor Colette Mazzucelli has been selected to participate in the 2017 Summer Institute for for Israel Studies (SIIS) at Brandeis University, which has trained faculty around the world for the past 13 years to teach the subject of Israel. Professor Mazzucelli plans to integrate her studies during the Summer Institute in her Radicalization & Religion elective seminar taught each spring term. As part of the SIIS program schedule, Professor Mazzucelli will spend two weeks at Brandeis University and 10 days in Israel.
February 26, 2017
Professor Chuck Freilich's latest op-ed on Israel and the demographic threat in Haaretz: "It Won't Be a Jewish State Anymore."
February 24, 2017
Lancaster Royal Grammar School history teacher Michael Davies joined the Radicalization & Religion/Peer to Peer elective seminar taught by Professor Colette Mazzucelli to discuss his innovative educational initiative, Parallel Histories. The program was profiled in The Guardian as a pioneering effort to teach about different narratives in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Parallel Histories is being piloted at grade schools in Lancaster, United Kingdom. IR MA Candidate and Fulbright Scholar Noa Shusterman, a member of Professor Mazzucelli's fall 2016 Conflict Resolution elective seminar, is presently a researcher with Parallel Histories developing her seminar research analyzing the "Camp David Summit viewed through the lens of John Burton's Basic Human Needs Theory," as Davies' initiative evolves.
February 21, 2017
Professor Daniel Benaim's latest op-ed on US-Egypt relations moving forward in Center for American Progress: "Setting the Terms for U.S.-Egypt Relations."
February 21, 2017
Professor Colette Mazzucelli has been invited to serve as faculty adviser to the university-wide NYU Chapter of European Horizons, "a US-based, non-partisan think-tank devoted to exploring the meaning of European identity, modernizing and reforming the concept of the social market economy, advancing the cause of European integration, and deepening transatlantic relations," founded on February 14th, 2015 during the European Student Conference 2015 at Yale University by undergraduate and graduate students from 45 American universities and College d’Europe. Professor Mazzucelli has established an Advisory Board, to plan NYU Chapter events in the coming years.
February 21, 2017
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's Indiegogo-crowdfunded comic book about political risk, prediction and strategy, The Global Kid (2016), has won the 2017 Peace Award given by the Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD), a Pakistan and Belgium-based think tank. The Global Kid also won the Wonder Woman Award in NY in 2016 and was nominated for the Alternative Comics Award in France at the second largest comics festival in Europe, 44e Festival International de la BD d'Angoulême. E-copies are still available at theglobalkid.org with 100% of sales going to education non-profits Global Glimpse and Developments In Literacy. Way to go, Global Kid!
February 13, 2017
Professor Daniel Benaim has published two pieces on U.S. policy toward Iraq: He co-authored a Center for American Progress Issue Brief, “Six Steps the Trump Administration Should Take on Iraq" arguing for a follow-on U.S. military mission and enhanced diplomatic presence even after Iraqis retake Mosul from ISIS; and a short column in RealClearDefense on February 1, “President Trump Needs to Reverse Course on Iraq — And Fast."
February 10, 2017
Professor Colette Mazzucelli hosted a working breakfast in the LaGuardia Co-op for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), organized in cooperation with the New York Office of the US Department of State, comprising three Facebook Global Digital Challenge finalist teams from Lebanon, Belgium, and Italy.Joining Professor Mazzucelli and the IVLP Delegation was Professor Liwen (Lily) Zhang, a retired United Nations official presently a Senior Research Fellow and Guest Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, one of the country's oldest, most selective, and most prestigious institutions of higher education.
This is the third time NYU hosted an IVLP working breakfast. On July 5, 2016, four Peer to Peer (P2P) finalist teams from Azerbaijan, Belgium, the College of Europe, and the Netherlands visited New York University with colleagues from the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State.
February 4, 2017
Professor Chuck Freilich's latest op-eds on Israel's security and financial dependence on the US in Haaretz: " Israel's Dependence on the US is Existential;" and on attempts to politicize the IDF in World Politics Review: "How the Israel Defense Forces Got Dragged Into Israel's Culture Wars."
January 15, 2017
Professor Chuck Freilich's latest op-ed on President Donald Trump and Tweets in Haaretz: "The Messiah Hasn't Come. He Only Tweets."
January 11, 2017
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's latest blog on the top risks to global stability for 2017 was published in The Observer. It is derived from a joint project with NYU graduate students taking Professor Aziz's flagship fall course, Political Risk & Prediction, and geopolitical crowdsourced consultancy Wikistrat.
January 4, 2017
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's latest blog on the looming battle of religious extremists – Buddhist vs Islamist – was published in The Observer.