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During the upcoming Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Congress in Boston, MA, Christopher L. Gibson will co-host a book launch party for his book, Movement-Driven Development: The Politics of Health and Democracy in Brazil (Stanford 2019). It takes place on Sunday, May 26th from 7-10pm at Cleary's (113 Dartmouth St.) in Boston. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

All events are free unless indicated otherwise.

Canadian Journal of Development Studies

Read and share the June 2019 issue of Canadian Journal of Development Studies! Note the introduction to our special section on the future of Smallholder Farms is FREE ACCESS. Also check out the March issue on "China's Changing Food System."

The School provides the editorial office of CJDS.

Simons Working Papers in Security and Development (SWP)

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June 1-7, 2019: Canada’s Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities | Vancouver, BC | Register at https://www.congress2019.ca/
The annual congress is a convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella.

  • June 1, 2019: Nancy Teeple (SFU) will present preliminary findings on paper Canada’s Role in Arms Control and Disarmament, co-authored with Nicole Jackson.
  • June 3, 2019: Nicole Jackson will convene a joint interdisciplinary Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS)/Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) roundtable on Russian Security in the 21st Century with scholars Mark Kramer (Harvard U) Nadia Boyadjieva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences/Davis Center, Harvard U) Anne Clunan (Naval Postgraduate Institute), financial support provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

April 29 - May 3, 2019: Jeff Checkel was in Oslo to teach a PhD seminar on "Qualitative Methods and the Study of Civil War" at the Research School on Peace & Conflict, Peace Research Institute Oslo.

April 3, 2019: Ramesh Thakur, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at Australian National University, visited the School and spoke with students in our core graduate seminar. Professor Thakur was a member of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), which articulated the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect, and he also served as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. During his visit, he addressed the topic of "Global Justice and National Interests: How R2P Reconciles the Two Agendas on Atrocity Crimes". He also fielded questions from students about R2P and a range of related topics. Members of the seminar appreciated having this chance to speak with him.

April 2, 2019: Paul Meyer's article “Creating an Environment for Nuclear Disarmament: Striding Forward or Stepping Back?” has been published in the April issue of “Arms Control Today”. It takes a critical look at a new US policy departure with respect to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and suggests other remedial measures that nuclear weapon states can take in advance of the crucial 2020 NPT Review Conference. A link to the article is here but it has restricted access. “Arms Control Today” is available at SFU’s Library at Harbour Centre.