Archived News and Events
March 20, 2017: Reclaiming Queer Arab Stories: A Lecture and Conversation with Saleem, Author of “Guapa” with Saleem Haddad.
March 18, 2017: Growing Worker Power: Creative Forms of Organizing Across the Food System. View the schedule of presentations here.
March 16, 2017: "India: Future Tense", a free public book discussion with Peter Richards
March 15, 2017: China, Japan and the United States: Competition to Shape the Trade and Investment Order in the Asia Pacific by Saori N. Katada
March 2, 2017: In “The Pit”: Lima’s Anti-Architecture of Modernity by Daniella Gandolfo
February 27, 2017: Congratulations to Jelena Golubovic, BA in IS alumna, currently an anthropology doctoral student at SFU, recipient of the Muslim Studies Graduate Student Travel Award for her fieldwork in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
February 23, 2017: Read Dr. Parasuraman's Munro Lecture published here.
February 2, 2017: The School is pleased to announce the publication of the first two 2017 Simons Working Papers in Security and Development. Jeff Checkel’s paper (#55) is about methods in constructivist research on international security, and Ryan Graves’ paper (#56) is about identity and the discourse of urban-rural cleavages during the Bosnian civil war.
January 26, 2017: Listen to SFU School for International Studies' Dr. Gerardo Otero discussing the on-going US-Mexico feud here.
January 19, 2017: A warm congratulations to IS honours student, Nicolas Tellez-España, recipient of the Dr. Alfredo E. Hurtado Memorial Award in 2017!
January 12, 2017: Subversive Memory: How Argentines forgot life in the 1970s before the Dictatorship (1976-1983) by David Sheinin
January 11, 2017: Read Paul Meyer's article "Cold War redux in cyberspace" in the Hill Times.
January 10, 2017: Read Shayna Plaut's article "Follow the money: international donors, external homelands and their effect on Romani media and advocacy."
January 10, 2017: Read Shayna Plaut's article "Media mirrors? Framing Hungarian Romani migration to Canada in Hungarian and Canadian press."
January 3, 2017: Read Paul Meyer's commentary on Trump's Nuclear Weapon Policy, published by "Open Canada."
November 24, 2016: Check out Liz Cooper's latest article 'A burning question: why are Kenyan students setting fire to their schools?' in The Conversation.
November 23, 2016: Little Gandhi screening, followed by a panel discussion.
November 21, 2016: Researching Africa Day
November 15, 2016: Visiting Professor Parasuraman - Munro Lecture: 'Can India Be a Hope for the World?'
November 10, 2016: Reinventing Social Democratic Development: Insights from Indian and Scandinavian Comparisons book launch with editors/authors, John Harriss and Olle Tornquist, 500-630PM, Room 2050, SFU Harbour Centre.
November 5, 2016: John Harriss is quoted in an article on the politics of Tamil Nadu in The Economist.
November 2-4, 2016: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be in Pretoria, South Africa, presenting a paper on 'Regional Identities and Communities,' at a conference on 'Comparative Regionalism: State of the Art & Future Directions.'
November 1, 2016: Read Paul Meyer's commentary on Canadian-led FMCT resolution at the UNGA, published by "Open Canada."
October 29, 2016: A nice feature on renowned journalist, Shekhar Gupta, Visiting Prof Parasuraman and Prof John Harriss in The Asian Star! Gupta delivered the 2016 Dhahan Lecture at SFU on October 24, 2016.
October 28, 2016: Read Paul Meyer's commentary on Canada and the UNGA resolution authorizing a nuclear weapons ban negotiation, published by "The Hill Times."
October 21, 2016: Public talk with the creators of The International Day of The Dead Tour & Exhibit in Vancouver, 5:30pm, HC2270.
October 20, 2016: 'Nation Making in the Early Soviet Union: Uzbekistan Reconsidered' - a free public lecture by Adeeb Khalid.
October 19, 2016: A homage of sorts to Simone Weil’s essay 'The Iliad, or the Poem of Force,' penned in 1940, in the months following the German occupation of France by Gareth Williams (University of Michigan).
October 19, 2016: Dr. Elizabeth Cooper will be presenting 'Student-set Fires as Political Action in Kenya', 3:30-5:00pm, Liu Insitute for Global Issues, UBC.
October 12, 2016: 'Colombia's Transformation: Good News in a Convoluted World -- Business Opportunities in a Growing Middle Income Economy', 4:30-6:00pm, WCC 470 Hamber Foundation Boardroom, 580 W Hastings Street, Vancouver. Click here to register.
October 3, 2016: Public lecture by Roland Paris - 'Reflections of a Prime Minister's Foreign Policy Advisor'.
September 27, 2016: Sharon Squassoni of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) organized a panel on UN Nuclear Issues. Participating officials were Anita Friedt of State Department, Jon Wolfsthal of the NSC plus Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association and Paul Meyer from SFU's School for International Studies. A link to a recording of this event can be found here.
September 26, 2016: A nice feature on Simons Chair Jeff Checkel by Universidad del Rosario! Checkel was in Bogotá, Colombia, on Sep 21-24, 2016 where he addressed the graduating class at the Universidad del Rosario on the 'Social Dynamics of Civil War'; delivered a keynote speech at the Colombian Political Science Association Annual Meeting on 'Too Much of a Good Thing? The Debate Over Methods and Transparency in US Political Science'; and held a seminar on IR/constructivist theory.
September 26, 2016: Join Dr. Shayna Plaut for a screening of Strangers at Home, 6pm at HC7000.
September 21-24, 2016: Jeff Checkel will be in Bogotá, Colombia, where he will address the graduating class at the Universidad del Rosario on the 'Social Dynamics of Civil War'; deliver a keynote speech at the Colombian Political Science Association Annual Meeting on 'Too Much of a Good Thing? The Debate Over Methods and Transparency in US Political Science'; and hold a seminar on IR/constructivist theory.
Download and listen to Simons Visiting Chair Gareth Evans' public lecture on September 15, 2016, titled 'Values and interests in foreign policy making: the case for good international citizenship'.
September 15, 2016: Public lecture by Gareth Evans - 'Values and interests in foreign policy making: the case for good international citizenship'.
September 12, 2016: The School welcomes Visiting Professor Parasuraman, Director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
September 11, 2016: A very warm congratulations to IS Director, John Harriss, who placed third in the males 70-79 category in the 2016 Coho Run! John completed the run in 1:28:31.
September 8, 2016: Liz Cooper will be presenting her paper titled 'Orphaned Marriage: Vulnerability and Moral Action among Young Wives in Western Kenya' at an international conference on Adolescence, Youth and Gender at Oxford University.
September 7, 2016: Liz Cooper will be presenting her paper titled 'The Importance of Being Serious: The Abrupt and Enduring Trials of Becoming Adult in Western Kenya' at the African Studies Association UK biennial conference at Cambridge University.
September 5-8, 2016: At the 10th United Nations Workshop on Space Law "Contribution of Space Law and Policy to Space Governance and Space Security in the 21st Century" in Vienna, Austria, Paul Meyer will deliver a keynote speech 'Putting Cooperation Back into Space Security'.
September 1, 2016: A very warm welcome to our new Senior Lecturer, Brenda Lyshaug and to Valerie Freeland, Simons Research Fellow for the 2016/17 academic year.
September 1, 2016: Congratulations to Tamir Moustafa on his promotion to the rank of Professor!
August 31 - September 4, 2016: At the annual convention of the American Political Science Association, Jeff Checkel will be co-teaching a "Short Course on Process Tracing," leading a panel on "DA-RT and Qualitative Methods: The Case of Process Tracing," and participating in a book-launch "Roundtable on the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism."
August 26-27, 2016: Jeff Checkel will be participating in a "Workshop on IR 2030," sponsored by the Free University Berlin and University of Wyoming. It will attempt to discern the future state of IR theory - if it has any future!
August 4, 2016: Check out a recent article by Paul Meyer titled 'The U.S. Missile Defence Boondoggle'.
July 12, 2016: Gerardo Otero and Martha Snodgrass have been awarded a University Publications Grant in support of editorial operations of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies in 2016/17 - congratulations, both!
July 12, 2016: Greg Feldman's entry on Stanford Unversity Press's blog exposes the post-Enlightenment reasoning as to why global frustration with liberal democracy and global fear and loathing of migrants stem from the same assumption behind modern politics.
July 6, 2016: Paul Meyer is quoted in a Toronto Star article titled 'Global Affairs warns of ‘serious concerns’ over Canada’s space security'.
June 24, 2016: Greg Feldman will give a keynote address on at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland for the conference “Changing Realities of Migration and Mobility” hosted by the Swiss National Center for Competence in Research: The Migration-Mobility Nexus. His lecture is titled “The structure of ethical dilemmas among policymakers and security officials in contemporary European Migration Management.”
June 23, 2016: Public lecture - 'Canada and the Developing World in 2016: is Canada back?' by Aniket Bhushan
June 6, 2016: Congratulations to the multi-talented Claire Sieffert (BA Hons 2016), recipient of the Dean's Undergraduate Convocation Medal and commencement speaker at the IS/LAS convocation ceremony this Wednesday, June 8. We are so proud of Claire! Looking forward to hearing her speech! Claire will attend the Hague Academy of International Law in July before beginning a 10-month internship with the Canadian Parliament. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in international development.
May 30-June 3, 2016: Jeff Checkel will be teaching an intensive PhD seminar on the 'Dynamics of Civil War and International Conflict' at the Research School on Peace and Conflict, Oslo, Norway.
May 27, 2016: Congratulations to Raied Haj Yahya, recipient of the Best Undergraduate Essay in International Studies Award for the 2015/16 year. Raied's paper is titled 'The Politics of Collective Minority Rights: Discourses of Citizenship and Indigeneity among Palestinian Civil Society in Israel'.
May 17, 2016: 'Obama goes to Hiroshima, but stiffs nuclear talks in Geneva' by Paul Meyer.May 9, 2016: Speaking of Faith - From the Left panel discussion
April 25, 2016: The Human Security Report Project is featured on SFU's 50th anniversary celebration.
April 21, 2016: Shayna Plaut will be going to the Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Geneva for an "Expert roundtable on changing the public narrative on migration: promoting tolerance and countering xenophobia against migrants,." She will be screening Strangers at Home with the twenty media makers, policy makers and advocates working on how to use media as a way to reframe the anti migrant and refugee narratives.
April 20-22, 2016: Jeff Checkel will be giving talks at the University of Konstanz, Germany ('Socialization and Violence') and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zuerich ('Data Access and Research Transparency [DA-RT]: Implications for Qualitative Methods'), and be holding a PhD workshop ('Process Tracing - Theory & Practice') at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
April 16 , 2016: Shayna Plaut will be presenting a co-authored piece (with Viktor Varjú) "Media mirrors? Framing Hungarian Romani Migration to Canada in Hungarian and Canadian press," at the Association for the Study of Nationalities.
April 15, 2016: 'Targeting Universities in Authoritarian India' panel discussion
April 13, 2016: Free public lecture: 'NATO: Out of Area or Out of Business? Will the Warsaw Summit renew the Alliance?' by Ambassador Robert Kupiecki
April 9, 2016: Semana de Educación Financiera/Financial Literacy Day
April 7, 2016: Peyote panel and double book launch with Bia Labate, Erika Dyck, Alec Dawson, Gabor Mate, Ellen Sprio and Wade Davis
April 5, 2016: 'A disappointing finale for Obama's nuclear summits' by Paul Meyer.
April 2, 2016: Paul Meyer joined CTV News with his analysis of Canada's efforts to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists.
April 1, 2016: Paul Meyer weighs in on what to expect from the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC on CTV News.
March 31, 2016: The latest issue of Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 37-1, is now available online.
March 31, 2016: Congratulations to alumna, Alli Cano (BA Hons) who just won an award from the Law and Society Association for her senior honours thesis, “A Matter of Personal Status: Women’s Legal Rights and the Making of Family Law in Post-2003 Iraq.”
March 30, 2016: Free screening of 'A Sinner in Mecca' followed by Q&A with Director.
March 29, 2016 - Jeff Checkel will be giving a seminar on 'Qualitative Methods and the Study of Violent Conflict,' and meeting with researchers at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, Germany.
March 23-24, 2016: Conference on Western Policy & the Crisis in the Middle East & North Africa at SFU Harbour Centre, room 7000. View the provisional programme here.
March 21, 2016: Greg Feldman will give a research methods seminar and a lecture at the University of San Francisco. The lecture is titled “Action in Spite of the State: An Ethnographic Look at the Interplay between an Undercover Police Investigative Team and Roma Crime Ring in Southern Europe”. The event is sponsored by the Department of International Studies; Department of Politics; and the Peace and Justice Studies program.
March 7, 2016: 'Outer Space and Cyberspace: A Tale of Two Security Realms' by Paul Meyer. View the chapters by other authors here.
March 4, 2016: 'Sunnier times for Canada's disarmament diplomacy' by Paul Meyer.
February 25, 2016: Public lecture by Aaron Skabelund (Brigham Young University) on 'Tigers—Real and Imagined—in Korea’s Physical and Cultural Landscape'.
February 23-25, 2016: Jeff Checkel will be visiting Uppsala University in Sweden, holding public lectures on process tracing and civil war, and participating in a qualitative methods workshop for faculty and PhD students.
February 23, 2016: Panel discussion on African Refugees, a forgotten and excluded people.
February 7-13, 2016: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be spending a week as a visiting Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, delivering several lectures and meeting with researchers and PhD students.
February 4, 2016: Public lecture by Beth A. Simmons (Harvard University) on 'Can the International Criminal Court Deter Atrocity?'.
View photos from Jeff Checkel's talk at the Free University Berlin on January 27, 2016.
January 27, 2016: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be giving the Alexander von Humboldt Lecture on the 'Social Dynamics of Civil War' at the Free University Berlin.
January 21, 2016: 'The truth about Islam' by Andrew Mack.
January 14, 2016: Public lecture by John Ackerman (National Autonomous University of Mexico) on 'The Battle for Mexico and the Future of Justice and Democracy in North America'.
January 14, 2016: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be giving a talk on the 'Dynamics of Civil War' at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik / German Institute for International and Security Affairs, in Berlin, Germany.
January 7, 2016: Check out Michael Howard's forthcoming book, Textiles and Clothing of Việt Nam.
January 7, 2016: 'Gaps in cyberspace governance abound, 10 years after UN World Summit' by Paul Meyer.
January 4, 2016: Paul Meyer speaks on the prospects for Canada's foreign policy in the new year with BC Almanac, CBC Radio.
December 21, 2015: 'Countries must be honest about conflict deaths to know the true impact of war on development' in The Guardian, co-authored by Andrew Mack.
December 11, 2015: Morten Jerven speaks to CBC Radio on how economists have misunderstood economic growth in African countries.
December 1, 2015: International Criminal Justice: State of Play Conference Report 2015 available online now.
November 30, 2015: IS/WL joint major student, Rhiannon Wallace featured on FASS's website.
November 26, 2015: IS/LAS Graduate Application Q&A with Graduate Chair, Chris Gibson.
November 26, 2015: 'Running interference for our nuclear allies' by Paul Meyer.
November 26, 2015: Simons Research Fellow Shayna Plaut was interviewed by The Exchange, CBC regarding the economic challenges and opportunities of Canada's Syrian refuge program.
November 23, 2015: Greg Feldman hosts a workshop - Politics in Particular: From Primo Levi to Freedom and Being in the works of Hannah Arendt and Baruch Spinoza.
November 23, 2015: Shayna Plaut talks to Sonia Sunger on BC1 (Global News) about the benefits of refugees settling in small communities.
November 20, 2015: Simons Fellow Shayna Plaut speaks to CBC on how an influx of refugees in B.C.'s northern communities will actually help boost the economy there.
November 18, 2015: Citizenship and Precarious Labour in Canadian Agriculture co-authored by Gerardo Otero released by CCPA today.
November 16, 2015: Ryan Kitching (MA 2012) is profiled on DGS's blog.
November 16, 2015: 'Arab Spring and Syrian Refugee Crisis: Ten Theses for Discussion' by Gerardo Otero.
November 16, 2015: Read LAS MA student, Siran Huang's travel report to Ecuador.
November 15, 2015: Andrew Mack, Director of the Human Security Report Project speaks to MacLeans magazine on Trudeau's warplane strategy.
November 11, 2015: Remembering Bob Everton, LAS faculty member - a lovely piece by SFU Graduate Studies.
November 10, 2015: The School is pleased to announce the publication of four new Simons Working Papers in Security and Development. Check them out for the latest thinking on conflict dynamics (#48), Mexico's crisis (#47), judicial politics in authoritarian regimes (#46), and cyber-diplomacy (#45)!
Download and listen to Simons Visiting Chair Hugh Roberts' talk on September 24, 2015, titled 'Promoting insecurity: Western policy and the degradation of the state-society relationship in the Middle East and North Africa'
View photos from the Celebration of Latin American Studies event, held on November 10, 2015.
November 10, 2015: Celebration of Latin American Studies at SFU.
November 10, 2015: Public lecture by Benoît Gomis on 'Counter-Terrorism: Reassessing the policy response'.
November 5, 2015: Read MA student, Jennifer W. Johnson's research travel report of Ethiopia.
November 4, 2015: Simons Fellow, Shayna Plaut will be participating in Peace Talks #29 - Refugee Crisis and Media Hype.
November 2, 2015: Read MA student, Tanner Boisjolie's research travel report of Jakarta and Pretoria.
October 28, 2015: 'Is cyber peace possible?' by Paul Meyer.
October 28, 2015: 'Hotline Ping: Cyber security gets an arms control channel' by Paul Meyer.
October 23, 2015: Shayna Plaut's article 'Reshaping the Borders of Journalism, Journalism Practice' is published in Journalism Practice.
October 21, 2015: LAS MA alumna Deanna Fasciani made the list of 50 most inspiring graduate students from the over 22,000 graduate degrees that have been conferred by SFU in the last five decades - congratulations, Deanna! Read her story covered by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies here.
October 9, 2015: Gerardo Otero participated in a panel of a conference on Temporary Foreign Workers organized by the Labour Studies Program at SFU
October 6-8, 2015: Tamir Moustafa is presenting his research at a National Strategic Litigation Workshop co-organized by the Malaysian Bar Council and the American Bar Association. The workshop, held at the Malaysian Bar Council headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, will focus on the challenges and prospects of litigation involving freedom of religion.
October 2-3, 2015: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel presents his chapter on 'Regional Identities and Communities,' at a book launch workshop for the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism, held at the National University of Singapore.
October 2, 2015: Shayna Plaut designed and will be facilitating the roundtable, "Teaching Human Rights Inside and Outside the Classroom: Education Without Borders" at the Social Practice for Human Rights hosted at the University of Dayton. This roundtable will serve as the first step towards creating a course "The Ethics and Methods of Human Rights Work." In addition, Shayna will be presenting her findings from a four-month research project hosted at Columbia University and supported by the Michael Smith Fellowship, "Mapping the current state of human rights education in journalism education".
September 28, 2015: Public lecture by Boris Kagarlitsky on 'Post-Communist Russia in a Multi-polar World'.
September 24, 2015: Read Michael Howard's essay on weavingwritten for the dance performance 'Woven' in Toronto.
September 24, 2015: Public lecture by Simons Visiting Chair Hugh Roberts titled 'Promoting insecurity: Western policy and the degradation of the state-society relationship in the Middle East and North Africa' followed by reception for SFU alumni.
September 15, 2015 Public lecture by Miguel Bronfman on Argentina's (In)dependent judiciary: the uneasy dance between politics and the law.
September 13, 2015: Congratulations to John Harriss who came in 3rd in the male 70-99 division in the 2015 Coho Run in Vancouver on September 13, 2015. He covered 14km in 1:25:31. What an inspiration!
September 13, 2015: Panel discussion on Women Warriors of Kurdistan.
September 8, 2015: Public lecture by Shengtian Zheng on the roots of Diego Rivera and his influence in Chinese art as part of Mexico Fest 2015.
September 8, 2015: Paul Meyer speaks on the Syrian crisis on CBC's The Early Edition.
September 3, 2015: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be chairing one panel ('Socialization and Violence'), participating in another ('Ideational Turns in the Four Sub-Disciplines'), and co-teaching a half-day course on process tracing at the Annual Convention of the American Political Science Association, in San Francisco, CA.
September 2, 2015: Greg Feldman presented a paper 'Mirror, Mirror. The similarity of form between a Nigerian human smuggling ring and a southern European police investigative team' at the 2015 bi-annual meeting of the Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology Network in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and Goethe University.
September 1, 2015: Greg Feldman gave a public lecture at Humboldt University of Berlin on 'Are the 'citizen' and the 'migrant' really so different? An initial comparison of politics and being in the works of Hannah Arendt and Baruch Spinoza'. He also ran a workshop with postgraduate students at the Institute for Migration Research.
September 1, 2015: Hugh Roberts has been appointed as the 2015/16 Simons Visiting Chair in Dialogue on International Law and Human Security.
September 1, 2015: The School welcomes Limited Term Assistant Professor Leslie Arjimo, the transfer of Gerardo Otero from SA to IS and Simons Research Fellow Shayna Plaut!
August 31, 2015: 'Star-crossed: An international code of conduct for outer space?' by adjunct prof Paul Meyer.
August 17, 2015: Greg Feldman speaks on the root causes of the African migration crisis not addressed in the corporate media, on the web-based newscast channel Telesur on a program called Imaginary Lines.
August 17, 2015: 'The neoliberal diet and inequality in the United States' in Social Science and Medicine, vol. 142, October 2015 (pp. 47-55) by Gerardo Otero, Gabriela Pechlaner, Giselle Liberman (LASMA graduate) & Efe Gürcan is now available online.
August 13, 2015: Kyae Lim Kwon (BA 2013) just published her first peer-reviewed article with Robert Hanlon: 'A comparative review for understanding elite interest and climate change policy in China'.
August 4, 2015: 'Seizing the Diplomatic Initiative to Control Cyber Conflict' in The Washington Quarterly, Volume 38, Issue 2, May 2015 by adjunct professor Paul Meyer is now available online.
July 24, 2015: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel and Martha Snodgrass summit the Taeschhorn (4500 metres / 15,000 feet), one of the highest and more challenging peaks in the southern Swiss alps!
July 13, 2015: A nuclear agreement in need of Canadian leadership by adjunct professor Paul Meyer.
July 3, 2015: Andrew Mack will be receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex later this month.
June 30, 2015: In partnership with CIC Vancouver, Leszek Balcerowicz will be speaking on prospects for economic reform in Ukraine.
June 30, 2015: Citations to the CJDS/la Revue have jumped up again in 2014! The journal now has an Impact Factor of 1.031, compared with 0.776 in 2013 (Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports). Congrats to John Harriss and Elizabeth Cooper, who are on the editorial board, and to the editorial team here at SIS.
June 29, 2015: Congratulations to John Harriss and Martha Snodgrass for yet another Serial Publication, University Publication Fund Grant award in support of their work with the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
June 24, 2015: Nicole Jackson will be a panelist on a talk by Ramesh Thakur on the changing nature of global conflict.
June 23, 2015: Jennifer Wilmot's (MA 2014) capstone project was recently published in Contemporary Arab Affairs. Read her article titled 'A commitment to politics: the trajectory of the Muslim Brotherhood during Egypt's 2011–13 political opening' here.
June 18, 2015: Adjunct Professor Paul Meyer speaks on the cyber attacks on Canadian government websites this past Wednesday to the Vancouver Sun.
June 15, 2015: Congratulations to IS undergraduate student, Alissa Sutton, recipient of this year's Ted and Emily McWhinney Scholarship in International Studies!
June 10, 2015: A very warm congratulations to International Studies and Latin American Studies graduates today! And a special congratulations to adjunct professor Dr. Jennifer Simons, recipient of an honorary degree at this afternoon's convocation ceremony.
June 4, 2015: Congratulations to adjunct professor Onur Bakiner on his forthcoming book: Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy.
May 26, 2015: A failed nuclear NPT review conference: Fin de regime? by Paul Meyer.
May 20, 2015: Congratulations to Alli Cano and Tina Bachl, winners of the School for International Studies Best Undergraduate Essay Award for 2014/2015!
May 14, 2015: From the Nonproliferation Treaty review conference in New York, Paul Meyer outlines the fundamental flaws of the 45-year-old treaty. Can an ‘outcome’ document fix them?
May 5, 2015: Greg Feldman has a new book out - We Are All Migrants: Political Action and the Ubiquitous Condition of Migrant-hood.
April 27-30, 2015: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will teach an intensive PhD seminar on 'Qualitative Methods & the Study of Civil War' at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.
April 13, 2015: John Harriss quoted in an article on Indian Prime Minister Modi's visit to Canada.
April 13, 2015: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel gives a faculty colloquium (on IR theory) and PhD workshop (on process tracing) at Princeton University.
April 10, 2015: Panel discussion on the Greek Crisis: Syriza vs. Europe.
April 8, 2015: 'Nuclear Deal with Iran: The Devil in the Details?' by Paul Meyer.
April 6, 2015: Morten Jerven has edited a special issue in the Journal of Development Studies: Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Evaluating the Data Base for African Economic Development. The special issue will be launched at the Center of Global Development on April 6 in Washington DC. On twitter.
March 28, 2015: Free film screening of Cambodian Son.
March 19-20, 2015: Louise Arbour, Simons Visiting Chair chairs the International Criminal Justice: The State of Play conference organized by The Simons Foundation and the School for International Studies. View the program here.
March 18, 2015: International Justice: A Q&A with the Honourable Louise Arbour.
March 18, 2015: Listen to Gloria Macarenko's interview with Louise Arbour today around 4.35PM on On the Coast, CBC Radio (88.1 FM, 690 AM).
March 18, 2015: FASS features a story on alumnus, Reid Standish!
March 10, 2015: Public lecture by Gabriela Ippolito-O'Donnell - 'Civil Society, Public Policy, and the Quality of Democracy in Latin America'.
March 5, 2015: 'A Nuclear Deal with Iran: "A Farewell to Arms Control"?' by Paul Meyer.
March 2, 2015: Writing Against the Grain: A Conversation with Sonallah Ibrahim.
February 25, 2015: Public lecture by Michael Woolcock - 'Building State Capability for Implementation: The Role (and Limits) of Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)'.
February 23, 2015: Public lecture by Ed Vulliamy - 'The Wall Street Cartel: Banks, Narcotraffic, and the Lie of Legality'.
February 19, 2015: Public lecture by Paul Heinbecker - 'Canada and the Security Council: Good Times and Bad'.
February 13, 2015: Morten Jerven on does economics have 'an Africa problem'?
February 12, 2015: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be giving the keynote address at a conference on the 'Europeanization of Foreign Policies,' University of Hamburg, Germany.
February 12, 2015: Ethnographies of Uncertainty in Africa book launch with Liz Cooper at the University of Oxford in England.
February 5, 2015: Ethnographies of Uncertainty in Africa book launch with Liz Cooper at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.
February 4, 2015: About Baghdad documentary film screening followed by Q&A session with director, Bassam Haddad.
February 4 2015: Informal discussion of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East with Bassam Haddad at 130-230PM, SFU Harbour Centre, room 2200.
February 3, 2015: Morten Jerven has a new edited book,Measuring African Development: Past and Present. This book was previously published as a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
February 3, 2015: 'Teaching the Middle East: Lessons from the JadaliyyaExperience' with Bassam Haddad.
February 2, 2015: Public lecture by Bassam Haddad - 'Understanding the Syrian Tragedy Four Years On'.
January 29, 2015: 'From Vienna to New York: The bumpy road to nuclear disarmament' by Paul Meyer.
January 22, 2015: Public lecture by Adel Iskandar - 'From Immolation to Preservation: The Self & Identity Politics Since the Arab Uprisings'.
January 20, 2015: Congratulations to IS and LAS undergraduate student, Claudia Arrieta de Diaz, recipient of the 2014/15 Dr. Alfredo E. Hurtado Memorial Scholarship!
January 18-20, 2015: Michael Howard will be at the 5th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium, "Connecting Centuries of Tradition" at Payap University and at the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre.
December 31, 2014: Paul Meyer's brief commentary on the White House response to the cyber attack on Sony.
December 18, 2014: Check out Alec Dawson's video for his IS/HIST 209W Latin America course! Spaces still available in the course for Spring 2015.
December 17, 2014: The problem with the data revolution in four Venn diagrams in The Guardian by Morten Jerven.
December 15-16, 2014: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will lead an intensive seminar on process tracing for students of the four PhD-granting institutions in Berlin (Free University, Hertie School, Humboldt University, Social Science Centre Berlin).
December 15, 2014: Read Onur Bakiner's co-authored article on the 2014 presidential elections in Turkey here.
December 8, 2014: Congratulations to Martha Snodgrass and John Harriss on another three-year SSHRC award in support of their work with the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
December 4, 2014: View photos from the Fundraiser in Support of the Ebola Crisis on December 1 here.
December 1, 2014: The CGPA required to declare a major in International Studies for Fall 2014 is 2.75.
December 1, 2014: Fundraiser in support of the Ebola Crisis.
November 26, 2014: Julian Cardona and Dawn Paley present a free public lecture 'Counter Narratives: Troubling official discourses on the “war on drugs” in Mexico'.
November 19, 2014: Barnett Rubin presents a free lecture on 'What will happen to Afghanistan after the NATO forces leave?'
November 17-18, 2014: Morten Jerven will delivering the keynote lecture at the 'Measurement and Data in the Governance of Illicit Activities' conference at New York University.
November 14-15, 2014: Dr. Chris Gibson is co-organizing the 'Catching Up To the Future? Advances and Challenges in the Politics, Society, and Social Policies of Contemporary Brazil' conference at Brown University.
November 13, 2014: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel's new book -Process Tracing: From Metaphor to Analytic Tool - is now out from Cambridge University Press!
November 7, 2014: Congratulations to Dr. Liz Cooper on the publication of a book which she co-edited with David Pratten of the University of Oxford: Ethnographies of Uncertainty in Africa, published by Palgrave Macmillan. In addition to their co-authored introduction chapter, the book contains a chapter by Dr. Cooper, entitled: 'Charity and Chance: The Manufacture of Uncertainty and Mistrust through Child Sponsorship in Kenya'.
October 29, 2014: 'The Wild West of Governments in Cyberspace' in Embassy by Paul Meyer.
October 27, 2014: Congratulations to Simons Chair Jeff Checkel, who has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany! The prize is granted to academics whose 'fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.' It provides funds for Checkel to spend up to a year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues in Germany, in this case, at the Free University Berlin.
October 24, 2014: Alec Dawson's 2nd edition of Latin America since Independence out now!
October 23, 2014: Rita Eder presents a free public lecture on Miguel Covarrubias and the Greater Pacific: From Bali to the Northwestern Coast of Canada.
October 18, 2014: A warm congratulations to the Honourable Louise Arbour, 2014 Simons Visiting Chair for being inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
October 17, 2014: 'How to keep national security legislation transparent' by Paul Meyer.
October 16-18, 2014: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be holding two workshops at Yale University. The first is a methodology session for PhD students, while the second is an international conference on 'Socialization and Organized Violence'.
October 21, 2014: Rolando Vasquez Miranda presents a free public lecture 'Testimony of the Fight Against Corruption, and Consequences in Societies Complicated by Violence'.
October 15, 2014: Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond book launch with author, Bia Labate, and Alec Dawson. (EVENT CANCELLED)
October 15, 2014: Read Liz Cooper's latest article, Students, Arson, and Protest Politics in Kenya: School Fires as Political Action in African Affairs(Vol. 113, Issue 453).
October 14, 2014: Othon Anastasakis presents a free public lecture 'Poisoning the Well: the Rise of the Far Right in Europe'.
October 10, 2014: Congratulations to IS Honours student, Elinor McNamee-Annett for placing third in the 2014 Three Minute Co-op Competition! Elinor is the only winner/honourable mention from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Watch her speech here.
October 9, 2014: Read Paul Meyer's article "Toward a Nuclear Weapon Free World - A 'To Do' List for Canada" (pp.18-21) in the Ploughshares Monitor (vol 35, issue 3).
October 9, 2014: Citations to articles in the CJDS/la Revue , which is edited at SIS, rose notably in 2013, according to the Web of Science’s Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The journal’s Impact Factor rose from 0.138 in 2012 to 0.776 in 2013. This puts CJDS in the #6 ranking among the 79 Canadian social science journals assessed by JCR in 2013. A listing of the most-cited articles in the Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d’études du développement can be found here.
October 5, 2014: Post-2015 Consensus: Data for Development Assesssment by Morten Jerven.
October 1, 2014: View photos from the Louise Arbour lecture on September 25.
October 1, 2014: View Andrzej Nowak's presentation on Russia imperialism in Nicole Jackson's IS 304 Russian Foreign Policy class.
September 30, 2014: Watch Morten Jerven's keynote speech during the Nordic Africa Days 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden.
September 26-27, 2014: Morten Jerven will be a keynote speaker at Nordic Africa Days 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden.
The Honourable Louise Arbour presented a public lecture 'From Syria to Crimea, is global governance at a loss?' on September 25, 2014. Watch the video here.
September 25, 2014: The Honourable Louise Arbour presents a free public lecture 'From Syria to Crimea, is global governance at a loss?'
September 23, 2014: Vivek Dehejia presents a free public lecture on India at the Crossroads: The Meaning of Modi’s Victory.
September 17, 2014: Canada Among Nations Book Launch.
September 12, 2014: Roundtable on the "Ukraine Crisis".
September 9, 2014: Congratulations to John Harriss on his new book, Keywords for Modern India.
September 9, 2014: Congratulations to Jeffrey T. Checkel on his forthcoming book, Process Tracing: From Metaphor to Analytic Tool.
September 8, 2014: Michael Howard has two essays on the peoples and textiles of Indochine in the 1930s in the catalogue that accompanies the visual art exhibit, The Art of Jean Despujols and the Peoples of Indo-china.
September 3, 2014: A warm welcome to Simons Research Fellow, Izabela Steflja. Steflja will be teaching a course on transitional justice in Spring 2015.
August 29, 2014: The School is now on Twitter. Follow us!
August 28, 2014: A warm welcome to Postdoctoral Fellow, Jeffrey A. Sachs. Sachs will be teaching IS 315 Introduction to Middle East Politics this fall.
August 27-31, 2014: At the American Political Science Association convention, Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be holding a panel and offering a short course, both connected to the publication of his new Cambridge volume, Process Tracing: From Metaphor to Analytic Tool.
August 25, 2014: Today, we said goodbye to Onur Bakiner, an amazing teacher, a bright scholar and a wonderful colleague and friend. All the very best to Dr. Bakiner in his new position as Assistant Professor in Political Science at Seattle University. You will be missed by all.
August 15, 2014: 'Surveillance: A Potential ‘Chilling Effect’ on Human Rights?' by Paul Meyer.
July 16, 2014: Adjunct Professor, Paul Meyer along with two other former Canadian ambassadors for disarmament authored an op-ed critiquing the recent report of the Senate Committee recommending Canada's participation in the US ballistic missile defense program. The piece appeared in today's issue of Embassy.
July 14, 2014: Congratulations to John Harriss, Martha Snodgrass and Thanh Lam for yet another Serial Publication, University Publication Fund Grant award in support of their work with the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
July 10, 2014: 'What if everything we know about poor countries' economies is totally wrong?' An interview with Morten Jerven.
July 3, 2014: Two new Simons Working Papers are out: 'Are Development Statistics Manipulable?' by Andrew Kerner, Morten Jerven and Alison Beatty; and 'The Diplomacy of Space Security: Whither the International Code of Conduct?' by Paul Meyer.
July 3, 2014: Morten Jerven's guest post on the Financial Times: 'Five reasons why African growth is slower than the data tell you'.
June 26-27, 2014: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be lecturing at the 25th annual European Integration Summer School in Kristiansand, Norway.
June 23, 2014: Greg Feldman will be joining the School as Limited Term Assistant Professor for the 2014/15 academic year. Feldman is a political anthropologist interested in the state, globalization, migration, and population regulation. He is also a founding board member of the Vancouver Society for the Promotion of the Liberal Arts.
June 18, 2014: A very warm congratulations to King Cordova Albaña, recipient of the 2013/14 Best Undergraduate International Studies Essay Award. The winning essay titled 'Domestic Security at the Expense of International Rights' was written for Nicole Jackson's IS 409 Security Studies course.
June 16, 2014: 'Strength and Insecurity: Explaining Russia's Actions in Ukraine' by Dr. Nicole J. Jackson.
June 15, 2014: Congratulations to undergraduate student, Claire Sieffert, recipient of the Premier's International Scholarship.
June 13, 2014: Three new Simons Working Papers are out: 'Regional Identities and Communities' by Professor Jeffrey T. Checkel; 'An Incomplete Transition? Explaining the Ongoing Prevalence of Violence against Women in Post-Apartheid South Africa' by alumna Melissa Rossann Gregg (MA 2014); and 'Youth and 'Refo-lution'? Protest Politics in India and the Global Context' by Professor John Harriss.
June 10, 2014: A very, very warm congratulations to alumna, Aleks Besan, winner of the Dean's Undergraduate Convocation Medal. We are looking forward to hearing your commencement speech tomorrow!
June 6, 2014: 'Gezi at One: Rethinking the Legacy of the Protests' by Onur Bakiner.
June 2, 2014: Onur Bakiner's Can the 'Spirit Of Gezi' Transform Progressive Politics in Turkey? published in The Making of a Protest Movement in Turkey.
May 27, 2014: Morten Jerven has a new book out, Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995.
May 12-17, 2014: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be holding a PhD seminar on the 'Dynamics of Civil War' at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.
May 12, 2014: An article by Tamir Moustafa was named the 2014 journal article of the year by the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. The article, “Islamic Law, Women’s Rights, and Popular Legal Consciousness in Malaysia,” was published in Law and Social Inquiry, vol. 38 (2013) 168-188.
May 5, 2014: A warm congratulations to Chris Gibson on his SSHRC award!
April 10, 2014: Congratulations to graduate students, Phil Roy (SSHRC) and Caitlin Foreman (GIRTA & SSHRC) on their recent awards!
April 2, 2014: Special Issue 35(1) of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies /Revue canadienne d’études du développement on "Measuring African Development: Past and Present" is now available online. Guest editor: Morten Jerven. For FREE access to the issue until 30 June 2014, click here.
Read Onur Bakiner's new article on Truth Commission Impact: An Assessment of How Commissions Influence Politics and Society in theInternational Journal of Transitional Justice here.
March 17, 2014: Public lecture by Ramesh Thakur (Australian National University) on India and the Bomb, Was It Worth It?
March 13, 2014: At the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be delivering a lecture on 'Constructivist IR Theory at Mid-Life: Many Achievements ... But Lots Still to Do.'
March 13, 2014: Public lecture by Hugh Gusterson (George Mason University) on Drones, Ethics, Justice.
February 27, 2014: Public lecture by Ebrahim Moosa (Duke University) onRetrieving the 'Ethical' in Islamic Law.
February 3-11, 2014: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be giving four talks - on civil war and on research methods - and holding two PhD workshops - on process tracing - at Goethe University Frankfurt, the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
December 12, 2013: Morten Jerven's book, Poor Numbers made Bill Gates' book list for 2013.
December 11, 2013: The School has its own Facebook page now!
November 21, 2013: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be giving a keynote address at the conference 'A New Narrative for Europe?' - sponsored by the European Commission Representation to Denmark and the Danish Institute of International Studies.
November 20, 2013: Michael Howard will be speaking on Southeast Asian textiles as art at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
November 14, 2013: Morten Jerven's research is highlighted in the Globe and Mail. Read the article here.
November 7, 2013: Morten Jerven will be speaking about Poor Numbers at the African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands.
October 22, 2013: The Globe and Mail today published its annualCanadian University Report. It included an article on the virtues of interdisciplinary programs and lists five of them that are said to be at the forefront. The list includes International Studies at Simon Fraser University. See article.
October 21, 2013: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel has been re-elected for a three-year term (2014-2016) to the Board of Editors of International Organization, one of the leading international relations journals in the world.
October 11, 2013: Morten Jerven speaks at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
October 8, 2013: The School celebrates its 7th year anniversary with a talk/book launch on Canada-Africa relations, followed by a reception for IS and LAS alumni. Click here for details. The mood of the event was captured by talented alumna, Krystal Renschler (BAIS 2012). Click here to see the photos. Read about the event on SFU Vancouver's In the City blog here.
October 3, 2013: Public lecture by Chris Fuller on Caste and the Middle Class in Modern India.
October 3, 2013: Public lecture by Takis Pappas, 'Europe's New 'Weimar Republic'?'
October 2, 2013: Onur Bakiner and Tamir Moustafa discuss social protests in the Middle East. Click here for details.
October 2, 2013: Public lecture by Takis Pappas, 'Weimar Republic? Legitimation crisis, party system change, and the rise of political extremism in Greece'.
September 30, 2013: Roundtable on the future of Canada's international development agenda.
September 21 & 28, 2013: A Celebration of Multiculturalism and Social Entrepreneurship among Canadian-Asian Communities.
September 20, 2013: Public lecture by Katherine Verdery on 'Ethnography in the Archives of the Romanian Secret Police'.
September 18, 2013: Public lecture by former Korean Prime Minister, Dr. Un-Chan Chung - 'Hope, Compassion and the Can-do Spirit: Korea's Past, Present and the Future'.
September 11, 2013: Read Paul Meyer's commentary on the CWC and the current initiative to bring Syria on board this treaty and destroy its chemical weapons here.
September 3, 2013: A warm welcome to our first Simons Research Fellow,Matt Scalena!
September 3, 2013: Read Paul Meyer's commentary on the appropriate response to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons here.
August 8, 2013: Congratulations to John Harriss and Martha Snodgrass on their UPF award in support of their work on the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
July 22, 2013: NEW undergraduate program effective Fall 2013 -International Studies and World Literature Joint Major.
June 28, 2013: Congratulations to incoming MA student, Andrew McKinnon on his SSHRC award!
June 24, 2013: Another SSHRC win for International Studies - congratulations to Onur Bakiner!
May 27, 2013: Congratulations to graduate student, Alicia Tallack on her SSHRC award!
May 22, 2013: Lukáš Hyrman's essay 'On Hungarian Revolution' in Greg Feldman's IS 419 Culture, Population and Militarization course (Spring 2013) has been named the 2013 Best Undergraduate International Studies Essay Award. Congratulations!
May 16, 2013: Public lecture 'Creating Home Away from Home: Mobile Phones and Migrant Workers in Asia' by Grace Roldan (De La Salle University).
May 10, 2013: Give Peace a Chance: Peace Negotiations in Colombia and Turkey workshops at SFU Harbour Centre and UBC Liu Institute.
May 8, 2013: Morten Jerven will discuss his book, Poor Numbers at the Royal African Society, UK.
May 7, 2013: Check out Michael Howard's new book, Cultural Revival and the Peoples of Ta Van Commune, Sa Pa, Northern Vietnam.
April 26, 2013: To support undergraduate student travel, the International Studies Undergraduate Travel Award has been created. The School has also created a Best Undergraduate International Studies Essay award (by nomination from faculty members only).
April 24, 2013: A warm congratulations to Greg Feldman, Morten Jerven and Paul Warwick on their SSHRC awards!
April 4, 2013: Islam in the Hinterlands book launch. Co-sponsored by the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures.
Morten Jerven draws on his new book Poor Numbers to examine if Africa is rising in an article published in Foreign Policy on January 28. Click here to read the article. He was also recently interviewed in the Economist. Click here for details. The book was published this week by Cornell University Press.
March 14, 2013: Free public lecture by Nancy Postero - 'Wedding the Nation: Spectacles of Indigeneity in Plurinational Bolivia'. Click here for details. Presented by the Latin American Studies Program.
March 13, 2013: President's Faculty Lecture Series by Tamir Moustafa - 'Islamic Law and Women’s Rights: The View from Malaysia'. Click here for more details.
February 4-5, 2013: Scott Straus (University of Wisconsin) will be the term's first speaker in the Simons Series on the Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict. Click here for details.
January 28, 2013: Free public lecture - Is Social Media a Scientific Tool of the 21st Century? by Rebecca Chiao, Founder of HarrassMap, Cairo. Click here for details.
January 28, 2013: Free public lecture - The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and You. Click here for details.
Morten Jerven, author of Poor Numbers, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the quality of data coming out of Africa on income, growth, and population. Jerven argues that the inconsistency of the numbers and methodology both across countries and within a country across time, makes many empirical studies of African progress meaningless. The conversation closes with a discussion of what might be done to improve data collection in poor countries. Click here for more details.
December 24, 2012: John Harriss will be stepping down as Director of the School at the end of 2012. Under John's leadership, the School has developed a very successful undergraduate and graduate program. Our deepest thanks for his hard work and dedication not just in his role as Director but also as a faculty mentor and as a teacher. Alec Dawson will be the Director of the School effective January 1, 2013. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Alec to the School.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies in cooperation with the School for International Studies present The Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union: Priorities and Challenges. Speaker: Mr. Iacovos S.I. Giragosian, Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus in Toronto. For event details, click here.
Morten Jerven appeared on the Business page of UK's Guardian on November 20, 2012. He discussed his new book, Poor Numbers, a study of the production and use of African economic development statistics. Click here to read the article.
John Harriss is featured in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science's 'Engaging Teachers' video. Watch it here.
Tamir Moustafa was elected as one of eight new trustees for the Law and Society Association. The Law and Society Association is the largest interdisciplinary association for sociolegal studies worldwide and the Board of Trustees is its main governance organ.
October 26 and 27, 2012: UBC Asian Studies, SFU Development and Sustainability and the School for International Studies present the 2012 South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN). Click here to register for the Oct 27 conference. Conference program available here.
Adjunct Professor, Paul Meyer was invited to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence in Ottawa on October 25, 2012. It was part of their study on "NATO's Strategic Concept and Canada's International Defence Cooperation". A webcast (and eventually a transcript) of the entire session will be posted to the Committee's website.
October 15, 2012: Free public lecture: What Should Come After the Millennium Development Goals? Insights on the Post-2015 Development Agenda by Kate Higgins. Click here for details.
September 24, 2012: Paved with Good Intentions: From Idealism to Imperialism book launch and discussion. Click here for details.
September 13, 2012: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel now has two books forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Transnational Dynamics of Civil War will be published early next year, while Process Tracing: From Metaphor to Analytic Tool will follow in late 2013.
September 7, 2012: Free public lecture - Is India Still Shining? Professor V. B. Athreya will briefly review the history of India's success in raising economic growth rates to compare with those of China, and then consider the reasons for the more recent downturn in the Indian economy. He will also address questions about the distributive aspects of Indian development. For details, please click here.
September 4, 2012: The School welcomes Jean Allain, the Simons Visiting Chair in International Law and Human Security for Fall 2012.
August 22, 2012: Simons Series in the Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict announces speakers for coming academic year! Click here for details.
August 9, 2012: Elizabeth Cooper recently co-edited a special issue of theDevelopment Policy Review on the topic of 'inheritance: a gendered and intergenerational dimension of poverty'. In this issue, she co-authored theintroductory essay and has a separate article based on some policy research that she conducted in five Sub-Saharan African countries about women and inheritance.August 1, 2012: The School for International Studies extends a warm welcome to its new Assistant Professor, Christopher Gibson and to its new Limited Term Assistant Professor, Elizabeth Cooper.
July 4, 2012: Congratulations, John Harriss and Martha Snodgrass on winning yet another University Publication Fund (Serial Publication Grant) to support the editorial operations of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
July 3, 2012: Congratulations to graduate student, Zaira Petruf, on winning a Soroptimist Foundation of Canada grant.
June 14, 2012: Congratulations to IS graduates! Have a great time celebrating convocation with loved ones. An especially warm congratulations to Ogake Angwenyi for being chosen to sing the national anthem and to deliver the graduand address.
June 8, 2012: Congratulations to graduate students, Angie Hall and Zaira Petruf on winning SSHRC awards!
Morten Jerven will be presenting a paper at the Conference on Trade, Poverty and Growth in History in Madrid on May 17-18. He will also present to the Economic History department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid on May 24, 2012. He is a panelist at the conference organized at the Centre of African Studies (CAS), Edinburgh on June 6-8 and will present three papers and organize one panel at the World Economic History Congress, Stellenbosch, South Africa where his doctoral thesis is nominated as the best work in the 20th century category.
May 16, 2012: A very warm welcome to the addition of the Latin American Studies program within the School. We look forward to collaborating with LAS in its research and teaching capacity.
In April and May of this year, Simons Chair Jeff Checkel gave talks on the social and transnational dynamics of civil war at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, and taught an intensive PhD seminar at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.May 17, 2012: The School presents a free public lecture on Buddhist influence on Indigenous Thai Mapping by Barend Jan Terwiel. For more information, please click here.
May 3, 2012: The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF) and SFU's Latin American Studies present a free screening of the documentary, The Coca-Cola Case (VLAFF 2010) as part of the "Global Capital, Global Rights" workshop. The screening will be followed by a dialogue with the director of the film, Germán Gutiérrez.
Tamir Moustafa has published a policy paper with the Brookings Institute titled "Drafting Egypt's Constitution: Can a New Legal Framework Revive a Flawed Transition?". Click here for the English version and here for the Arabic.
April 24, 2012: Southeast Asia (Spring 2013) Information Session with Michael Howard at 11AM-1PM at SFU Burnaby, BLU 10901.
April 4, 2012: The School for International Studies invites you to the documentary film screening and follow up discussion on "The Trap of Saving Cambodia". For more information, please click here.
March 30, 2012: The School for International Studies and The Liu Institute for Global Issues & The Security and Defence Program at UBC invite you to the next Simons Lecture in the Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict by Scott Gates. For more information, please click here.
March 14, 2012: The School invites you to a roundtable discussion 'Kony 2012: Unpacking a Social Media Phenomenon that Makes Some Big Promises'. For more information, please click here.
March 7, 2012: Southeast Asia (Spring 2013) Information Session with Michael Howard at 11AM-12PM at SFU Harbour Centre, room 7000.
March 7, 2012: ISSA Career Fair at 3-5PM at SFU Harbour Centre, room 7000. Please click here for more information.
February 17, 2012: The School for International Studies and The Human Security Report Project present a public lecture by Michael Spagat on Two Decades of Death in Iraq. For more information, please click here.
Morten Jerven presented on income and growth statistics in Sub-Saharan Africa at the Center of Global Development, Washington DC and appeared in the Voice of America, which broadcasts accurate, balanced, and comprehensive news and information to an international audience. Read the SFU media release of his study here.
December 1, 2011: A warm congratulations to John Harriss and Martha Snodgrass, who have just been awarded a three-year SSHRC grant to support their efforts to raise the quality and standing of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
November 25, 2011: Join in on the Burma Day Panel discussion. Please click here for more information.
November 17-20, 2011: Amnesty International and the School present the 2011 Amnesty International Film Festival. For more information, please click here.
October 31, 2011: Free public lectures by Jo Boyden on poverty and children in the 21st century and Brian Pratt on the prime functions of civil society within the socio-political arena. For information on Boyden's lecture, please click here. For information on Pratt's lecture, please click here.
October 24 and 25, 2011: Simons Series - Free public lectures by Roger Petersen on the strategic use of emotion in conflict and the role of social science in the Iraq insurgency. Click here for more information.
October 17, 2011: US Graduate Schools in International Affairs Information Sessions. Click here for more information.
A warm congratulations to IS undergraduate student, Murad Javed and his team for their victory in the 4th Annual Canadian International Council (CIC) Inter-University Debate on International Affairs with UBC.
October 4, 14 and November 9, 2011: Free public lectures on the role of Canada's military around the world. Click here for more information.
Jeff Checkel has just been awarded a contract from Cambridge University Press for a volume on the transnational dynamics of civil war. In addition, he was recently elected to serve as vice president of the Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Organized Section of the American Political Science Association.
September 29, 2011: The School and the dept of Political Science present a public lecture by Douglas Roche on his new book, A World Without Nuclear Weapons at 4:30PM at SFU Harbour Centre room 7000.
September 22, 2011: The School for International Studies, the Human Security Report Project and the Security and Defence program at UBC present a free public lecture by Joshua Goldstein on the decline in armed conflict worldwide. For more information, please click here.
September 19, 2011: The School for International Studies and The Liu Institute at UBC present free public lectures by Jason Lyall on the conflict in Afghanistan. For more information, please click here.
September 1, 2011: A warm welcome to our Postdoctoral Fellow, Elizabeth Cooper who just successfully defended her PhD at Oxford University.
August 10, 2011: Simons Series in the Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict announces Fall 2011 speakers. Click here for more details!
August 1, 2011: A very warm welcome to our new Limited Term Assistant Professor, Onur Bakiner who just successfully defended his PhD at Yale University.
July 11, 2011: Congratulations to Simons Chair Jeff Checkel, whose latest project on the transnational dynamics of civil war is now forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
June 20, 2011: Alvaro Pereira has been appointed as Economy Minister in Portugal's new coalition government. A warm congratulations and best wishes to Alvaro!
June 16, 2011: Congratulations, Tamir Moustafa on winning a SSHRC grant for a project entitled "Islamic Law and Women's Rights in Egypt, Indonesia, and Pakistan". Tamir will be on leave from SFU in 2011-12 to take on the position of Visiting Fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School.
May 20, 2011: Hayley Jones completed her BA and MA in International Studies at SFU and has been announced as a recipient of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. A very warm congratulations from all of us at the School!
May 16, 2011: A very warm congratulations to our graduate student, Tobi Timm on winning a SSHRC grant for his research on organic farming in Brazil.
April 20, 2011: Engineers Without Borders, BCCIC, and the School for International Studies are pleased to host the Candidate’s Debate on Poverty Reduction and Aid Effectiveness. For more information, please click here.
Watch the webcast of the roundtable discussion, The New Face of the Middle East, here (originally presented on March 17, 2011).
Associate Professor Tamir Moustafa, has been interviewed over 30 times in the past three weeks concerning the unfolding situation in Egypt, with outlets ranging from CBC's The National, to al-Jazeera English, to the New York Times, Slate, and NPR's Talk of the Nation. His commentary and analysis has appeared in the Globe and Mail and other outlets.
March 22, 2011: The Centre for Dialogue and Canada's World present a free public lecture by Paul Meyer. He will be speaking on the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. For more information, please click here.
March 22, 2011: The School for International Studies and the Centre for Public Opinion and Political Representation present a free public lecture by Professor Ronald Herring on genetic engineering. For more information, please click here.
March 21 & 22, 2011: The School for International Studies and The Liu Institute at UBC present free public lectures by Professor Séverine Autesserre (Columbia) on international peacebuilding. For more information, please click here.
March 17, 2011: The School for International Studiies, Hellenic Studies and the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, in partnership with Global TV present a roundtable discussion on the cataclysmic events that are re-shaping the Middle East and their impact on the geopolitical architecture of the West. To watch the webcast, please click here.
February 3, 2011: Tariq Ramadan, a foremost international voice for understanding Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world, will speak at SFU Vancouver as the guest of the School for International Studies and CCSMSC. More information here.
December 8, 2010: Our working paper series, the Simons Papers in Security and Development, has published its 8th and 9th papers. John Harriss writes on decentralisation and delivery of social services in India, and Sebastian Merz writes on militias and security governance in Nigeria.
December 2, 2010: Congratulations to the Human Security Report Project (HSRP) on their release of the Human Security Report 2009/2010: The Causes of Peace and The Shrinking Costs of War. To read the press release and to access the text, please click here.
November 2, 2010: Congratulations to Jeff Checkel, who has just been elected to the Board of Editors of International Organization, which is recognized as one of the leading international relations journals in the world.
November 2, 2010: Congratulations to undergraduate students, Mitch Kelsey and Murad Javed on their victory at the 2010 CIC Inter-University Debate between SFU and UBC. The two topics of debate were: (1) human rights should be a major consideration indeveloping new economic agreements/relationships with othercountries; (2) the development of worldwide digital networks challenges the ability of governments to make balanced policy decisions.
October 25, 2010: A very warm congratulations to our departmental manager, Jan Smith on her completion of the M.A. in Leadership at Royal Roads University!
October 18 & 19, 2010: The School for International Studies and The Liu Institute at UBC present free public lectures by Professor Elisabeth Wood (Yale) on wartime sexual violence. For more information, please click here.
August 30, 2010: SIS Director John Harriss and Paul Bowles (UNBC) have published an edited volume in Palgrave MacMillan's series on International Political Economy, Globalization and Labour in China and India: Impacts and Responses.
August 12, 2010: Simons Series announces first two speakers for the coming academic year. Click here for more information!
July 29, 2010: Michael Howard's new book, From Dashes to Dragons: The Ikat-Patterned Textiles of Southeast Asia will be published in August by White Lotus Press.
July 16, 2010: A warm congratulations to IS student, Joel Cardinal for winning First Prize in the 2010 National Aboriginal Essay Competition, sponsored by DFAIT and Cameco Corporation. Click here to read his essay.
June 14, 2010: Nicole Jackson has been elected to the Board of Directors of the prestigious Atlantic Council of Canada - an independent NGO which promotes transatlantic cultural, economic and security relationships between Canada, the US and Europe
May 20, 2010: The School for International Studies, Oxfam Canada and Vancouver Peoples' Summit present a dialogue with Robert Fox, Executive Director of Oxfam Canada. For more information, please click here.
May, 2010: Lara Nettelfield’s new book, Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Hague Tribunal’s Impact in a Postwar State, will be published in early May by Cambridge University Press.
May 10, 2010: The School for International Studies and the Justice Education Society present a free public presentation by Guatemalan Human Rights Advocate, Helen Mack Chang. For more information, please click here.
April 19, 2010: Alvaro Pereira has won the ASPHS/Oliveira Marques Award for the best article published in 2009 in the field of Portuguese and Spanish history. His prize winning article is “The Opportunity of a Disaster: The Economic Impact of the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake,” The Journal of Economic History, (June 2009).
April 16, 2010: Read Nicole J. Jackson's new article, "The role of external factors in advancing non-liberal democratic forms of political rule; a case study of Russia's influence on Central Asian regimes" Contemporary Politics, vol.16, no1, March 2010.
April 1, 2010: Morten Jerven has been awarded a 3-year grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for his project on African long-term development and the quality of growth statistics.
April 10, 2010: Zainah Anwar, founder of Sisters in Islam and Musawah will address the tensions within Muslim societies when conservative political Islam collides with women’s demands for equality and justice. For more information, please click here.
March 15, 2010: The School and the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies present a free public lecture by Ronald Poulton on the realities of UN peacekeeping and human rights enforcement. For more information, please click here.
February 17, 2010: The Middle East Studies Association welcomes Simon Fraser University as an institutional member, making SFU one of only three Canadian universities with such an affiliation.
December 2009: A warm congratulations to Stephen Easton for winning the 2009 Dean's Medal award!
October 19 & 20, 2009: The School for International Studies at SFU and the Centre of International Relations of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC present a free public lecture on ‘Child Soldiering: Myth and Reality’ on Oct 19 and a free research seminar on 'Women and Girls at War: "Wives," Mothers and Fighters in the Lord's Resistance Army' on Oct 20 by Professor Christopher Blattman of Yale University. For more information, please click here.
October 14, 2009: The School for International Studies presents a free lecture on 'Afghanistan and Its Troublesome Neighbourhood" by Kristian Berg Harpviken. For more information, please click here.
September 25, 2009: The School for International Studies at SFU and the Centre of International Relations of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC present a free research seminar: ‘International Paternalism: A Qualified Defense’ and public lecture: ‘Humanitarianism in a World of Hurt’ by Michael Barnett. For more information, please click here.
September 18, 2009: The School for International Studies presents a free public lecture by Nicholas Hopton, Head of the International Organisations Department, British Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
September 18, 2009: The School for International Studies presents a free public lecture by Anthony Gill on the Political Origins of Religious Liberty.
June 22, 2009: History in the Making: Indian Politics in a New Era - Professor John Harriss will discuss the significance of the 2009 election in India.
May 21, 2009: The School extends a warm welcome to our new Assistant Professor, Morten Jerven who will be starting in the fall term.
April 27, 2009: Tariq Ramadan's lecture from February 23, 2009 will be broadcast on CBC Radio One's Ideas on Thursday, April 27, 2009 at 21:00.
April 2 & 3, 2009: The Simons Foundation, the School for International Studies and the Human Security Report Project present a new seminar series that explores the social dynamics of peace and conflict. The second speaker in the series is Hans Peter Schmitz, Associate Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs & Research Associate, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University.
March 24, 2009: The Simons Foundation, the School for International Studies and the Human Security Report Project present a new seminar series that explores the social dynamics of peace and conflict. The first speaker in the series is Beth Simmons, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs & Director, Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University.
March 18, 2009: The School for International Studies and Hellenic Studies in cooperation with the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation University Seminars program, present a free seminar. For more information, please click here.
March 16, 2009: The School for International Studies presents a free public lecture by Boris Kagarlitsky, Director, Institute of Globalization and Social Movements (Moscow).
March 12, 2009: The School for International Studies and the Latin American Studies Program present a free public lecture by World Bank Economist, Shahid Yusuf.
February 23, 2009:The School for International Studies and the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures presents a free public lecture by Professor Tariq Ramadan on The Scope and Limits of Reforming Islam.
February 16, 2009: The School for International Studies and the Human Security Report Project presents a free public lecture by Professor Fawaz Gerges on The Prospects for Arab-Israeli Peace Making: Challenges and Opportunities.
February 9, 2009: The School for International Studies presents a free public lecture by Canadian Ambassador Ralph Lysyshyn on the dynamics of Canada-Russia relations through the lens of Russia's foreign policy. He will also talk about career opportunities in the Foreign Service and at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
January 30, 2009: The Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, the School for International Studies and the Art and Culture Studies present a free public lecture by Professor Hamid Naficy on Iranian Accented Cinema of Displacement: Exilic, Diasporic or Ethnic? For more information, please click here.
January 19, 2009: The School presents a free public lecture by Professor Benoit Rihoux on Methodological innovations for ‘systematic cross-case analysis’:The development of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and linked techniques.
November 21, 2008: The School, the department of Archaeology and the Centre for Forensic Research present a panel discussion on Mass Graves and Missing Persons: Reflections on Forensic Practice and Social Reconstruction in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina. For more information, please click here.
October 31, 2008: The School presents a free public lecture by Professor Ananta Kumar Giri on Cosmopolitanism and Beyond.
October 27, 2008: The School extends a warm welcome to Jeffrey T. Checkel as the first Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security and Martha Snodgrass to the Human Security Report Project.
October 1, 2008: The School for International Studies and Empowering Women of Burma (EWOB) presents a one-day comprehensive lecture and information session on Burma. For more information please click here.
August 13-15, 2008: The School will host a symposium on "The Decline of Secularism in Egypt".
June 25, 2008: Discuss the US Elections with Professor Sandy Maisel.
May 21, 2008: The Human Security Report Project released the Human Security Brief 2007 at the United Nations in New York. To access the Brief, please click here. For media coverage of the Brief, please click here.
April 11 and 12, 2008: The Simons Foundation and the School for International Studies will be hosting a Dialogue Conference on the Problems of Arctic Security in the 21st Century.
April 2, 2008: The School presents a free public lecture by Ha-Joon Chang.
March 12, 2008: The School presents a free public lecture by Professor Jayantha Dhanapala on Arctic Security Problems.
March 11, 2008: The School presents a free public lecture by Andrew Burns on Technology and Economic Prospects for the Developing World.
March 3, 2008: The School presents a free public lecture by Wenhui Fan on Blood Diamonds.
February 29, 2008: The School presents a free public lecture by Professor Mark Levine, University of California, Irvine.
February 29, 2008: The School presents a free public lecture by Professor Jack Snyder, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University.
January 31, 2008: The School presents a free public lecture by Professor Asifa Quraishi, University of Wisconsin, School of Law.
January 7, 2008: The School welcomes former Sri Lankan ambassador to the U.S. and former UN Under Secretary-General for Disarmament Jayanatha Dhanapala as the first Simons Visiting Chair in International Law and Human Security.
November 28, 2007: The School presents a free roundtable on Pakistan at a Crossroads.
October 25, 2007: The Human Security Report Project presents a lecture by Professor Jeffrey T. Checkel on October 25, 2007.
October 24, 2007: The School presents a free lecture by Professor Walden Bello.
October 19, 2007: The School presents a free lecture with guest speaker, Caroline McAskie, Assistant Secretary General, Peacebuilding Support, UN on October 19, 2007.
August 1, 2007: The School for International Studies extends a warm welcome to its newest faculty members: Nicole Jackson, Tamir Moustafa, Lara Nettelfield and Alvaro Pereira.
June 14, 2007: Read about our Director, John Harriss, a globally acclaimed social anthropologist in the SFU News. For more information, please click here.
May 16, 2007: The School for International Studies extends a warm welcome to the Human Security Report Project , one of the School's newest additions.
April 27, 2007: Congratulations to our Director, Dr. John Harriss who participated in the 2007 Sun Run on April 15th. He came in 11,662nd out of more than 54,000 participants, was the 8038th male to finish and was the 151st person to finish in the 60-64 year age group with a time of 58.45 minutes.
October 18, 2006: International Studies professor, Paul Warwick wins the 2006 dean's medal. The award acknowledges achievement in research, teaching and service. Click here for more details.
September, 2006: The School for International Studies extends a warm welcome to its new Director, John Harriss.
March 9, 2006: $2 million donated for Dialogue Chair. SFU will soon become an international centre for debate and discussion. Click here to read the SFU News article.