What an exciting day! We could not miss the opportunity to walk down to the Washington Monument to watch the Discovery Space Shuttle fly over. Here are a few iPhone shots we took as it appeared just above the trees and flew by a few times right over the Mall.
There’s always something to do for our students. The events just keep coming at the Elliott School. See the calendar for more details.
Lessons from Taiwan’s Elections
Stateless Places in the North Caucasus? Localized Forms of Sovereignty in Dagestan
Crowdsourcing as a Tool of Diplomacy
Network with Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies
Building a Better Haiti through Education
The Role of Egyptians in the U.S. in Building a Stronger Community and a Stronger Egypt
RESCHEDULED Security Policy Forum: Challenges Ahead: American and the Middle East
Ukraine’s Prospects: Economic Development, Energy Policy, and Business Climate
Elections and Public Opinion Polling in Russia
Middle East Policy Forum: King’s Counsel: A Memoir of War, Espionage, and Diplomacy in the Middle East
Fifth Annual James Millar Lecture: Soviet Industrialization through the Lens of Neoclassical Growth Theory
British Military Adaptation and the Struggle for Helmand, 2006-11
Women, Innovation and Aerospace
International Women’s Day 2012 at the Elliott School
See where our faculty appeared in the media last month:
Rocket Man: Gingrich peddles space dreams in Florida. John Logsdon, professor emeritus of political science and international affairs, is quoted. AFP, 1/27.
Mitt Romney on Space Coast promises “commitment to American exceptionalism” – not moon colonies. Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute, is mentioned. The Washington Post, 1/27.
2012: It could be a year of Middle East uncertainty. Nathan Brown, professor of political science and international affairs, comments. Washington Jewish Week, 1/4.
Why Iran’s currency dropped to worst low in two decades. Hossein Askari, Iran Professor of International Business, comments.Christian Science Monitor, 1/3.
Echoes of 1930s Heard in the West’s Current Political Crisis. Scheherazade Rehman, professor of international business and international affairs, comments. International Business Times, 1/1.
A November 2011 conference at GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium combined two of the Elliott School’s research strengths: women’s issues and space policy. The “Women and Mars” conference consisted of panel discussions on topics such as “Why are so many women involved in Mars exploration?” and “How can ‘Mars women’ help to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education for young women and reach non-traditional audiences?” The two-day event was co-sponsored by the Elliott School’s Space Policy Institute and Explore Mars, an organization committed to getting humans to Mars by 2030. NASA Astronaut Catherine Coleman delivered the keynote address.
“I just came from spending six months with five guys, most of the time — sometimes eleven when the space shuttle was there. The thought of spending two days with women passionate about space exploration… I couldn’t sign up fast enough!” Dr. Coleman joked.
Of her time on the International Space Station, Dr. Coleman said, “It’s magic every day. It’s stress and pressure every day. It’s wonderful to be up there. You want to stay up there, but at the same time, ‘home’ is always something you want to come back to.” That is why, she said, it is important for the people designing future Mars missions to consider some of the psycho-social factors that would be involved in such a challenging endeavor.
Dr. Coleman described some of the special concerns she, as a 50-year-old woman, faced in zero gravity. “I had probably the lowest bone density of anyone up there,” she said. She combated bone loss with exercise five or six days a week, as well as a drug used commonly to prevent osteoporosis.
Former GW Professor and current Assistant Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Colleen Hartman said, “Men went to the moon but everyone will be going to Mars.”
In order for that to happen, however, many of the panelists said today’s young girls need strong support. “Role models don’t have to be scientists or engineers, they can be other people in their lives,” said Penelope Boston, cofounder, National Cave and Karst Research Institute.
-from the Elliott School’s November 2011 Briefing Newsletter
I recently attended a book party celebrating some of the great work of our faculty, and I wanted to share links for you to learn more about their publications from this year. Take a look through the list and perhaps you’ll find some to put on your personal reading list.
Hossein Askari, Risk Sharing in Finance: the Islamic Finance Alternative
Michael Barnett, Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism;Humanitarianism Contested: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Michael E. Brown (ed.), Do Democracies Win Their Wars? An International Security Reader
Nathan J. Brown, When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics; (ed.) The Dynamics of Democratization
Robert Eisen, The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism
Amitai Etzioni, Law in a New Key: Essays on Law and Society
David Alan Grier (ed.), The Machines of Charles Babbage
Henry Hale (ed.), Russia in the 2000s: A Stereoscopic View
Hope Harrison, Ulbrichts Mauer. Wie die SED Moskaus Widerstand gegen den Mauerbau brach (Ulbricht’s Wall: How the SED Broke Moscow’s Resistance to Building the Wall)
Peter L. Hays, Space and Security: A Reference Handbook; (ed.) Toward a Theory of Spacepower: Selected Essays
James G. Hershberg, Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam
Norman Hicks, The Challenge of Economic Development
Benjamin Hopkins, Fragments of the Afghan Frontier
Gina M.S. Lambright, Decentralization in Uganda: Explaining Successes and Failures
John M. Logsdon, John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon
Marc Lynch (ed.), Revolution in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, And the Unmaking of an Era
Barbara Miller, Cultural Anthropology, 6th Edition
Kimberly Morgan, The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy
Henry R. Nau, Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions and Ideas
Joseph Pelzman, The Economics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Elizabeth N. Saunders, Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions
John Schmidt, The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad
David Shambaugh (ed.), Charting China’s Future: Domestic and International Challenges
Robert Shepherd, Partners in Paradise: Tourism Practices, Heritage Policies, and Anthropological Sites
Stephen C. Smith, Economic Development, 11th Edition
Robert Sutter, U.S.-Chinese Relations: Perilous Past, Pragmatic Present
Emmanuel Teitelbaum, Mobilizing Restraint: Democracy and Industrial Conflict in Post-reform South Asia