Wed, July 29, 2015

SPIA In 60 Seconds

  • Justwan Joins Idaho Faculty

    The 2014-2015 academic year was a great year for job placements by Georgia's Political Science and International Affairs Ph.D. graduates. Most recently, Florian Justwan has accepted a faculty position at the University of Idaho, starting this fall. All total, five of our Ph.D. students accepted tenure-track positions, meaning that they will have the opportunity to earn tenure after several years at their new institutions. In addition to Florian's new position, Chris Hare is joining the University of California at Davis, Sarah Fisher is joining Emory and Henry College, Melanie Kolbe will be joining the Graduate School of International and Development Study in Switzerland, and Mark Owens is joining the University of Texas at Tyler. For more information about Florian Justwan's work, see:

  • Alumna Takes Fellowship Abroad

    For SPIA alumna Kendra Pengelly, her dreams of working in international policy have become a reality, and she has the School to thank. “I graduated in December of 2014 and started working for the European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress at the beginning of the New Year,” said Pengelly. “ I analyze legislation and policies vital to the trans-atlantic relationship between the EU and the US.” As the Robert Schuman Fellow at the European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress, Pengelly focuses on policy relevant to homeland security, cyber security, international trade, counterterrorism, nuclear security, international human rights, and the Middle East. She works alongside eleven European Parliament Senior staffers to encourage trans-atlantic dialogue.

  • Hands on Learning

    This month, Dr. Berejikian hosted the AP European History class from Cedar Shoals High School. Using his interactive policy computer games, he brought international relations to life for these lucky students. The day started with a lecture and training workshop, and moved to the hands-on computer simulation in the afternoon.  Dr. Berejikian provided each team with research topics and histories of their chosen countries, allowing the students to prepare for the day. Competing as major power players in interwar Europe, the students learned about cooperation, diplomacy, peace, and war.  Running back and forth across the room, the team leaders negotiated terms of roads, schools, and bridges, allowing each student a unique opportunity to learn policy through play.

  • Professor Diehl Delivers Lecture

    Paul F. Diehl, the Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and President-elect of the International Studies Association (ISA), delivered an invited talk at the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia entitled: “Not Taking One Thing at a Time: The Interdependence of Peace Operation Outcomes.” The talk detailed an ambitious new research agenda on the short- and long-term effectiveness of global peacekeeping and peacebuilding measures. This new agenda intends to answer important theoretical and policy-related questions about the use of peacekeeping operations through international organizations such as the United Nations and to improve their overall effectiveness in the long-run.

In the News

Former U.S. Rep John Barrow to be Scholar in Residence at SPIA

Jul 2015 Beginning in fall semester, former U.S. Rep. John Barrow will become a Scholar in Residence at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. Barrow is an Athens resident with strong ties to UGA and to the Athens the community. After receiving his degree in political science from UGA in 1976, Barrow went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School. In 2004, he was elected to Georgia’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented portions of eastern and Georgia until 2015. Previously, Barrow served for 14 years on the Athens-Clarke County Commission as the commissioner for the district that included UGA. Barrow will be teaching one class in the fall and two classes in the spring semester. The classes will focus primarily on factors that lead to political polarization in government today. Students will explore the impact of partisan gerrymandering, party caucuses, party leaders and legislative policy on party and ideological polarization.

Faculty news

Dr. Khripunov publishes op-ed in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Jun 2015 CITS Distinguished Fellow and SPIA adjunct professor Dr. Igor Khripunov published an op-ed in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists entitled "A culture of security: Focus for the next Nuclear Security Summit?" The article focuses on the evolving debate on nuclear security culture and the role of nuclear security culture in the discussions at the Nuclear Security Summits.

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Aug 10

PADP Fall 2015 Socialization

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fall orientation for students enrolling in spring, summer, and fall semesters of 2015. Socialization is a three-day event that will take place on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11 as well as Friday, August 14.

Sep 16

Speaker: Beth-Anne Leech

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

202 Baldwin Hall

Sep 25

Research Presentation: Prof. George Krause, University of Pittsburgh

Oct 23

Speaker: Mark Hetherington, Vanderbilt University

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Graduate Commencement