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CITS hosts Chinese delegation

Center for International Trade and Security

Dec 2014

CITS recently hosted a Chinese delegation led by Secretary General Mr. Chen, Kai from the Chinese Arms Control and Disarmament Association (CACDA). The group shared their thoughts and opinions on CBRN Security and CBRN Security Culture with CITS staff. CITS and CACDA are long-time partners in the areas of nonproliferation and strategic trade control. As part of this discussion, CACDA and CITS expanded their collaboration to include future work on chemical security.

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PhD Students Accept Assistant Professorships

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Dec 2014

Two students in the Political Science & International Affairs Ph.D. program have recently accepted faculty positions at first-rate academic institutions. Both of these students will graduate with their Ph.D. in Political Science & International Affairs from the University of Georgia in May 2015 and will start their new faculty jobs in the fall of 2015. Chris Hare has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. In 2013, US News and World Report ranked UC-Davis as having the #23 graduate program in Political Science nationwide. Sarah Fisher has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Politics, Law, and International Relations at Emory & Henry College. Emory & Henry is consistently regarded as one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. In 2014, Washington Monthly rated Emory & Henry as the #37 liberal arts college in the nation.

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Does Wall Street Like Gridlock? It Depends on the Grid

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Dec 2014

Professor Keith T. Poole was quoted in a recent New York Times article discussing Wall Street and political gridlock. Rising political polarization in Congress correlates closely with rising income inequality in America, Poole said. “We’re now approaching levels of inequality we haven’t seen since the Gilded Age,” he said. This has been accompanied by disproportionately high earnings on Wall Street, he observed. With a highly polarized, Republican-dominated Congress likely to be bickering with a Democratic president in his last two years in office, he said, major tax and regulatory legislation to restore a more equitable balance is unlikely. “Wall Street is getting very rich,” he said. “And with gridlock, that trend is likely to continue. It’s no wonder that Wall Street likes gridlock.”

The New York Times

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CITS trains Ukrainian nuclear professionals

Center for International Trade and Security

Dec 2014

The Center for International Trade and Security, in partnership with Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant, Bulgaria, hosted a training workshop for a group of high-level Ukrainian nuclear professionals on "Nuclear Security Culture: Theory and Practice" in Sofia, Bulgaria between November 24-27. The workshop was funded by the United States Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS), UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

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Ph.D. Student Presents at APPAM

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Dec 2014

Ph.D. student, Courtney Yarbrough presented her paper, "State Policies to Curb Opioid Abuse Lead to Improved Pain Outcomes for Medicare Home Health Patients," coauthored with Dr. David Bradford at the APPAM Fall Research Conference which took place November 6-8, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM.

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Huge UGA Presence at APPAM

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Dec 2014

The University of Georgia's Department of Public Administration and Policy had a huge showing at the annual APPAM conference that was held November 6-8, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. Drs. Robert Greer, Jeffrey Wenger, Laurence O'Toole, and Tima Moldogaziev each presented papers. Dr. David Bradford also presented five papers at the conference. Ph.D. student, Courtney Yarbrough also presented a paper. APPAM is an organization dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.

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Student News

MPA Students Start Nonprofit Organization

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Nov 2014

Pack to Plate is a community solution that seeks to increase food security and food literacy in Athens. Pack to Plate is also dedicated to food rescue; saving health, fresh food from going to waste and delivering it to those who need it most. This organization is the brainchild of current and past MPA students Sam Perren, Sarah Sheehan, and Amanda Newell. The organization was granted official 501c3 tax-exempt state is October of 2014, but has been in full operation since spring.

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Professor and Undergraduate Student Publish Washington Post Article

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Nov 2014

Professor Michael Lynch and undergraduate student Rachel Surminsky co-authored the article “When Congress sues the president, it’s likely to fail” in the Washington Post blog, The Monkey Cage. The article outlines four challenges that Congress face when pursing legal action to executive decisions. In particular, Lynch and Surminsky’s article is aimed at Speaker Boehner’s third attempt to hire a lawyer to sue President Obama’s decisions to delay the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate requiring all large businesses to provide employee insurance starting in 2014. The bottom-line: “don’t expect Turley and Boehner’s lawsuit to succeed anytime soon.”

The Washington Post

CITS in China

CITS engages with Chinese partners

Center for International Trade and Security

Nov 2014

The Center for International Trade and Security recently expanded its engagement with China through a series of exchanges of training. In late September, CITS jointly hosted an export control workshop with the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in Beijing, China. In early October, a delegation of multiple corporation corporations and academics traveled to Athens, Georgia to participate in the Security & Strategic Trade Management Academy as well as receive a separate training workshop focused on strategic trade control, compliance, and supply chain management.

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Promoting Security Culture in Southeast Asia

Center for International Trade and Security

Nov 2014

The Center for International Trade and Security, in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Partnership for Nuclear Security (U.S. Department of State), hosted a conference on “Promoting Security Culture in Southeast Asia” held September 29 – October 1, 2014, in Serpong, Indonesia. The event marked the inauguration of BATAN’s Center for Security Culture and Assessment – the first center of its kind in the world devoted to the promotion of nuclear security culture.

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