Jonathan Carlson, Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

“The End of Multilateralism and the Post-WWII International Order?” Watch this program! For nearly 75 years, the United States has championed a world order based on multilateral cooperation and the rule of law. While U.S. policies have never matched U.S. rhetoric over that time period, it would be fair to say that the United States […]

Elise Pizzi, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

“Political Conflicts Among Ethnic Minorities in China” Watch this program! Elise Pizzi is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. Currently, she is teaching a graduate level course on Chinese Politics and an undergraduate course on Comparative Environmental Policy. Past courses she Elise taught at the University of Iowa concerned political […]

Jeff Biggers, Thursday, February 22, 2018

“RESISTANCE: Reclaiming an American Tradition ” Watch this program! Jeff Biggers is the American Book Award–winning author of several works of history, memoir, journalism, and theater, including The United States of Appalachia, praised by the Citizen Times as a “masterpiece of popular history”; State Out of the Union, selected by Publishers Weekly as a Top […]

Dr. Gavin Slade, Thursday, February 15, 2018

“Good Governance? Prison Gangs and Informal Order in the Former Soviet Union ” Watch this program! Gavin Slade is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, who works on questions of criminal justice reform in the former Soviet Union. He has worked at Ilia State University, Tbilisi and the University of Toronto. Directly prior to […]

Sara Mitchell ,Thursday, November 30, 2017

“Patterns of Maritime Conflicts, 1900-2010” Watch this program! Sara McLaughlin Mitchell is the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. She has authored five books, the most recent being What Do We Know About Civil Wars? and has edited several special journal issues and published more than forty journal articles […]

Elizabeth Menninga, Wednesday, November 8, 2017

“Mediation to End Civil Wars: Assembling the Dream Team” Watch this program! Elizabeth Menninga is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at the University of Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015, specializing in International Relations and Political Methodology. Her research […]

America Colemenares, Tuesday, October 31, 2017

“Venezuela in Crisis” Watch this program! America Colmenares is a native of Caracas, Venezuela.  She moved to the United States in 1989 to study English and graduated from Augustana College in 1997 with a B.A. in Communications, Political Sciences, and Spanish and Literature.  In 2001, America graduated from the University of Kansas with a Masters […]

Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, Thursday, September 28, 2017

“To Leave in the Afternoon: Inheriting the Language of a Civil War” Watch This Program Ubah Cristina Ali Farah is a Somali-Italian novelist, performer, teacher and social activist. Her two novels, Madre piccola [Little Mother, Indiana UP 2011] and Il Comandante del fiume [The Commander of the River] tell stories of the Somali civil war and its refugees in Italy. In 2006, […]

Keith Porter & Jen Smyser, Wednesday April 26, 2017

“The International Order Under Fire: Old Problems and New Threats” Watch this program Jennifer Smyser is  Vice President and Director of Policy Programming for the Stanley Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s team of policy professionals in advancing multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security. Foundation programming […]

Howard Kerr, Tuesday April 4, 2017

“Vietnam: 1968-1969, New Leadership, Same Stalemate” Watch this program In mid-1968, President Nixon appointed Rear Admiral Elmo Zumwalt as the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Vietnam, with a promotion to Vice Admiral. The Navy had been in Vietnam since 1954 and this was the first Commander with a three-star rank. Howard Kerr accompanied the […]

Maria Filippone, Thursday February 9, 2017

“Gaza: To Exist is to Resist” Watch this program Gaza, often referred to as the Gaza Strip, is a narrow piece of land approximately 24 miles long and four to seven miles wide. This home to 1.85 million persons is bound by a border closure by Egypt to the south, Israel to the west, and […]

Elizabeth Onasch, Wednesday January, 18th, 2017

“Excluded by Definition: Representations of Immigrants in the French Civic Integration” Watch this program France established the “Reception and Integration Contract” for non-European migrants in the context of a perceived crisis of integration and a rise in right-wing populism. While the official purpose of this civic integration program is to facilitate migrants’ entry into society […]

Moe Shakally, Thursday December 1, 2016

“Bullets and Bombs: The Background Music for an Average Day in Damascus, Syria” Watch this program As the Syrian civil war continues, the average Syrian person is dehumanized to a number, a casualty, or a cost on a neighboring state. While the media has mainly been focused on the outflow of refugees, little is known […]

Janine di Giovanni, Thursday September 29, 2016

“The Human Face of Middle East Refugee Crisis” Watch this program Janine di Giovanni, Middle East Editor of Newsweek, contributing editor of Vanity Fair and contributor to The New York Times and The Guardian, is one of Europe’s most respected and experienced reporters, with vast experience covering war and conflict. Her reporting has been called “established, accomplished […]

Christopher D. Roy, Thursday September 1, 2016

“Continuity and Change in the Political and Cultural Life of a Small West African Country” Watch this program The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council presents an expert in the field of African art, Professor Christopher Roy. In his myriad of adventures throughout the past 45 years in Burkina Faso, he has observed a multitude of […]

Nicholas Martini, Thursday March 10, 2016

“Foreign Policy and the Role of the Public” Watch this program Nicholas Martini is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 2012. His research focuses on the intersection of international relations and political behavior. His current research explores the […]

Maureen “Micki” McCue, Wednesday February 10, 2016

“The Global Humanitarian Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: What, Why, Who and Where” Watch this program Dr. Maureen McCue has traveled, consulted, and worked extensively around the world as a physician, researcher, and peace maker. She served as physician to 500 US and Soviet Citizen Diplomats during the Cold War walking from Leningrad to Moscow […]

Sara Mitchell, Wednesday January 27, 2016

“Cross—Border Troubles? Interstate River Conflicts & Intrastate Violence” Watch this program Sara McLaughlin Mitchell is Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at the University of Iowa.  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Michigan State University in 1997 and her B.S degree in Economics and Political Science at Iowa State University in 1991.  […]

James D. Fielder, Wednesday November 4, 2015

“Putting Theory into Practice: Applying Political Science To Afghanistan Operations” Watch this program In this presentation, Lieutenant Colonel James Fielder, USAF discusses how he applied two political science models to respectively improve Afghan Air Force communications and to forecast the 2014 Afghan Presidential election outcome, the latter which drove force protection decisions for fellow Airmen […]

Ahmed Souaiaia, Wednesday October 28, 2015

“Genealogy & Ideology of ISIL & its Future” Watch this program The organization known today simply as the “Islamic State” has historical and ideological roots that go beyond the territories it now controls. These deep roots give ISIL confidence that it will succeed but give others reason that it will fail. Mixing a puritan religious […]