UW International Security Colloquium (UWISC)

University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC) is the only academic colloquium devoted to international security in the Pacific Northwest. The Colloquium, which is interdisciplinary and open to the public, sponsors seven to nine speakers a year from the across the United States and Europe, as well as from UW faculty and students. The focus for 2013-2014 is on Asian Security, so the majority of the presenters are experts that field. All lectures are held Fridays from 12:00-1:20 pm, in the Olsen Room/Gowen 1a.

UWISC is sponsored by the Severyns-Ravenholt Endowment, the Richard B. Wesley Graduate Student Fund for International Relations, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the UW Political Science Department, and the Center for Global Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies.


2013 - 2014 Seminar Schedule
Chaired and organized by Emily Kalah Gade, Richard B. Wesley Fellow in International Security.


UWISC web site

Please click here for the Severyns-Ravenholt 2013 - 2014 Schedule.

Please click here for a list of past talks/conferences.



Spring Quarter 2014

Friday, 11 April 2014
Todd Hall
, Lecturer, St. Anne's College,Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford
"Affected Actors: Theorizing Affective Politics after 9/11"
Discussant: James Harmon, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department

Friday, 23 May 2014  - Severyns-Ravenholt Lecture
Jennifer Lind, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
"Geography, Maritime Power, and the Pacific Rivalry"
Discussant: Andrew Cockrell, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department




Winter Quarter 2014

Friday, 17 Jan 2014  - Severyns-Ravenholt Lecture
Saadia Pekkanen, Job & Gertrud Tamaki Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of
International Studies at the University of Washington
"Asian Designs: Risen Powers and the Struggle for International Governance"
Discussant: Crystal Pryor, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department

Friday, 14 Feb 2014  - Severyns-Ravenholt Lecture
Matthew Nelson, Reader, Department of Politics and International Studies, School of
African and Oriental Studies (London, UK)
Islamic States and the Securitization of the Muslim Self"
Discussant: Rachel Cook, UW Ph.D. student, Middle East Studies Department

Friday, 7 March 2014
John Owen
, Professor, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia
"Springs and Their Offspring: The International Consequences of Domestic Uprisings"
Discussant: Will d’Ambruoso, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department

Autumn Quarter 2013

Friday, 18 Oct 2013
Tanisha Fazal
, Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame
"Secessionism and Civilian Targeting"
Discussant: Kristan Seibel, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department

Friday, 1 Nov 2013
Crystal Pryor
, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department
“Strategic Export Controls: Explaining Divergence among Similar Countries on Similar
Strategic Goods”
Discussant: Meredith Loken, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department

Friday, 15 Nov 2013
Stephan Hamberg
, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department
"Electoral Violence in New Democracies: Institutionalizing Peaceful Transitions"
Discussant: David Lopez, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department