UWISC: International Security Colloquium

The University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC) is the only academic colloquium devoted to international security in the Pacific Northwest. The Colloquium is interdisciplinary and open to the public and sponsors seven to nine domestic and international speakers, as well as speakers from UW faculty and students. All lectures are held Fridays from 12:00-1:20pm in the Olson Room/Gowen 1a.

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

Upcoming Events

May 27, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Wendy Pearlman, Associate Professor, Political Science at Northwestern University
Narratives of Protest in Syria
June 3, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Robert Vitalis, Professor, Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
A Mongrel-American Social Science: International Relations

Past Events

2016

Title Date Time Location
Networks of Sectarianism: Experimental Evidence on Access to Services in Baghdad
Fotini Christia, Associate Professor, Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Apr 22 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Dynamics of Insurgency: Historical Process and Alliance Formation
Anna Zelenz, PhD student, University of Washington, Department of Political Science
Apr 1 12:00pm to 1:30pm Gowen 1A
In & Out of Bounds: Black State Membership in Regional Organizations
Vanessa Quince, PhD Student, University of Washington, Political Science Department
Feb 12 12:00am to 1:30pm Gowen 1A
Keeping the Gloves On? Anti-Torture Norms and British Counterterrorism from the IRA to Al Qaeda
Frank Foley, Lecturer, King's College London
Feb 5 12:00pm to 1:30pm Gowen 1A

2015

Title Date Time Location
UWISC: Classical Realism in World Politics
Jonathan Kirshner (Cornell University)
Nov 20 12:00pm to 1:30pm Gowen 1A
UWISC: An Experimental Test of Social Contact Theory in Nigeria
Alexandra Scacco, New York University
Oct 2 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
CANCELLED: Classical Realism in World Politics
Jonathan Kirshner, Cornell College
May 29 12:00pm to 1:30pm Gowen 1A
UWISC Talk: What if NATO Hadn't Expanded ? A Counterfactual Analysis of Russia and the West
Kimberly Marten, Barnard College
May 1 12:00pm to 1:30pm Gowen 1A
Active Defense: Explaining the Evolution of China's Military Strategy
Taylor Fravel, MIT
Apr 17 12:00pm to 1:30pm Gowen 1A
From War-Making to State-Making in the post-Soviet de facto States
Kristin Bakke, University College London
Feb 13 12:00pm to 1:30pm Gowen 1A
The Resource-Conflict Nexus: Opium and Insurgency in the Shan State of Burma
John Buchanan, UW Political Science
Jan 30 12:00pm to 1:30pm Gowen 1A
Gender and Political Violence
Meredith Loken, Political Science Ph.D. Student, University of Washington
Jan 16 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A

2014

Title Date Time Location
Variation in Rationality in Foreign Policy Decision-Making
Brian Rathbun, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California
Nov 21 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Civilian Side Choosing in Insurgency
Emily Gade, Political Science Ph.D. Student, University of Washington
Oct 31 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
ISLL and gender based violence in the caliphate: is there a sexul jihad?
Mia Bloom, Lecturer, Professor of Security Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Oct 10 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Geography, Maritime Power, and the Pacific Rivalry
Jennifer Lind, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
May 23 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Affected Actors: Theorizing Affective Politics after 9/11
Todd Hall, Lecturer, St. Anne's College, Department of Politics and International Relations
Apr 11 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Springs and Their Offspring: The International Consequences of Domestic Uprisings
John Owen, Professor, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia
Mar 7 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Islamic States and the Securitization of the Muslim Self
Matthew Nelson, Reader, Department of Politics and International Studies, School of African and Oriental Studies (London, UK)
Feb 14 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Asian Designs: Risen Powers and the Struggle for International Governance
Saadia Pekkanen, Job & Gertrud Tamaki Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington
Jan 17 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A

2013

Title Date Time Location
Strategic Export Controls: Explaining Divergence among Similar Countries on Similar Strategic Goods
Crystal Pryor, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department
Nov 15 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Electoral Violence in New Democracies: Institutionalizing Peaceful Transitions
Stephan Hamberg, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department
Nov 1 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Secessionism and Civilian Targeting
Tanisha Fazal, Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame
Oct 18 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Norms and Torture
William d’Ambruoso (UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department)
May 3 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Why and Under What Conditions Do Civilians Oppose Groups Who Brutalize Them?
Emily Gade, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department
Mar 8 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Verification Mechanisms in International Agreements
Kristan Seibel (UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department)
Feb 8 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Friends Under Fire: Blame Attributions in the Fog of War
Andrew Cockrell, UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department
Jan 18 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A

2012

Title Date Time Location
Evangelicals and Insurgents: Narratives and Violence in the Peruvian Civil War
Steven Zech (UW Ph.D. student, Political Science Department)
Nov 30 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
The Collapse of Soviet Deterrence Theory, 1979-1989
Christopher Jones (UW Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies)
Nov 2 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Development of Democracy in the Middle East
Matthew E. Goldman (UW Ph.D. student, Near and Middle East Studies)
Oct 12 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Aid Under Fire: How Development Projects Impact Civil Conflict
Patrick Johnston, Associate Political Scientist, RAND Coorporation
May 11 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
International Politics: The Rules of the Game
Yuen Foong Khong (Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford)
Apr 27 12:20pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Severyns Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics/UWISC Lecture on Regional Security in Asia
Barry Buzan (Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science)
Apr 6 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Natural disasters and civil conflict
Joshua Eastin, UW Political Science Ph.D student
Mar 9 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Electoral Violence in New Democracies: Institutionalizing Peaceful Transitions
Stephan Hamberg, UW Political Science Ph.D student
Feb 3 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Power & Authority in International Relations: Evidence from a Non-Western Case
David Kang (Professor of International Relations & Business, University of Southern California)
Jan 13 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A

2011

Title Date Time Location
Explaining the Transnational Advocacy Agenda: Insights from Human Security Practitioners
Charli Carpenter, Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Nov 18 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Reframing Energy Security: How Oil Dependence Influences U.S. National Security
Charles Glaser, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
Oct 28 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
The Rhetoric of Power Politics: Hitler’s Legitimation Strategies, British Policies, & World War II
Stacie Goddard, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College
May 20 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Types of Security Threats and National Strategies: An Exploratory Case of China under Mao
David Bachman, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
May 13 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Climate Wars? Security Implications of Climate Change
Halvard Buhaug, Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of Civil War, Peace Research Institute Oslo
Apr 29 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Dynamic Deterrence in Civil War: Evidence from (Simulated) Airstrikes in Afghanistan
Jason Lyall, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale
Apr 15 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Don't Stop Thinking about Yesterday: An Experiment with Conflict Narratives in the Caucasus (or “Let ‘baijans be ‘baijans”)
Scott Radnitz, Assistant Professor of International Studies,Jackson School, University of Washington
Mar 4 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
The Puzzle of Rwanda's Genocide
Alan Kuperman, Associate Professor of Government, University of Texas, Austin
Feb 11 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A

2010

Title Date Time Location
Peacekeeping and the Security Dilemma
Andrew Cockrell, Political Science PhD Student, University of Washington
Dec 3 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
Assessing Intentions in International Politics
Keren Yarhi-Milo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Princeton
Nov 12 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
War and the Religious Calendar
Ron Hassner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Oct 15 12:00pm to 1:20pm Gowen 1A
The Social Construction of Strategy
Nicolas Jabko, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies and Research, Sciences Po
Apr 30 12:00pm
Nuclear Power without Nuclear Proliferation?
Scott Sagan, Co‐director, Center for International Security and Cooperation, and Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University
Apr 16 12:00pm
Democratic Transitions and Violence
Stephan Hamberg, Ph.D. Student, University of Washington
Mar 5 12:00pm
UWISC Talk
David Welch, CIGI Chair of Global Security, Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo
Feb 5 12:00pm
Authoritarian Regimes, Domestic Politics, and Conflict Outcomes
Jessica Weeks, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University
Jan 22 12:00pm