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On the Wall Street Journal web site, Prof. Anthony Gill gives a succinct and fascinating view of why the Taliban in Afghanistan have been so rapidly successful in taking territory, recently and decades ago. What might seem counter-intuitive to a lot... Read more
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Politics of Race and Ethnicity The Department of Political Science at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time (100%) tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Politics of Race and Ethnicity, starting September 2022. The search is open with respect to subfield and methodology. The successful candidate will teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses with capacity for large enrollments of diverse students as well as graduate seminars. The successful candidate will be expected to support the unit’s commitment... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak note that though climate events are much in the news lately, climate policy-making is losing its momentum. "The recent IPCC report is a grim reminder of the seriousness of the climate crisis. The wildfires in the Western United States and Canada, the zombie fires in Siberia, heatwaves in Southern Europe and the Pacific Northwest, and floods in Germany and China should motivate aggressive climate action...... Read more
Prof. James Long and South African colleague Chris Maroleng discuss at length whether investigating former leaders is good for democracy in the long run, using the recent prosecution and jailing of former South African President Jacob Zuma as an example. About going after former leaders for corruption, Prof. Long:"On the one hand, having sweeping immunity would completely undermine the concept of the rule of law. On the other hand, does the process become so political and there is over-zealous prosecution and it's used a a political weapon then law is... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak ask why local mayoral candidates are pressing climate change concerns in their campaigns? "Mayor hopefuls are focusing on crime, policing, and homelessness. Climate change does not seem to be on their agendas. Why is this surprising? Across the world, cities are the central nodes in climate politics. After all, they account for about 70% of carbon emissions. Cities will also face the brunt of climate impacts... Read more
"Is your movie popcorn too expensive?", asks Prof. Anthony Gill? Probably not, he says, in an informative and entertaining article for the American Institute for Economic Research. "Teaching about the price of movie snacks is one of my favorite political economy lectures. I begin by asking how many students think movie popcorn is 'too expensive?' About two-thirds of students raise their hands (with the other third sleeping). I then ask, '... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on Forbes web site discussing how Amazon's commitment to climate should include a pledge for more tree resources in immediate areas of its facilities: As a widely recognized climate leader, Amazon can play a role in improving urban resilience to extreme heat events. We suggest that “tree equity”, an important strategy to address urban heat waves, should become a part of the revised climate pledge. In... Read more
The research of Prof. Christopher Parker has been quoted in The New York Times Opinion page by Thomas B. Edsall discussing the lasting effects of Former President Trump's reactionary politics. "Trump appealed to voters, Parker continued, who “wanted ‘their’ country back, so they mobilized in an effort to make that happen.” These kinds of appeals can work in both directions." For the full read please link here.
Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash writes with colleagues in Penn State's The Regulatory Review on support for nuclear energy might be higher than most think. The climate crisis means that the electricity sector will be playing an ever-important role in the future. Think of the electrification of the automobile industry, where electricity replaces gas and diesel as the fuel. Or think of the increased use of fans and air conditioners to counter heatwaves. How would this additional demand for electricity be met? Much of the discussion has focused on solar and wind. Nuclear... Read more
Profs. James Long, Mark Alan Smith and Victor Menaldo contemplate why people, overall, may never agree if our Covid response was adequate or not enough: As an increasingly vaccinated world emerges from lockdowns,some people argue restrictions did not go far enough; others maintain the attempted cures have been worse than the disease. One reason for these conflicting views is that the answer depends on both facts and values. Government policies were often guided by scientific findings... Read more

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