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John Wilkerson
Read the guest post from John Wilkerson and Nick Stramp of the University of Washington’s Department of Political Science and David Smith of the College of Computer and Information Sciences at Northeastern University: "Why bill success is a lousy way to keep score in Congress" (in The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage blog).
"Egyptian General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi need no longer hold his breath in Cairo. Not only did Egyptians just overwhelmingly approve a heavily revised version of the December 2012 Constitution, but Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces just gave Sisi the green light to run for president. This is bad news for the Muslim Brotherhood and other dissenters who have been violently repressed since the overthrow of former President Mohammed Morsi last summer..." Read the rest of Prof. Victor Menaldo's guest post in The Seattle Times:... Read more
In December 2013, Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was arrested in New York for human rights violations and visa fraud. The incident  touched off a crisis in U.S.-India relations. Read Aseem Prakash's opinion piece in The Seattle Times.
Chris Parker
Listen to the interview on KPFK Los Angeles (20 Jan. 2014). Discussion of MLK legacy and race, class and economics.
"Egypt’s revolution is set for a new phase. The country’s armed forces have taken their turn writing and winning support for a constitution entirely of their own making. On Jan. 14 and 15, Egyptians voted on a heavily revised version of the December 2012 charter authored by President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood — an illiberal document that alienated the military and secular groups and helped precipitate a coup against Morsi last July. The constitution is expected... Read more
Karen Litfin, a University of Washington professor of political science, spent a year traveling and researching her book, Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community. Litfin, along with Deni Ruggeri of the University of Oregon’s landscape architecture program and Anita Van Asperdt, a local landscape architect, will be discussing “Ecovillages and Ecodistricts: Solutions for Climate Change” at the UO Jan. 13. Reade the full article at EugeneWeekly... Read more
Prof. Chris Parker interviewed on MSNBC's Disrupt, "Will the Tea Party outlast Pres. Obama?" Prof. Aseem Prakash in Boston Review, "The World in not Scandinavia" Prof. Aseem Prakash in, "Government corruption leads to industrial accidents, not global brands"... Read more
Professor Barry R. Weingast will be visiting the Department February 5 to 7, 2014 as the Earl and Edna Stice Lecturer in the Social Sciences.  The Stice Lectureship was established with a bequest from Dr. Glen Stice in honor of his parents to bring outstanding scholars to campus to discuss issues dealing with the Bill of Rights, philosophy of law, philosophy of politics, privacy in an urban society, the concept of community, and the purpose of government. Profess Weingast is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Ward C. Krebs Family Professor in the Department of Political Science... Read more