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The Department's Newsletter:
Panther Politico Spring 2012




Political Scientists in the News

Dr. Jason Reifler in The New York Times (August 2012):

"Campaigns Play Loose With Truth in a Fact-Check Age" by Michael Cooper

Dr. Jeffrey Lazarus and Dr. Jason Reifler in The Washington Post (August 2012):

"Paul Ryan requested stimulus money. But did congressional requests matter?" By Dylan Matthews

Chilean Ambassador Visits Atlanta

On Wednesday, October 9, Chilean Ambassador Felipe Bulnes spoke at a program sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, the Department of Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the Center for Human Rights and Democracy. The program began with a "Charlie Rose"-style interview with Dr. Chris Brown, a Lecturer in Political Science and Vice President at the World Affairs Council, and was then opened to an engaging discussion with students and faculty. Topics included why the country has been able to achieve sustained economic growth (averaging more than 5% for the last 20-plus years) and political stability, ongoing efforts to address high income inequality, recent student protests, the upcoming elections, and studying and teaching in Chile. The roughly 90 participants at this event, held in Langdale Hall's Troy Moore Library, were able to see a polished diplomat in action in a warm and relaxed setting.

GSU Day at the Georgia Legislature



Although retired from GSU's Political Science Department, Dr. Bill Thomas has championed the Legislative Intern Program for over 30 years here at Georgia State. This year Georgia State is fortunate to have seven students serving as legislative interns during the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly. These dynamic individuals will be assigned to a House or Senate committee and will learn the legislative and policy process from inside the Gold Dome.


From Left to Right: Top Row

Pounce, Elizabeth Pettis, President Becker, Shaina Salman, Lawrence Pittman, Sean Moore

From Left to Right: Bottom Row

Adriana Macchione, Taylor Blumenthal, Lliana Uzunova, Kimmia Salehi and Dr. Bill Thomas

United States Institute of Peace Announcement


In association with the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding of the United States Institute of Peace, the Korbel School at the University of Denver and the Kroc Center at Notre Dame University, Georgia State University hosted a competition to develop case studies to support teaching, training and research in conflict prevention and management, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.The competition aimed to build a series of cases that illuminated current problems and challenges for practitioners engaged in conflict prevention and management, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation as well as for scholars studying peace and conflict. Our panel of experts reviewed 67 proposals and requested full-length case studies from 25 participants.  From that pool, the following 10 winners were awarded $1000 checks and continued on to the USIP's additional contest for publication in their educational journal. Congratulations to the following winners:

Dr. Bidisha Biswas- Western Washington University
Franzisca Zanker and Ali Buchberger- GIGA
Craig Collins-Coordinator, Initiative on Quiet Diplomacy and Dr. Stefan Wolff- University of Birmingham, UK
Dr. Karen Ellerby- University of Delaware
Felix Haas- UNITAR
Geoffrey Macdonald- University of Denver
Christina Sciabarra and Dr. Faten Ghosn- University of Arizona
Daniel Solomon- Georgetown, School of Foreign Service
Dr. Maja Sostaric- Impunity Watch
Dr. Rudi Sukandar- London School of Public Relations, Dr. Endah Agustiana- UNDP Timor-Leste and Dr. Claudia Hale- Ohio University



Model Arab League Completes GSU Sweeps of National Awards
(April 2012)

The Model Arab League Team participated in the National Model Arab League Competition in Washington DC over the weekend. We represented Yemen this year. Once more for the third year in a row we won the Outstanding Delegation Award. In addition six of our delegates won Outstanding Delegate Awards and four of our delegates won Honorary Mention Awards. Our advocates on the Arab Court of Justice won Honorary Mention Awards and we also won the Outstanding Justice Award on that body. In addition we won two chair positions for next year’s conference.

This follows the team winning the Outstanding Delegation Award at the Southeast regional Model Arab League two weeks ago. This regional winning streak is in its 9th year. These were especially exciting Conferences as we had to represent a country in turmoil (Yemen) in a region in turmoil. Along with the UN team the Arab League Team has the won top awards at all regional, national and international conferences they have participated in this year (a total of six conferences three for each team).


GSU Model UN Team Wins Top Award at National Model UN Competition
(April 2012)

The GSU Model United Nations Team just finished attending the National Model UN conference in New York (April 1st-April 5th). This year we had a team of 31 students and represented Russia. Once again GSU's Team won the top award (Outstanding Delegation Award). This award is given to teams judged as being in the top 5% of teams participating. This is the 6th consecutive that we have won this honor. Approximately 3,000 students from 181 other schools and programs participated in the conference. As usual about half the teams were from overseas; Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. This is the largest Model UN simulation in the world.



The 22nd Cairo Model Arab League Conference
(November 2011)

The GSU Model Arab League Team participated in its first International Conference overseas at the 22nd Cairo Model Arab League Conference held in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Naim and a team of 16 members went to the American University in Cairo, where four of the committees are in Arabic and four are in English. They participated in the four English language committees. The Political Science Department is proud to announce that the GSU Model Arab League won the Best Delegation Award (the top award) in three of the four committees. Congratulations! 



“Japan: After the Crisis”
(September 15, 2011)

The program featured the Department’s own Dr. Kim Reimann, as well as Mr. Takuji Hanatani, Consul General of Japan, Mr. David Kirk, President of Murata Electronics of North America, and Mr. Robert Marsh, Vice President of UPS. Dr. Reimann moderated the discussion and gave an overview of the current situation in Japan. The other participants examined the government’s response to the earthquake/tsunami, the disaster’s overall impact on the economy, and its impact on business. UPS has been heavily involved in the relief effort and hosted the event at its international headquarters.






9/11: America & the World Ten Years Later
(September 15, 2011)

Three Middle East Institute faculty members discussed the aftershocks of September 11th, 2001.  They explored how this event has changed – and continues to change – America and the world.

Dr. Michael Herb, Department of Political Science: 
The Consequences of 9/11 in the Arab World

Dr. Rashid Naim, Department of Political Science:
The Impact of 9/11 on U.S. Alliances in South Asia

Dr. Abbas Barzegar, Department of Religious Studies:
Being and Belonging: American Islam Before and After 9/11

Jimmy Carter and Dr. McCoy

Dr. Jennifer McCoy's New Book (Fall 2011) 

International Mediation in Venezuela 
by Jennifer McCoy and Francisco Diez
Foreward by Jimmy Carter

“For almost two years between 2002 to 2004, following an abortive coup that almost dislodged Hugo Chavez from the Venezuelan presidency, the Carter Center based in Atlanta worked with the Organization of American States and the UNDP to prevent deadly conflict and to promote political dialogue. This thorough and insightful account combines gripping firsthand testimony with the thoughtful analysis of the lessons to be learnt. The authors display a deep understanding of the complexities of this deeply divisive period in Venezuelan politics. At the same time they remain steadfast in their commitment to democratic reconciliation, and they are also real­istic about the limits of external mediation in such disputes.”

—Laurence Whitehead, Nuffield College, Oxford UniversityT

On September 14, 2011 a booksigning was held at the Carter Presidential Library Theater.


Recent Faculty Publications:
Dr. Henry F. Carey
  • Reaping What You Sow: A Comparative Examination of Torture in France, Argentina, Israel, and the United States (November 2011) 
  • Privatizing the Democratic Peace: Policy Dilemmas of NGO Peacebuilding (December 2011)
  • Getting Peacebuilding Right or Getting it Done? Subcontracting Process Dilemmas of Advocacy and Service NGOs (2011)

Dr. John Duffield

  • Toward a Common European Union Energy Policy: Problems, Progress, and Prospects (June 2011)

Dr. Mario Feit

  • Democratic Anxieties: Same-Sex Marriage, Death, and Citizenship (March 2011)

Dr. Robert Howard & Dr. Amy Steigerwalt

  • Judging Law and Policy: Courts and Policymaking in the American Political System (August 2011)

Dr. Jennifer McCoy

  • International Mediation in Venezuela (co-authored with Francisco Diez, 2011)

Dr. Sean Richey

  • Voting by Mail: Political Participation and Electoral Reform (2011)
  • Social Networks and Democracy (2011)

Dr. Amy Steigerwalt

  • Battle Over the Bench: Senators, Interest Groups, and Lower Court Confirmations (2010) 


A Sample of Publications in Top Journals for 2010 - 2011:

  • AJPS (1)
  • PRQ (3)
  • Political Behavior (1)
  • Political Communication (1)
  • Comparative Political Studies (1)
  • Comparative Politics (1)
  • Party Politics (1)
  • International Studies Quarterly (5)
  • Electoral Studies (2)


All together, GSU's Political Science faculty members published 10 books, 37 articles, and 11 book chapters in 2011.