Political Science News and Events
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The department congratulates Christopher Paul on his receipt of the 2014 Harold J. Webb, Jr. Award for Excellence in Political Science award. We also congratulate Gannam Rifkah on his nomination for the 2014 McAnulty College General Excellence Award.
CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. MARK HAAS FOR WINNING THE MCANULTY COLLEGE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP.
CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. KENT MOORS UPON HIS RETIREMENT IN DECEMBER 2013 AFTER 33 YEARS AT DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY.
CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. HAAS AND DR. IRWIN FOR PROMOTION TO FULL PROFESSOR AND TO DR. SCHULZE FOR PASSING THIRD REVIEW.
The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East (Westview Press 2012, co-edited with David Lesch).
The Arab Spring unexpectedly developed in late 2010 with largely peaceful protests in a number of Arab countries against long-standing, entrenched regimes. Rapid political change across the region ensued. The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East examines these revolutions and their aftermath. Noted authorities writing specifically for this volume contribute chapters focusing on countries directly or indirectly involved, illuminating the causes and immediate and long-term consequences of the revolutions in the region and internationally. A thoughtful concluding chapter ties together key themes, while also delineating persistent myths and misinterpretations.
Dr. Lew Irwin has published, Disjointed Ways, Disunified Means: Learning From America's Struggle to Build an Afghan Nation,
Dr. Clifford Bob has published The Global Right Wing and The Clash of World Politics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics, 2012).
Dr. Mark Haas has published a co-edited volume, The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics, and Ideologies (5th edition), published by Westview Press. The co-editor is David Lesch. Dr. Haas also contributed two chapters to it: The Introduction (co-written with David Lesch) and "Ideology and Iran's American Policies, 1997-2008."
The Clash of Ideologies: Middle Eastern Politics and American Security (Oxford University Press, 2012).
This book examines how leaders' ideological beliefs have shaped America's relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey since the end of the Cold War. Most notably, the book demonstrates how ideologies have greatly affected policymakers' choices of allies and enemies, as well as efforts to spread their ideological principles abroad as a key means of advancing their interests. The purposes of the book go beyond advancing theoretical debates in the international relations literature. It also aims to provide policy guidance on key international security issues. These prescriptions are designed to advance America's interests in the Middle East in particular, namely how U.S. leaders should best respond to the ideological dynamics that exist in the region.
Congratulations to Dr. Moors on his new book, The Vega Factor, Oil Volatility and the Next Global Crisis.
Dr. Lew Irwin has been promoted to Brigadier General, Commander of the 926th Engineer Brigade, a combat engineer unt of the U.S. Army Reserve based in Montgomery, Alabama.
Dr. Kent Moors has been named a scholar in-residence at the Institute for Energy and the Environment.
Dr. Mark Haas wrote a chapter, "America's Golden Years? U.S. Security in an Aging World which appeared in: Political Demogrphy: Interests, Conflict and Institutions, edited by Jack Goldstone, Monica Duffy Toft, and Eric Kaufmann (Paradigm Press, 2011).
Congratulations to Fr. Sawicki who is celebrating his Silver Jubilee.
Congratulations to Dr. Haas who won the Fr. Richard V. Paluse Mission-Related Research Award for 2011-2012.
Congratulations to Dr. Charles Rubin who won the 2010 Carey McWilliams Award for the Best Paper on Politics, Literature, and Film.