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Council Update Banner January 2013

The Immanent Frame Now in Its Sixth Year

The Immanent FrameThe Immanent Frame recently celebrated five years of digital publication. This dynamic SSRC forum—founded in conjunction with the Program on Religion and the Public Sphere—continues to produce a regular stream of original essays on secularism, religion, and public life. A current exchange on the new evangelicals calls attention to the growing group of American evangelicals who have “left the right,” featuring responses from a range of academic and nonacademic voices. Another recent discussion explores the politics of religious freedom. The latest installment of The Immanent Frame book blog focuses on the ethics of political reconciliation, with reflections on Daniel Philpott’s quest for a universal standard of reconciliation in his 2012 volume Just and Unjust Peace (Oxford University Press). You can follow The Immanent Frame on Facebook and Twitter.

The Eurasia Program has launched a Policy Brief Series, featuring short analysis papers by Eurasia Fellows. The series opens with briefs from 2012 Fellows Brinton Ahlin, Julian Gantt, Hannah Reiss, Igor Rubinov, and David Szakonyi.

December marked the second workshop of the CASS-SSRC Seminar Series on Migration, Social Development and Social Protection. Jointly coordinated by the SSRC Migration Program and China Environment and Health Initiative, the workshop brought together researchers from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and American migration scholars to consider migration policy challenges in China and the United States.

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) has awarded research grants to twenty-three African scholars and practitioners to support eleven individual and six team projects on peacebuilding and statebuilding in Africa. Based in African universities and research institutions in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, the grantees hold diverse postgraduate degrees and have histories of long-term commitments to peacebuilding on the continent.

New content at the APN forum Kujenga Amani includes “Prospects for Peacebuilding in Eastern Congo?,” an essay by Morten Bøås about the M23 rebel group's withdrawal from Goma, as well as book reviews of Catherine Bolten’s ethnography I Did It to Save My Life: Love and Survival in Sierra Leone and Abou Jeng’s Peacebuilding in the African Union: Law, Philosophy and Practice.

In the latest installment of the SSRC's On the Line podcast, Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellow Damion Blake (2011) discusses his work with Jamaica's organized-crime dons.

Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum program director William O'Neill commented on US violations of international law at Guantánamo Bay prison for Al Jazeera, and program associate Sabrina Stein contributed a chapter titled “The UN and Genocide: A Comparative Analysis of Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia” to The Politics and Policies of Relief, Aid and Reconstruction (Palgrave, 2012).

Leon Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, provided political analysis of North Korea's satellite program for the National Interest.

Patrick Guyer, chief statistician for Measure of America, coauthored “Insights from the Historical SERF Index” in the Nordic Journal of Human Rights, based on the research of the Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative, a collaborative project of the SSRC.

Education Research Program director Richard Arum was quoted in a New York Times article on the value of higher education and named a 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar in recognition of his substantial contribution to public debates about education.

SSRC Board member William H. Janeway was interviewed by AlterNet about breaking free of neoclassical economic theory and his new book Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2012), named one of the best economics books of 2012 by the Financial Times.

The Inter-Asia Program is holding an open call for workshop papers for its fourth Conference on Inter-Asian Connections, to be held in Istanbul in October. Workshops will focus on seven different themes of particular relevance to Asia, reconceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia and South Asia to East Asia. Applications are due by February 11.

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