The Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum’s DRC Affinity Group
made two papers available for download: “Analyzing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Congolese Livelihoods,”
a detailed study of that legislation’s impact on mining communities in
eastern Congo and the extent to which various conflict minerals
initiatives have been implemented on the ground, and “Scenarios for the Democratic Republic of Congo,”
which analyzes possible succession scenarios after current president
Joseph Kabila’s term ends in 2016 [available in English and French].
The China-Africa Knowledge Project Resource Hub published Making Sense of the China-Africa Relationship, a digital collection of think pieces presented at a China-Africa Knowledge Project conference cohosted with Yale University [PDFs available].
In the latest Voices video at Next Generation Social Sciences, “Transforming South African Townships,” Next Gen Africa Doctoral Dissertation Proposal and Doctoral Dissertation Research fellow Madelein Stoffberg
(2012 and 2013) discusses her research on architects as potential
agents of change in community centers serving townships in Port
Tune in to the African Peacebuilding Network Podcast series, featuring commentary by academics and practitioners working in the field of African peacebuilding. Recorded at APN
conferences, meetings, and workshops, the ongoing series seeks to map
emerging challenges, respond to knowledge and policy gaps, and connect
peacebuilding conversations within Africa to those in other parts of the
African Peacebuilding Network director Cyril Obi
coauthored a chapter on “Nigeria and the Biafran War of Secession,” with
Godwin Onuoha of South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council, for
the recent Routledge volume Self-Determination and Secession in Africa: The Post-colonial State, and contributed “Oil and Conflict in Nigeria’s Niger Delta Region: Between the Barrel and the Trigger” to the
Extractive Industries and Society, a new journal providing a
platform for experts from academia, government, the NGO community, and
industry to explore key issues in the mining, oil, and gas economies.
In a piece for the National Interest, Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project director Leon Sigal counseled that the key to denuclearization for insecure states is gradual reconciliation with Washington: “Nuclear Negotiations: Applying North Korea Lessons to Iran.”
Seteney Shami, director of the Middle East and North Africa Program and the InterAsia Program,
commented on the short- and long-term challenges for research and
development of academic disciplines in the Arab world for an Al-Fanar Media article: “Arab Uprisings Echo in the Social Sciences.”
The InterAsia Program
cosponsored a two-day conference at the University of Oregon that
explored the changing relations between China and its neighbors: “China in Asia: Historical Connections and Contemporary Engagement.” The conference was organized by Transregional Research Postdoctoral fellow Xiaobo Su (2013) and included presentations by a number of fellows from the same cohort.
InterAsia Partnership steering committee member Prasenjit Duara authored the inaugural volume in a Cambridge University Press series on Asian Connections, The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future, which was edited by InterAsian Connections Conference Series participants Tim Harper, Engseng Ho, and
Sunil Amrith. Steering committee member Helen F. Siu coedited Asia Inside Out: Changing Times,
a survey of unnoticed moments that have redefined Asia over the past
five centuries, now available from Harvard University Press.
Findings from the Education Research Program’s latest publication, Aspiring Adults Adrift, framed a Chronicle of Higher Education article about the rise of outcome-based standards at colleges and universities: “Now, Everything Has a Learning Outcome.” Coauthor and former program director Richard Arum led a seminar about the book
hosted by New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. The preceding volume from the program’s Collegiate Learning Assessment Longitudinal Study project, Academically Adrift, had a starring role in the documentary film Ivory Tower, which had its global television premiere on CNN.
The American Academy of Religion’s annual conference featured a panel on “New Media, New Audiences: Making the Study of Religion Online,” a product of work commissioned by the Program on Religion and the Public Sphere.
New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Peter Manseau (2012) reflected on issues surrounding a recent meeting of Catholic bishops at the Vatican in an op-ed for the New York Times: “What Is a Catholic Family?” Fellow grantee Elizabeth McAlister (2012) wrote for the Los Angeles Times on secular logic and imprecatory prayer: “They’re Praying for the Worst. Is That Wrong?”
Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Kevin Edmonds
(2014) called on Caribbean governments to ensure sufficient regulation
with ganja legalization in a post for the North American Congress on
Latin America blog The Other Side of Paradise: “Race, Class, and Cannabis in the Caribbean.”
International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellow Kasia Paprocki (2013) coauthored a Food First backgrounder, “Brackish Waters and Salted Lands: The Social Cost of Shrimp in Bangladesh” [PDF], based on her fellowship research.