The Council is pleased to join the Center for Advanced Study in the
Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS) in presenting a summit on “Knowledge”
that will bring together some of the world’s top social and behavioral
scientists in discussion with leaders in industry, media, and the
community to consider three central questions: How do we produce
knowledge? How do we disseminate it? How are we transforming the very
nature of knowledge itself? Keynote speakers will be Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, and former SSRC president and CASBS fellow Kenneth Prewitt,
now Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, director of the Future of
Scholarly Knowledge project, and special advisor to the president at
Columbia University. Board member
John Seely Brown, independent
cochairman of DeLoitte’s Center for the Edge, will serve as interlocutor
for panels on the “Future of Agency.” SSRC president Ira Katznelson and board member Margaret Levi,
director of CASBS, will offer closing remarks. The November 5 summit
will take place on the Stanford campus in Northern California. [Register to attend.]
President Ira Katznelson hosted a forum on Anxieties of Democracy as the feature story for Boston Review’s
fortieth anniversary issue, with respondents including scholars,
journalists, foundation leaders, and political organizers. The Anxieties of Democracy program welcomed its new director, Anoush F. Terjanian
[PDF], who will lead a next phase of activities centered on five working
groups exploring various stressors on democratic governance.
Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum deputy director Tatiana Carayannis and International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellow Louisa Lombard (2009) coedited and authored chapters in Making Sense of the Central African Republic, now available from the University of Chicago Press.
The African Peacebuilding Network’s latest policy brief
[PDF] made recommendations aimed at increasing the effectiveness of
African Union and United Nations peace operations in the Central African
Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project director Leon Sigal wrote for the National Interest on the troubling rhetoric coming from both North and South Korea. He spoke to the Korea Times
about the US take on South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s decision to
attend China’s military parade commemorating the seventieth anniversary
of the end of World War II.
Executive director Mary McDonnell and sociologist Robert Dingwall drew on their forthcoming edited volume The SAGE Handbook of Research Management to argue for stronger research leadership at universities in a piece for Times Higher Education.
A New York Times opinion piece examining the state of the public school system in post-Katrina New Orleans used data from the Measure of America report Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities to illustrate the limits of recent reforms. MOA’s
role in sparking efforts to launch a charter school aimed at reclaiming
young people in Phoenix who are neither working nor in school was
highlighted in an article in the Arizona Republic, and codirector Sarah Burd-Sharps appeared on WNYC and Public Radio International’s The Takeaway
as well as National Public Radio’s DC-based program The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the ties between youth disconnection and the decline in seasonal employment for teens.
The China-Africa Knowledge Project launched the CAKP Resource Hub Researcher Database,
an aggregation of over four hundred academics, practitioners, and PhD
candidates working on the China-Africa relationship. The CAKP Working Group convened scholars, advisors, and partners for a two-day planning meeting
in New York to discuss emerging areas of China-Africa research and
challenges and capacity gaps in teaching the next generation of
The Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum cohosted with the International Peace Institute a panel discussion
in New York in anticipation of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly
Special Session on the World Drug Problem, addressing key points of
debate, possible outcomes, and how to prepare for the session [video
Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum program associate Karim Kamel and program coordinator Sabrina Stein participated in a panel discussion on “UN Resolution 1325: International Instruments and How They Benefit Women” at “Women Leaders as Agents of Change: The Role of Women in the Changes Taking Place in the MENA Region,” an international conference held at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.
Drugs, Security and Democracy program manager Cleia Noia spoke at the Open Society Foundations in New York on “Inside Cracolândia: Promoting Health and Human Rights in Brazil’s ‘Cracklands.’”
The African Peacebuilding Network announced a new cohort of Individual Research grantees:
twelve African scholars and practitioners will produce research-based
knowledge relevant to peacebuilding policy and practice on the
continent. Two APN Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients will
complete research projects on ethnic minorities and land
conflicts in southwestern Nigeria and on the Nigeria-Cameroon border
conflict settlement. Mmegi Online reported on an APN workshop for grantees held at the University of Botswana in collaboration with the university’s Department of Political and Administrative Studies.
The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship announced its new cohort:
sixty-four fellows will develop their projects through
interdisciplinary workshops and exploratory summer research on topics
from the regulation of alcohol in China to a global history of cancer