Also inside: Nuclear weapons, a Soviet saga, SCOTUS on ancient artifacts, and more...




New Tools for Big Questions

CISSR board member and political science professor Paul Poast is building on a University of Chicago legacy to better connect data to the study of international relations. Learn about Poast’s NewGene software and the history behind it...




FRIDAY December 15


The House of Government

Yuri Slezkine (U. of California, Berkeley)
Eleonor Gilbird (UChicago)


WEDNESDAY December 20





Jayna Zweiman: Welcome Blanket

Through December 17


Red Press: Radical Print Culture from St. Petersburg to Chicago

Extended through January 15




Politicizing Decline: Reformist Approaches to Indian Cash-Crop Production, 1835-1875


People on the Move

Karen AbuZayd (UN Human Rights Council)
Kathleen Newland (Migration Policy Institute)
Juliet Sorensen (Northwestern)


A Safer or a More Dangerous World? Nuclear Weapons in Today’s Global Community

With Austin Carson, Robert A. Pape, Paul Poast, Paige Price Cone, Paul Staniland (all UChicago)
Moderated by Steve Edwards (WBEZ)


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North Korea, US ‘In Game of Nuclear Chicken’

Interviewed on Chicago Tonight, Robert Pape, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), explained why he thinks recent military moves are pushing us closer to the brink of nuclear war. 


Chicago Maroon

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Oriental Institute Artifacts Case

The US Supreme Court heard a case on December 5 asking whether victims of terror attacks can seize Persian artifacts from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute as compensation.  More than 30,000 artifacts from the Institute's Persepolis Fortification Archive are at stake in the litigation.


The True Story Behind Turkey's Ancient
'Underwater Castle'

Geoffrey Summers, research associate at the Oriental Institute, weighs in on the discovery of a 3,000-year-old castle beneath the waters of Lake Van in eastern Turkey. Photos of the ruins, which Summers believes likely date to the Middle Ages, recently went viral with some headlines claiming evidence of a mysterious, “Atlantis-like” civilization.


Whither ISIS? Insights from Insurgent Responses to Decline

Political Science professor Paul Staniland examines what happened to 15 insurgent organizations in South Asia after a significant loss of control or influence over territory or a broader loss of momentum and support.

Why the Poor Support Populism: The Politics of Sincerity in Metro Manila

Drawing on the electoral campaigns of ousted Phillipines president Joseph Estrada, Sociology professor Marco Garrido argues for a new assessment of populist politics that acknowledges the political savvy of supporters as much as the skill of leaders.


FLAS Fellowship Competition & January information sessions

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition is open to graduate students  combining modern foreign language training with international or area studies.

Application deadline: February 12