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PCON Faculty Scholarship Update

By Edie MacPherson on December 10, 2015

Professor Jacob Mundy has a newly-published book titled Imaginative Geographies of Algerian Violence:  Conflict Science, Conflict Management, Anti-politics. Stanford University Press, Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures, 2015. http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=23799


Professor Alexander Karn has a newly-published book titled Amending the Past:  Europe’s Holocaust Commissions and the Right to History. University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.  http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5087.htm


Professor Teo Ballve was extensively quoted in the following article on the peace talks currently taking place in Columbia. http://www.frontline.in/world-affairs/at-the-edge-of-peace/article7911985.ece

Choice editors Just Named Professor Thomson’s Book on Reconciliation in Postgenocide Rwanda as One of its Outstanding Academic titles for 2014

By Aaron Solle on January 26, 2015

Assistant Professor Susan Thomson’s book, “Whispering Truth to Power: Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Postgenocide Rwanda”, has been named one of the outstanding books of the year by the University of Wisconsin Press.  See more here: http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5148.htm

Prof. Karen Harpp and “The Advent of the Atomic Bomb” Profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education

By Aaron Solle on January 19, 2015

Professor Karen Harpp and her popular course, “The Advent of the Atomic Bomb”, are profiled this month in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  You can read the article here:

Obstacles to Rwanda’s State-Led Reconciliation Process

By Aaron Solle on December 1, 2014
Professor Thomson on obstacles to reconciliation in Rwanda, published by the United States Institute for Peace, in its most recent issue of Insights. 

Phones beat drones in PCON war-game simulation

By Contributing Writer on November 24, 2014
Jacob Stoil explains the rules of engagement to the red team at a PCON war-game simulation.

Jacob Stoil explains the rules of engagement to the red team at a PCON war-game simulation. (Photo by Karen Harpp)

Professor Jacob Stoll extended learning well beyond his classroom’s four walls when his class participated in a simulated strategic battle of quick thinking versus in-depth planning and technology at the Colgate Bewkes Center.

Two teams of students, one armed with phones and the other commanding flying drones, experienced first-hand the complexities of field operations and the role and impact of planning and discipline when embroiled in a conflict. Learn more about the innovative learning experience.

Colgate Professor Jacob Mundy looks for ‘crisis’ to save Western Sahara

By Aaron Solle on September 22, 2014

Jacob Mundy

Writing about Western Sahara and Morocco in a feature article online at World Politics ReviewProfessor Jacob Mundy asserted that “a web of geopolitical interests keeps the conflict in a permanent state of limbo.”

Mundy, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies, looks for a disruptive event to “unbalance the deadlock,” though, he wrote, the likeliest events — the Arab Spring, the 2012 Mali crisis, and renewed oil and gas interest in the area – all have failed to do so, at least thus far.

Mundy’s conclusion: “Right now, oil is the factor to watch when it comes to the Western Sahara dispute.”

Mundy has taught at Colgate since fall 2011. He is co-author of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution and co-editor and contributor to The Post-Conflict Environment: Investigation and Critique. His forthcoming book is Imaginative Geographies of Algerian Violence.

Read Mundy’s September 16 article here (PDF). He has been quoted in the Washington PostUSA TodayBoston Globe and other outlets.


Prof. Susan Thomson Profiled in the Colgate Scene

By Aaron Solle on August 5, 2014

Susan ThomsonBoiling Point: Professor Susan Thomson maintains a cool demeanor despite having lived through heated moments in Africa.

“Good people do bad things, and bad people do good things,” said Professor Susan Thomson.

Read entire article here.

Projects for Peace Fellows Offer Final Thoughts on Summer Research

By Aaron Solle on July 22, 2014
Projects for Peace fellows Sarah Dickson ’14 and Michelle Van Even ’14 offer final thoughts on their summer research on immigration and national identity in Iceland.

Start-up community development organizations host Emily Luba, ’16

By Aaron Solle on July 2, 2014

This story was originally published by the Upstate Institute at Colgate University.

Emily Luba ’16 is new to the Field School this summer, and is working with two organizations that are new as well. Emily is a double major in Peace and Conflict Studies and Geography from Vancouver, and is working with community development start-ups Waterville First and the Horned Dorset Colony.

Emily Luba, '16, provides photos for the Horned Dorset Colony in Leonardsville

Emily Luba ’16 provides photos for the Horned Dorset Colony in Leonardsville

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Why are Rwandans Disappearing? Professor Susan Thomson and Co-Author Lara Santor Offer an Answer in the New York Times

By Aaron Solle on June 17, 2014

Link to NY Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/18/opinion/why-are-rwandans-disappearing.html?_r=0