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Join the International Studies Leadership Council for a Lunch and Learn event featuring Bécquer Seguín, Assistant Professor of Iberian Studies in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures. Professor Seguín will discuss the events of October 1, 2017 in Catalonia—the legality of the referendum, federal police mobilization and violence—as well as Spain’s regional history and what might happen in the future—independence movements in Catalonia and other autonomous communities in Spain, references to the Spanish Civil War, the 1978 Spanish Constitution, corruption scandals, effects on European Union, European populism and historical fascism.
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This workshop brings together scholars from Political Science, International Studies, and Sociology to present their research and discuss contemporary issues in Turkish politics and society. During the first part of the workshop, the participants will present and discuss their working papers. The second part of the workshop will include a round-table focusing on issues facing Turkey and directions for future research.
Join the Johns Hopkins chapter of the John Quincy Adams Society for a discussion on “Messed Media: How to Fix Foreign Policy Press from the Inside.” The discussion will be led by John Allen Gay, executive director of the John Quincy Adams Society. Gay will speak about the structure of the foreign policy media space, including some of the key players in it, career paths, and structural weaknesses that lead to failures in the press’s duty to hold power to account. Previously, Gay served as managing editor of The National Interest, in other roles at the same magazine, and as a staffer at the Center for the National Interest. He is coauthor, with Geoffrey Kemp, of War with Iran: Political, Military, and Economic Consequences and of a forthcoming study on American strategy and regional order in the Middle East.
Police waged Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Crime,” which funneled federal money, materials, training, and technical assistance to states and municipalities. Through a close analysis of police experts’ own advocacy for the War on Crime, this presentation argues that law-enforcement leaders and their professional organizations were an essential constituency that devised and shaped this federal effort. Second, it shows that during the Cold War, these same key law-enforcement figures tested and implemented their police reform and professionalization measures in “third world” countries, as a central aspect of national security strategy to create “the first line of defense” against communist insurgency. This work overseas imparted lessons that they repatriated domestically, while also fostering organizational cohesion they then leveraged to demand federal intervention against urban unrest and crime. Overall, this presentation develops an approach to analyzing foreign policy and domestic policy in a single frame while showing how the personnel who enact policy also affect its design and implementation.