Thursday September 22, 2011, 4:30 p.m., Corwin 127
The Art of Writing a Politics Research Proposal workshop, sponsored by the Bobst Center and the Department of Politics Graduate Program, will offer interested faculty and graduate students insights into the availability of research grants, guidance on crafting a research proposal and useful tips for a successful statement of work.
Professors Evan Lieberman, Associate Chair of Politics, Mark Beissinger, Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and Kosuke Imai, and Politics Grants Manager Bobbie Zlotnik to present.
Public Event: Wednesday October 19, 2011, 4:30 p.m., Bobst 105
Emil P. Bolongaita, Public Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank
A Revolution in Fighting Corruption? A Comparative Analysis of Indonesia's Anti-Corruption Agency
Thursday, October 20, 2011, 9:00 a.m., Location: Bobst 101
Roundtable discussion with Matt Andrews, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
Reform Leaders: Who are they and what do they do?
Thursday, October 20, 2011, 12 noon (Lunch served), Location: Robertson 035
Kurt Weyland, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin
Policy diffusion: The State of the Academic Conversation
World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development
Wednesday April 13, 4:30 p.m.
Robertson Hall (WWS) Bowl 01
A conversation with Nigel Roberts, Special Representative and WDR Director, and Gary Milante, WDR Research Economist
Building peaceful nation-states which respond to the aspirations of their citizens takes strong leadership, both international and domestic. The international community has an important role to play in assisting countries to avoid, contain and recover from conflict, and the recent past demonstrates how much can be achieved when global and national incentives align, and program implementation is appropriately designed and well-managed. Too often, though, efforts have failed to decisively address the motives and opportunities which help to mobilize violent conflict; to integrate political, security and development approaches; or to align local, national, regional and global actions. As a result, some areas have seen new waves of conflict and violence in recent years and some “post-conflict countries” have not yet managed to make a decisive shift to successful and stable development.
Nigel Roberts has worked in international development for over 30 years, spending much of this time in the field. He was based for extended periods in Malawi, Thailand, Hong Kong, Nepal, Kenya, Ethiopia and Jerusalem, as well as working on the Pacific out of Australia. Since 1968 he worked for various development NGOs, including Oxfam and Save the Children Fund. Nigel joined the World Bank in 1981 as an agricultural economist, and before co-leading the WDR team was for almost 20 years a field-based Country Manager (Nepal, Ethiopia) and then Country Director (West Bank & Gaza, the Pacific).
Gary Milante came to the World Bank in 2003 as a researcher, focusing on the causes and impacts of conflict and fragility as well as on effective post-conflict recovery. His interests are in applied game theory and modeling the political economy of peaceful compromise. Before joining the WDR 2011 team, Gary held a joint position in the Development Economics Research Group and the Bank’s Fragile and Conflict Affected Countries Group. He led the Bank’s "Peace and Development" research project focusing on successful post-conflict economic recovery through effective powersharing arrangements, political systems and macroeconomic policy. He has conducted research in Sudan and has recently written on the upcoming referendum. Additionally, he manages research projects on landmines and geography of conflict data, has written on the "Arab Democracy Deficit" and was a guest editor for a special edition on post-conflict transitions for the Journal of Peace Research. Gary has taught the World Bank's core course on fragility and conflict for internal and external audiences and leads the "Carana" post-conflict recovery simulation exercise for the course.
Sponsored by the Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS) Program, a joint initiative of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice
Conflict Resolution: The Role of Business in Dismantling Apartheid
Monday February 14, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Michael Young, business executive and mediator who brokered the secret talks that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa, will present a public talk titled, "Conflict Resolution: The Role of Business in Dismantling Apartheid" at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 14, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall.
This event is co-sponsored by the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Building Institutions in Fragile States
October 8, 2010
8:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Robertson Hall (WWS) Bowl 16
8:15 a.m. – Breakfast
Jennifer Widner, Professor of International Affairs and Politics and Director, Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and Innovations for Successful Societies Program
9:00 a.m. - Reform Leadership and Institutional Change
Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, Leadership and Coalition Building Program, World Bank Institute and former mayor of La Paz, Bolivia with comments by Robert Tignor, Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Emeritus
10:45 a.m. - Making Services Work: Mobilizing Social Pressures and Information
Sven de Kock and Martin Wust, FeverTree Consulting, South Africa
12 p.m. - Lunch
Jean-Paul Faguet, London School of Economics and Joseph Stiglitz’s Decentralization Team, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University
2:45 p.m. - Cities as Centers of Change
Videoconference with Antanas Mockus, former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia and candidate in the 2010 presidential elections
Case Study Research Workshop
Case studies are an important tool in research on effective peace agreements, international negotiation, and institution building. Scholars use qualitative cases to evolve theories, identify causal mechanisms, and trace processes. Sometimes they use them to text explanations. What makes some case studies better than others for these purposes? What kinds of steps should researchers take to ensure that others can replicate their work and understand the degree of uncertainty surrounding their conclusions?
4:30-6 p.m., Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219
Andrew Bennett (Georgetown University), with comments by Carles Boix (Princeton University) and Robert Keohane (Princeton University)
9:00 a.m., Robertson Hall, Bowl 016
Jack Goldstone (George Mason University), with comments by Andrew Bennett (Georgetown University)
- “Analyzing Institutional Change in Fragile States”
Jennifer Widner (Princeton University)
12 p.m., Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue
- A Modest Proposal?:
Colin Elman (Syracuse University) and Andrew Moravscik (Princeton University)
- “Historically-oriented Replication Datasets”
Evan Lieberman (Princeton University)
Andrew Bennett (Georgetown University), Jack Goldstone (George Mason University), Colin Elman (Syracuse University), Robert Keohane (Princeton University)
Co-Sponsored Comparative Politics Colloquium in AY 2010-2011
Thursday, October 7, 4:30 p.m., 105 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue
Sarah Zukerman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Bankruptcy, Guns or Campaigns: Explaining Armed Groups’ Post-War Trajectories”
Thursday, November 11, 4:30 p.m., 105 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue
Saumitra Jha, Stanford University
“Veterans, Organizational Skill and Ethnic Cleansing: Evidence from the Partition of South Asia” (with Steven Wilkinson)
Karen Barkey, Columbia University
“State Formation in the Ottoman Empire, A Dialogue with Reflections on Contemporary State Building Strategies”