Joshua Rovner, Tower Center, on Fox4

Fox 4 News Originally Posted: February 14, 2016 Joshua Rovner is the Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics & National Security Policy and Director of Studies for Tower Center for Political Studies. Watch him on Fox 4 News as he discusses Michael Flynn's rapid departure as national security adviser http://www.fox4news.com/home/235639535-story

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Michael Flynn’s resignation raises Russian connection questions

KRLD Originally Posted: February 14, 2017 Joshua Rovner, the Tower Center's Distinguished Chair in International Politics & National Security Policy, talks with KRLD radio about the resignation of President Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn. Members of Congress are calling for an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the resignation and perhaps linking it with an existing probe into alleged Russian meddling in the United States political system. Listen to Rovner's interview

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In Memoriam — Dennis Simon

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Dennis Simon, Associate Professor of Political Science and founding member of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, passed away on February 12, 2017. Arrangements are pending at this time. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dennis Simon.

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Request for Proposals for Undergraduate Mayer Fellows, 2017-2018

Each academic year, DCII sponsors six undergraduate Mayer Undergraduate Research Fellows. These students have a double major or a major and minor(s), and at least one of these must be in Dedman College. With two faculty mentors, each Mayer Fellow conducts a research project that combines and integrates the perspectives of his/her major(s)/minor(s). Mayer Fellows have access to funds to use for research travel or for other expenses related to their research project. See website for details. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/Mayer

Dedman College alumnus, Conner Kline, writes commentary in Star Tribune

Star Tribune Originally Posted: February 8, 2017 Conner Kline, is a recent graduate from Southern Methodist University with majors in history and political science. Betsy DeVos' sin in Democrats' eyes? Supporting school choice as a way to help kids The new ed secretary's positions didn't sit well with Democrats, or teachers unions, despite the demonstrated promise of such reforms.  With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, it appears that education armageddon has arrived. At least, that’s how Democrats and teachers unions are portraying it. At the end of their 24-hour talkathon, during which Senate Democrats decried the DeVos nomination as “an insult to schoolchildren and their families, to teachers and principals and communities fighting to improve their public schools all across [...]

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Tower Scholar Q&A | My time as a campaign manager

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: February 2, 2017 Kovan Barzani is a Junior from Plano, Texas triple majoring in Economics, Public Policy and Management with a minor in political science.  Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Kovan Barzani, class of 2017, managed Jim Burke’s 2016 campaign for the Texas House of Representatives District 114 in Dallas. Barzani started out as a Fellow at the Dallas County Democratic Party, and within a month he was running Burke’s campaign. Barzani is triple majoring in economics, public policy and management. Upon graduation in May he will be working for Capital One in Dallas as a business analyst. The Tower Center sat down with Barzani to hear his story. How did you become Jim Burke’s campaign manager? During my first couple of days as a [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Tower Scholar Q&A | My time as a campaign manager

Joe Kobylka, Political Science, a tale of two Trump rollouts

US News and World Report Originally Posted: February 2, 2017 President Donald Trump's orderly unveiling of his Supreme Court justice selection was tip-top, combining a dash of suspense with the calm decorum such a momentous occasion merits. It was also a drastic departure from his administration's chaotic implementation of a hastily ordered travel ban applied to seven Muslim-majority countries. Within just a four-day span, Trump's White House team telegraphed what some political observers worry are its biggest weaknesses – insularity, inexperience and obstinacy – before pivoting to exude the most cherished attributes of a tightly run ship: competence, preparation and discretion. The two episodes could be held up as beaming models for how to successfully conquer a rollout versus how to clumsily botch one. The travel ban, pushed [...]

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Matthew Wilson, Political Science, Trump’s immigration action the first stumble with GOP

Washington Examiner Originally Posted: February 1, 2017   President Trump is facing his first serious pushback from congressional Republicans since taking office as outrage swirls over his immigrationexecutive order. It isn't the full-scale retreat Trump endured during several campaign controversies, such as the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape. Most of the criticism from Republicans has been measured, especially compared to the full-throated condemnations from immigrant, human rights and progressive groups who characterize the executive order as a "Muslim ban." The most vocal Republican critics have an anti-Trump track record predating this controversy. Liberal outlets have published lists of the high number of GOP lawmakers who haven't weighed in at all. But the defections sound a rare discordant note as Republicans celebrate the dawn on their unified control of [...]

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Mexico trade war would put Texas economy, jobs at stake

Dallas News Originally Posted: January 31, 2017 The Texas economy is already pretty great, and Mexico is one of the key reasons. That’s worth remembering when President Donald Trump threatens a trade war over a border wall, as he did last week. Economically, there’s more at stake for Texas than any other state in the country. Mexico is our most important trading partner by far. In 2015, Texas exported over $92 billion in goods to Mexico, which was more than it exported to the next 10 countries combined. Texas imports from Mexico were almost as high and were twice as high as from China, next on the list. Perhaps the most impressive number: Texas exports supported over 1 million jobs in 2015, according to government [...]

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