Mexico holds presidential elections this year, and voters in Dallas could hold the key

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 7, 2018 Luisa del Rosal is executive director of the Tower Center at SMU and founding executive director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center on its campus. Mexico’s presidential election this year is expected to be violent, dirty and fiercely combative, with high stakes on both sides of the border, including in North Texas. Dallas has the second-largest number of Mexicans registered to vote in the July contest, trailing only Los Angeles and surpassing Chicago, Houston and New York City, according to Mexico’s National Electoral Institute, or INE. The number of registered voters (55,473) represents a surprising surge in the North Texas region, which historically has taken a back seat to Houston — and its vast energy sector — [...]

By | 2018-01-08T18:00:04+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Mexico holds presidential elections this year, and voters in Dallas could hold the key

Robert Jordan, Political Science, lends expertise on CNBC

CNBC Originally Posted: December 27, 2017 Saudi crown prince's lavish buys: Some see hypocrisy, others say they're no big deal Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been linked to multimillion-dollar purchases of artwork, real estate and yachts. Some warn the purchases send the wrong signal at a time when the powerful crown prince is spearheading an anti-corruption campaign. Others say the purchases have nothing to do with the crackdown and many Saudis aren't bothered by Crown Prince Mohammed's spending. A series of recent reports have connected Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince — an avowed anti-corruption crusader — to lavish real estate, art and yacht purchases. To some, the spending is a sign of hypocrisy and a threat to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's legitimacy. [...]

By | 2018-01-02T08:27:23+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Robert Jordan, Political Science, lends expertise on CNBC

Scholar Spotlight | Getting Students Involved in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Tower Center Originally Posted: December 13, 2017 The Tower Center interviewed HCM Tower Scholar Isabelle Gwozdz about her senior year practicum as an intern with the Embrey Human Rights Program and her involvement in establishing the SMU Chapter of the Student Alliance Against Human Trafficking. Gwozdz is majoring in political science with minors in history, French and English, and will graduate in May. Tell us about your experience with the Embrey Human Rights Program. It’s been pretty awesome. I’m not a human rights major or minor, but it’s something I’ve been interested in and so I thought it would be cool to have that experience for my practicum placement. I’ve been focusing on human trafficking because the Human Rights Symposium in September featured people from the Dallas [...]

By | 2017-12-14T16:56:39+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Scholar Spotlight | Getting Students Involved in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Community change agent Kovan Barzani ’17

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: December Issue As the son of refugees, Kovan Barzani ’17 wanted to make the most of his University experience. While a triple major at SMU, he managed a Texas House campaign, started a program to teach refugees job skills and turned a finance internship into a full-time job. “My mother didn’t know how to read,” says Barzani. War kept her from completing elementary school, and eventually Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime forced Barzani’s parents to flee for a new life in the United States. In middle school, Barzani helped his mother learn English and pass her U.S. citizenship test. By the time he graduated from high school, he had scholarship offers from three schools. He says, “When I realized there [...]

By | 2017-12-06T08:53:25+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Community change agent Kovan Barzani ’17

Various opinions from SMU professors

SMU News Originally Posted: November 29, 2017 Following are links to a sample of opinions written by SMU professors that have appeared recently in various publications. They represent the independent thoughts of their authors and appear in the order in which they were published, the most recent being at the top. Trump should try quiet diplomacy By Jeffrey Engel Director of the SMU Center for Presidential History at SMUTwenty-five years ago this week, Americans rejected a far different man than the one in power today. Self-confident where Donald Trump is thin-skinned, well-mannered in a way Trump considers weak, George H.W. Bush is remembered a quarter-century out of office as an elder statesman whose call for a “kinder and gentler” nation appears quaint in retrospect.  Read [...]

By | 2017-11-30T11:27:02+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Philosophy, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Various opinions from SMU professors

James Hollifield, Tower Center, NAFTA talks resumed recently with tariff-free auto parts on the table

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: November 17, 2017 MEXICO CITY -- Officials for Canada, Mexico and the United States will renew talks here Friday, amid a cloud of uncertainty  and animosity that hangs over negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement. As the talks drag on, now expected to continue through March, the possibility of any real gains are likely to become even slimmer as elections loom for the three countries, particularly Mexico, which holds presidential elections in July. Crucial midterm congressional elections are in November in the U.S. NAFTA could muddy the campaign waters even more, experts say. “The window of opportunity is fast closing in,” said Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute, which hosted a top [...]

By | 2017-11-20T08:32:37+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on James Hollifield, Tower Center, NAFTA talks resumed recently with tariff-free auto parts on the table

Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center awards first research grants to shape economic, migration policies

SMU Research Originally Posted: November 8, 2017 Research findings will be presented at the second annual Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center Symposium to be held in Mexico City April 6, 2018. The Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center at SMU has awarded grants to four scholars from both sides of the border who aim to support the Center’s goal of providing policy-relevant, action-oriented research on the dynamic relationship between Texas and Mexico. Findings from each of the four projects, selected by the Texas-Mexico Center’s Faculty Advisory Board, will be shared this spring, says Luisa del Rosal, executive director of the Center. “This is a tremendous benefit to Dedman College, where so many faculty members research and teach about Texas and Mexico,” says SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Dean Thomas DiPiero. “This will [...]

By | 2017-11-08T06:31:30+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center awards first research grants to shape economic, migration policies

Pia Orrenius, Tower Center, Effects of E-Verify on Unauthorized Immigrant Employment and Population

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: September 11, 2017 Tower Center Senior Fellow Pia Orrenius published a new study with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Digital Enforcement, on the effects of the E-Verify system on the employment of immigrants. The E-Verify system requires employers in some states to electronically verify the immigration status of workers before they can be hired. “E-Verify, when it’s mandatory and all employers have to use it, can have very large deterrent effects on the employment of undocumented immigrants and possibly also on the immigration of undocumented immigrants or illegal immigration,” Orrenius said. READ MORE

By | 2017-09-21T16:51:37+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Pia Orrenius, Tower Center, Effects of E-Verify on Unauthorized Immigrant Employment and Population

Scholar Spotlight | My Semester in South America

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: September 13, 2017 Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Ryan Cross spent the spring of 2017 studying abroad in Argentina and Chile. He spent seven weeks in each country learning about economics, political development, and business in Latin America. During breaks he visited Uruguay and Peru. Cross sat down with the Tower Center to talk about his experience. Describe your life in Argentina. What was a typical day like for you? I began each day enjoying breakfast with my host family and roommate. Coffee, fresh fruit, medialunas (a croissant-like pastry), and dulce de leche (a spread similar to caramel) were staples. Next, I rode a public bus to the office building that housed the program’s classrooms. I participated in a lengthy seminar [...]

By | 2017-09-13T09:45:14+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Scholar Spotlight | My Semester in South America
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