SMU Adjunct Political Science Prof. Robert Jordan discusses the March 20, 2017, testimony of FBI Director James B. Comey concerning an investigation into whether members of President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Jordan is former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Diplomat-in-Residence at SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.
Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: March 3, 2017 The Tower Center sat down with Senior Kate Moody, class of 2017, to discuss her research project on the cost of the death penalty in Dallas County. Moody is majoring in human rights and international studies, with minors in Spanish and Public Policy and International Affairs as an HCM Tower Scholar. She plans to attend law school upon graduation in May. Why did you decide to focus your research on the cost-effectiveness of the death penalty in Dallas County? I am a human rights major and from the start of my time in the major, issues with our criminal justice system captured my attention, specifically capital punishment and the use of the death penalty versus life without parole. [...]
Take Two Originally Posted: February 15, 2017 According to estimates out by Pew Research, L.A. and Orange Counties are home to over 1 million people living here illegally. Nationwide, the number is around 11 million. But digging into the data yields some interesting facts, says James Hollifield. He directs the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Five key points: The undocumented population is actually going down across the nation. "We have seen a declining number of the undocumented and [one of the] reasons for this is that some people are actually returning, going home, especially a lot of Mexicans. We've seen a surge of people living in the United States in an unauthorized status [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: February 15, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU Associate Professor of Political Science Dennis Simon died Sunday, February 12, in Dallas after a long illness. An SMU faculty member since 1986, he was a recognized expert on the American presidency, national elections, women and the political glass ceiling, and the politics of change in the United States. Passionate about his students and his work, he continued to teach and present lectures on the presidential elections to the SMU community through fall of 2016. "Dennis Simon's legacy at SMU will not be forgotten," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "He was both a brilliant scholar and devoted teacher, talents he bridged with a sense of humor that never wavered. Dr. Simon invested his [...]
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
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
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.
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 30, 2017 Get to know your Muslim neighbors; what could be more American than that? I am the son of two caring parents who built their lives in Richardson. If you were to only know my family on paper, my mother, a substitute teacher; my father, an engineer; and my brother, an Eagle Scout, you would find that we are no different than any other American family. The only hang-up in this political environment: I am also the son of two Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants. The notion that a Muslim or an immigrant can be just as American as anyone else is now under severe attack. This positing is not just symbolic. It helps open the pathway for policies that [...]
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 [...]