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

Tower Scholar Spotlight | Connecting communities in Texas

Tower Scholars Blog  Originally Posted: November 7, 2017 Fairooz Adams is a pre-law senior majoring in political science and international studies. He is from Lewisville, Texas, where he began his active participation in politics by challenging a school board decision to split his class. He joined the Tower Scholars Program primarily because of his desire to gain valuable experience to one day develop answers to challenges with which America is confronted. Upon completion of his undergraduate career, Fairooz intends to attend law school and later enter public service. More here   Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Fairooz Adams believes in using local politics to shape a community. Adams ran for local office when he was 20 years old, and is now carrying out his senior [...]

By | 2017-11-08T10:04:33+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Tower Scholar Spotlight | Connecting communities in Texas

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

SMU alumni Rafael Anchia ’90 and Luisa del Rosal ’08/’15 finalists for DMagazine CEO’s Latino Business Awards

D Magazine CEO Originally Posted: June 2017 Rafael Anchia is a Dedman College Executive Board member and a member of the Texas House of Representatives (103rd District.) Luisa del Rosal is the Executive Director of the Tower Center for Political Studies and the founding Executive Director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center. D CEO is proud to announce the Latino Business Awards finalists for 2017. A partnership between D CEO Magazine and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, the program honors outstanding Latino leaders and companies and organizations in the North Texas region. All finalists will be recognized in the September issue of D CEO and at an exclusive event in August, where the winners will be revealed. Congratulations to the honorees. READ MORE

By | 2017-06-19T13:57:13+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Tower Center|Comments Off on SMU alumni Rafael Anchia ’90 and Luisa del Rosal ’08/’15 finalists for DMagazine CEO’s Latino Business Awards

Could the U.S. and China end up in a terrible war that neither wants?

Washington Post Originally Posted: May 30, 2017 Is a dangerous pattern emerging in U.S.-China relations? International relations scholar Graham Allison coined the term “Thucydides Trap” in 2012 to explain how a rising power can instill fear in an existing power, leading to hostility and mistrust that can escalate into war. In his new book, Allison argues that China and the United States are falling into this trap, which owes its name to Greek historian Thucydides’s famous history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, which proved disastrous for both sides. Fast-forward a couple of millennia, and some observers worry that Washington and Beijing are heading toward the same fate. READ MORE

By | 2017-05-31T11:44:30+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Could the U.S. and China end up in a terrible war that neither wants?

Reports of Trump sharing intel with Russians puts relationship with intelligence services in jeopardy

SMU News Originally Posted: May 16, 2017 SMU political science faculty are available to lend their expertise to journalists reporting on the latest politics of the day. A full list of available faculty and their areas of expertise is available here. Following are comments from SMU Political Science Professor Joshua Rovner, the John G. Tower Distinguished Chair of International Politics and National Security, and director of Studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies: On counterterrorism… “Trump’s decision to share highly classified intelligence with Russia threatens intelligence sharing with third parties, especially regional states like Jordan. The US relies heavily on such agreements, and intelligence officials work hard to sustain relations with their counterparts even during times of political turmoil. Their job just got a lot harder.” [...]

By | 2017-05-16T18:03:53+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Reports of Trump sharing intel with Russians puts relationship with intelligence services in jeopardy

SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center Celebrates Official Opening

SMU News Originally Posted: April 6, 2017 Last week marked the official opening of the SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center, an action-oriented, research policy center looking to understand and explore the dynamic political, cultural, economic and business relationship between Texas and Mexico. The center celebrated its opening with a private dinner April 6 and the center’s first annual symposium Friday, April 7. Geronimo Gutierrez The symposium featured a keynote luncheon address from Geronimo Gutierrez, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States. “The center will help shape important regional and national conversations on topics such as education, trade and energy – topics that impact our communities every day,” said Luisa del Rosal, founding executive director of the center. “As a research policy center, it is a place not of rhetoric, [...]

By | 2017-04-10T08:12:26+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center Celebrates Official Opening

FBI Investigation of Trump-Russia Connection

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.

By | 2017-03-22T10:13:15+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on FBI Investigation of Trump-Russia Connection

Q&A | Tower Scholar studies death penalty in Dallas County

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. [...]

By | 2017-03-03T12:12:08+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Q&A | Tower Scholar studies death penalty in Dallas County
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