SMU mourns the death of Professor Dennis Simon

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 [...]

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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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Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk writes commentary for The Dallas Morning News

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 [...]

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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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SMU Tower Center & Latino CLD award nine new research grants to help Latino communities, inspire policy change

SMU News Originally Posted: January 24, 2017 The Latino Center for Leadership Development (Latino CLD) and SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies have awarded nine grants to 13 scholars tapped to provide meaningful research geared to promoting a stronger understanding of the Latino community and creating a dialogue about key societal issues. As the Tower Center–Latino CLD partnership’s first class of grant recipients, each research team will provide final reports that include a white paper with context, analysis and policy recommendations. Awards were chosen by research grant advisory board members Miguel Solis, Latino CLD president; James Hollifield, SMU Tower Center academic director; and Alicia Reyes-Barriéntez and Aileen Cardona-Arroyo, SMU Tower Center postdoctoral fellows. “Issuing these grants marks the beginning of a new approach to policy and research related [...]

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Event: Jan 25, Tower Center Monthly Seminar | Trump and the Border

Event date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Time: (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM) Location: Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall (map) Join the Tower Center Jan. 25 for a luncheon discussion with Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero looking at the future of the U.S.-Mexico relationship under President Donald Trump. READ MORE

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Joshua Rovner, Tower Center, Here’s Why Trump’s Intel Bashing Matters

Defense One Originally Posted: January 9, 2017 The president-elect’s denigration of the Russian hacking findings will make it harder to make a case against other U.S. adversaries, former officials say. President-elect Donald Trump’s public bashing of the intelligence community could drive some agents and analysts away from their jobs, degrading the community’s overall capabilities, former officials tells Nextgov. The public discord could also drive a wedge between intelligence gatherers and the man who will soon be their consumer in chief, eroding the intelligence community’s typical role as a check on the presumptions and preconceived notions of policymakers, analysts say. “My impression is morale has taken a hit,” said Joel Brenner, a former National Security Agency senior counsel. “When the president of the United States disparages your work, demeans [...]

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