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 [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Joshua Rovner, Tower Center, Here’s Why Trump’s Intel Bashing Matters

Donald Trump and the Future of Intelligence

LawFare Blog Originally Posted: January 8, 2017 It started with a tweet. Shortly after the news broke that the Central Intelligence Agency suspected Russian intelligence of using cyberattacks to help Donald Trump win the presidential election, the president elect’s transition team took to Twitter to dismiss the news—and denounce the Agency. “These are the same people who said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” Trump’s transition office said in a statement. Trump told Fox News that the notion of Russian meddling was “ridiculous” and speculated that the story was planted by disappointed Democrats. This was consistent with the view of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, his choice for national security advisor, that the CIA is a political tool of the Obama administration. The fallout [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Donald Trump and the Future of Intelligence

Q & A with Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Sara Jendrusch

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: December 2, 2016 The Tower Center sat down with Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Sara Jendrusch to discuss her research exploring the security of the commercial sex trade. Jendrusch has conducted research in Amsterdam, London and around the United States. She is majoring in English and corporate communications and public affairs, with minors in public policy and international affairs and history. Why did you decide to study security of the commercial sex trade? Studying the sex trade is certainly not something to take lightly. When I first became interested in it, I wanted to understand the power given to the women by the law — how were their rights and freedoms restricted? As I looked more into the subject, however, what [...]

By | December 26th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Q & A with Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Sara Jendrusch

Listen: The Politics Of Intelligence

KERA, THINK Originally Posted: December 19, 2016 In a recent interview with Fox News, President-Elect Donald Trump said it’s unnecessary for him to receive the daily intelligence briefing. And he’s been skeptical of the CIA’s investigation into Russian influence on the presidential election. Joshua Rovner, chair of International Politics and National Security at SMU, joins us to talk about what’s at stake if the future president ignores the intelligence community. LISTEN

By | December 20th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Listen: The Politics Of Intelligence

Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

SMU News Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU graduate Rahfin Faruk has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The highly selective scholarship is awarded each year to up to 40 intellectually distinguished Americans to advance knowledge in the scholars’ chosen fields and to promote understanding of Britain. Rahfin Faruk Faruk earned Bachelor’s degrees from SMU in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. A President’s Scholar, he was selected to serve as the voting student member of the SMU Board of Trustees. He led the University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, and the Tower Center Student Forum, where students examine politics and public policy. In 2014 he was one of only 59 U.S. college students awarded a Truman Scholarship, [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Graduate News, Political Science, Religious Studies, Tower Center|Comments Off on Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

Joshua Rovner in Washington Post: This is why the push for transparency may have cost Clinton the election

Washington Post Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 Hillary Clinton thinks James B. Comey cost her the presidency. Eleven days before the election, the FBI director informed congressional leaders that newly discovered information might be relevant to the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. That inquirywas never formally closed, but months earlier, Comey made it clear that he would not seek prosecution. His new message was vague but provocative, and the campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump immediately used it to reinforce its claim that the email story was “worse than Watergate.” At the time Clinton was surging in the polls, and Trump’s campaign seemed to be imploding under the weight of poor debate performances and accusations of sexual assault. Some [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Joshua Rovner in Washington Post: This is why the push for transparency may have cost Clinton the election

Tower Center Director James Hollifield and Luisa de Rosal talk with Austin American Statesman:

Austin American Statesman Originally Posted: November 14, 2016 In what can be seen as the extension of a diplomatic olive branch, the highest-ranking Mexican diplomat in North America said Monday that his government was not going to publicly engage in conversations about a border wall, deportations or any other issues discussed in the U.S. presidential campaign until after President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20. “We’re not going to reply; we’re not going to address what was said during the campaign,” Paulo Carreño King, Mexico’s undersecretary to North America, told the American-Statesman on Monday during the first visit by a high-ranking Mexican official to Austin since Trump won the election last week. “What we think is more important is that we push forward an agenda [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Tower Center Director James Hollifield and Luisa de Rosal talk with Austin American Statesman:

Q&A with Tower Center Director Jim Hollifield | What we can expect from a Trump presidency

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 9, 2016 The contentious 2016 election came to an end early Nov. 9 with a result that surprised many — Donald Trump won the presidency. In his victory speech, Trump promised to be a president for all Americans. “Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. Below, Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield gives his insight on what to possibly expect out of an unexpected Trump presidency. Tower Center: What was your initial reaction to the election results? Jim Hollifield: I was surprised but not too surprised. If the vote was going to be decided by white working class voters in the upper-Midwest then Clinton would lose the election, and that’s essentially what happened. These [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Q&A with Tower Center Director Jim Hollifield | What we can expect from a Trump presidency

Graduate appointed Executive Director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center

Daily Campus Originally Posted: September 29, 2016 An accomplished graduate of Southern Methodist University, Luisa Del Rosal, is taking on new ventures as the Executive Director of the Tower Center for Political Studies. She has also been named the executive director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center, a division of Dedman College. As the first female, Hispanic executive director for the Tower Center, she hopes to raise awareness against cultural stereotypes and provide an inviting platform for the SMU community and the public to discuss difficult topics. “I am excited and ready for the challenge but I also feel a great deal of responsibility to prove that women can do this, and that we can support each other in the process,” said Del Rosal, who was named [...]

By | October 2nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center|Comments Off on Graduate appointed Executive Director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center

Income up, poverty down: Texas exceeding U.S. in key economic numbers

Dallas News Originally Posted: September 15, 2016 Texas rode the national wave of rising incomes and decreased poverty last year -- a combination economists and demographers found surprising, given turbulence in the state’s energy industry. “It’s a great report and it’s great for us,” said Pia Orrenius, a senior economist at the Dallas Federal Reserve. “You don’t see any impact from the oil bust.” Experts said the Lone Star state didn’t merely keep pace with the rest of the country; it exceeded national averages in key economic measures included in new Census Bureau data released Thursday. For the first time since 2009, the national median household income grew significantly, jumping 3.8 percent from $53,713 in 2014 to $55,775 in 2015. The phenomenon spanned racial categories [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Income up, poverty down: Texas exceeding U.S. in key economic numbers
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