Tower Scholars welcome new cohort, seniors begin research

The Tower Center is pleased to welcome the third cohort of the Highland Capital Management (HCM) Tower Scholars, class of 2019. These 10 scholars have come to SMU from across the country and have equally diverse research interests ranging from science policy and human rights to international cooperation on energy and natural resource challenges.

A key feature of the Tower Scholars Program is the senior-year capstone project in which students are placed with area institutions to carry out policy-related research. This semester, members of the 2017 Legacy Cohort will be making contributions at Hunt Mexico, Parkland Memorial Hospital, the SMU Campus Police and Catholic Charities. Upon concluding the research, each student will present the host institution with a policy white paper.

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Tower Center Welcomes Luisa del Rosal as Executive Director

delRosalThe Tower Center and Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center have named Luisa del Rosal as their new executive director.

“I am honored to return to the Tower Center for Political Studies as its executive director and to serve as the founding executive director of the newly established Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center,” Del Rosal said in a press release. “Leading these centers enables me to contribute to the regional, national and global reach of SMU.”

Read the full press release here. Para Español oprime aquí.

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Tower Center Fellow Sionaidh Douglas-Scott interviewed by Chatham House

Tower Center Fellow and constitutional law expert Sionaidh Douglas-Scott was interviewed by Agnes Frimston for Chatham House’s publication The World Today to explain the complicated course ahead for the UK as it negotiates its exit from Europe.

Read her interview here.

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Talmage Boston Interviewed on Fox 4’s Good Day

Tower Center Board Member and historian Talmage Boston was interviewed on Fox 4’s Good Day segment “What makes a great president?”

Boston’s new book Cross-Examining History comes out in September, and he will give a talk at the Tower Center Nov. 30 at noon.

Watch his interview here.

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Tower Chair Joshua Rovner discusses U.S. strategy, Middle East in new book

Tower Chair Joshua Rovner wrote a chapter discussing U.S. strategy and the Middle East called “After America: The Flow of Persian Gulf Oil in the Absence of the U.S. Military Force” for Crude Strategy, published by Georgetown University Press, and edited by Charles Glaser and Rosemary Kelanic.

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Tower Center Associate Edward Rincón’s research featured in the Dallas Morning News

Tower Center Associate Edward T. Rincón was featured in the Dallas Morning News for his research company’s recent study on the affects of Latino population growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on different markets.

The Pew Research Center reported that Latino internet usage increased from 64 percent in 2009 to 84 percent in 2015. Rincón & Associates found that in the Dallas area, Latino internet usage has almost doubled since 2011, according to the Morning News.

Read the full article here:

Why the digital divide between Latinos, Whites is almost closed

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Tower Center Associate Edward T. Rincón Finds Latino Growth is Leading to Market Disruption in Dallas-Fort Worth

Tower Center Associate Edward T. Rincón found Latino growth is leading to market disruption in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in a recent study completed by Rincón & Associates LLC.

“The Dallas/Fort Worth marketplace is under-going significant changes in the choices being made by Latinos. Selected retailers are responding to these changes, but many others are relying on old data or assumptions.”

Read the full press release here.

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Dr. Jim Hollifield | Evolving Migration Crisis in Europe

The Tower Center’s very own Dr. Jim Hollifield, Director of the Tower Center and Public Policy Fellow of the Wilson Center, recently appear on Wilson Center NOW with John Milewski. See the full video discussion below or at at the Wilson Centers website.

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In Case You Missed It | Senior Fellow Dr. Pia Orrenius on Immigration in the Dallas Morning News

Tower Center Senior Fellow, Dallas Federal Reserve Vice President and Senior Economist Pia Orrenius recently published an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News Mid-April. As the Presidential campaign season ramps up, immigration remains as a hot issue for candidates to weigh in on and Pia’s article will help readers look into the facts and claims surrounding the debate.

Immigration has emerged as a top issue in the presidential campaign. The timing is odd, since immigration into the United States has slowed sharply. Issuance of green cards, or permanent resident visas, to new arrivals has been largely flat since 2008, but dipped in 2013 to a six-year low.

Illegal immigration is near record lows, with migrant apprehensions along the Southwest border at levels last seen in the 1970s. Temporary work-based visas have risen slightly in recent years but remain below their 2007 peak. Plotting visas and migrant apprehensions as a share of the nation’s working-age population, reinforces the point that immigration is slowing in both absolute and relative terms… Click Here to Read More

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Dr. Jim Hollifield | Beyond Migration: The Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Challenges of Immigrant Integration

The John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Science Studies’s very own Dr. Jim Hollifield recently spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s event “Beyond Migration: The Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Challenges of Immigrant Integration” alongside Dr. Henry J. Barkey, the Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center and Dr. Riva Kastoryano.

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Beyond Migration: The Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Challenges of Immigrant Integration

Despite decades of immigration, even the most multicultural countries in Europe are struggling with the scale of the current refugee crisis, and the challenge of integrating the newcomers. This crisis, one of Europe’s biggest of the past century, has the potential to alter the political fabric of the continent and undermine the foundation of post-WWII transnational institutions. The political and humanitarian consequences of the EU’s deal with Turkey have drawn much attention. But what about those refugees who have already made the trip and are now settling in Europe, if only temporarily? Looking back, what lessons can European governments learn from successes and failures in integrating earlier generations of immigrants? Join us for a discussion of the dilemmas of immigration control in Europe, as well as the longer-term issues of immigrant integration, identity, and belonging.

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