Luisa del Rosal | “Texas, Mexico officials wary of Trump’s trade plans”

President Donald Trump spent much of his campaign attacking the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), at one point calling it the worst trade deal ever signed. He is expected to sign an executive order to renegotiate NAFTA sometime this week.

According to My Statesman, about 1.6 billion jobs in Texas depend on the export of goods and services, with Mexico as its leading market.

Tower Center and Texas-Mexico Center Director Luisa del Rosal was quoted in My Statesman about the appointment of Gerónimo Gutiérrez as Mexico’s ambassador to the United States.

“You’re talking about somebody who’s on the ground in Texas who understands how deeply intertwined our economies are,” del Rosal said. “For us, we are so excited because we consider him a friend and an ally.”

Read the article here.

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Fellows & Associates Research Highlights

FELLOWS & ASSOCIATES RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Sabri Ates, Associate

  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Keynote address, “Three Frontiers, One Map: Making the Oldest Boundary of the Middle East”, Consortium for Asian and African Studies Annual Conference, Tokyo 22-23 October, 2016
    • “Corpses, Cholera, and the Making of the Ottoman-Iranian Boundaries,” 25 October 2016, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan
    • “Ottoman-Iranian Borderlands,” International Society for Iranian Studies Bi-Annual Conference, 2-5 August, 2016.Vienna, Austria
  • Awards
    • National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship (2017-2018)

Alexander Betts, Fellow

Katherine Bliss, Senior Fellow

Karisa Cloward, Associate

  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • TEDxSMUWomen, “Harmful Traditional Practices: Norms, Laws, and Activism,” Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (October 2016)
    • “Motive, Opportunity, and the Evolution of the Kenyan NGO Sector.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (September 2016)

Victoria Farrar-Myers, Senior Fellow

  • Papers and Publications
    • “Hidden Corporate Profits in the U.S. Prison System: The Unorthodox Policy-Making of the American Legislative Exchange Council.” Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice, 19: 380-400 (2016). (co-authors: Rebecca Cooper, Caroline Heldman & Alissa R. Ackerman)
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Digital Media Expenditures in Congressional Elections: Impacts and Trends.” Paper presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA (co-authors: Jeff Gulati & Christine B. Williams)
  • Media Appearances

Peter Hays Gries, Associate

  • Publications
    • “Race, knowledge production and Chinese nationalism,” Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 22, Issue 3, Pgs. 428–432, coauthored with Kevin Carrico
    • “Liberals, Conservatives, and Latin America: How Ideology Divides Americans over Immigration and Foreign Aid,” Latin American Research Review, Vol. 51, No. 3 (Fall 2016)

Erin Hochman, Associate

  • Publications
    • Erin R. Hochman, Imagining a Greater Germany: Republican Nationalism and the Idea of Anschluss (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016)

Christopher Jenks, Associate

Jeffrey Kahn, Fellow

  • Papers and Publications
  • Reports
    • Expert Opinion and Report filed on December 21, 2016, in Ahmad Abou-Elmaati et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, Abdullah Almalki et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, and Muayyed Nureddin et al. v. Attorney General of Canada on five questions propounded by plaintiffs’ counsel.  These cases, filed in the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario and each seeking CAN$100,000,000 in damages, may go to trial in January.  The plaintiffs seek compensation for their torture and interrogation overseas in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.  The cases are described by CBC News, the Toronto Star, and the Ottawa Sun, the latter of which described the litigation as “a case like no other in Canada’s legal history, and could set key precedents for civil claims filed by other alleged victims in the war on terror.”
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Participant, Roundtable on “Rethinking the Role of Law in Contemporary Russia,” at Annual Meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, 2016
    • Presenter, “Hybrid Warfare, International Humanitarian Law, and the Case of Ukraine,” at ASIL Mid-Year Meeting, University of Washington Law School, Seattle, WA, Nov. 12, 2016
    • Presentation on terrorist watchlists at conference “Protecting Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law in the Age of Terrorism” cosponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Wilson Center’s Rule of Law Initiative, the Kennan Institute, and the Middle East Program, Washington D.C., Oct. 17, 2016 (follow-up interview on Wilson Center NOW with John Milewski, https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/civil-liberties-the-age-terrorism-part-1)
    • Lecture on terrorist watchlists, 2016 Conference for Justice: National Law Conference for Imams and Mosque Leaders, Dallas, TX, Oct. 9, 2016
    • Lecture entitled “The Proliferation of Terrorist Watch Lists in the U.S.,” International Institute for Strategic Studies, Arundel House, London, Sept. 22, 2016
    • Presenter, “‘Unlawful Influence’ and the al-Nashiri Military Commission at Guantánamo Bay,” at the Asia Pacific Military Justice Workshop, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Sept. 20-21, 2016
    • Lecture entitled “The Temptation of Terrorist Watchlists: How the U.S. No-Fly List is Changing the Meaning of Citizenship,” National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Sept. 15, 2016
    • Panelist, Fugh Symposium on Law and Military Operations, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Department of the Army, Charlottesville, VA, Aug. 10, 2016
  • Awards
    • Fulbright Grant to Norway at PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order (University of Oslo, Faculty of Law)

Sheri Kunovich, Fellow

  • Publications
    • Kunovich, Robert M. and Sheri Kunovich. 2016.“The Gender Gap in Political Knowledge in Poland.” Polish Sociological Review 1(193): 33-49
    • Kunovich, Robert M. and Sheri Kunovich.  2016.  “Consequences of Political Knowledge for Democratic Attitudes among Men and Women in Poland.”  Social Inequality and Life Course: Poland’s Transformative Years, 1988-2013.  Warsaw: IFiS Publishers

LaiYee Leong, Fellow

  • Papers and Publications
    • Review of Islam and The Future of Tolerance, A Dialogue by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz (Harvard University Press, 2015) in Phi Beta Kappa’s “Life of the Mind”

Pia Orrenius, Senior Fellow

Joshua Rovner, Senior Fellow and Tower Center Director of Studies

  • Appointments
  • Papers and Publications
    • “The Chilcot Inquiry on the Iraq War,” H-Diplo ISSF Policy Roundtable, Vol. 1, No. 1 (September 2016)
    • “Will Team Trump Politicize Intelligence?” War on the Rocks (online), December 15, 2016
    • “This is why the push for transparency may have cost Clinton the election,” The Washington Post (online), November 28, 2016
    • “Donald Trump and the Future of Intelligence,” Lawfare (online), January 8, 2017
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “Two Kinds of Catastrophe: Nuclear Weapons and Conventional War in Asia,” Naval Postgraduate School, November 2016
    • “Strategy and the Surge in Iraq,” Duke University, November 2016
    • “Strategy, Grand Strategy, and U.S.-China Relations,” Office of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense, October 2016
    • Intelligence-Policy Relations and India’s Nuclear Program: 1958-1998,” American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016
    • “Cyber and Conflict: Transformation or the Status Quo?” American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016
    • “Intelligence and the Iraq War Revisited: The Chilcot Report,” University of Oxford, July 2016

Carolyn Smith-Morris, Associate

  • Papers and Publications
    • Smith-Morris, Carolyn.  “The Traditional Food of Migrants: Meat, Water, and Other Challenges for Dietary Advice. An Ethnography in Guanajuato, Mexico”.  Appetite 105:430-438
    • Smith-Morris, Carolyn. “Diagnosis and the Punctuated Life-Course”.  In Lenore Manderson, Liz Cartwright, and Anita Hardon (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology, Routledge Press
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Discussant for Session Titled “Recursive Cascades, Syndemics and Chronicities of Ill Health: Interrogating the ‘Social’ in Comorbidity and Decline”.  American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Nov. 15-20, 2016
    • (First Author with Kathryn Bouskill) “Eye Care Referral Gaps and the Staff Who Bridge Them: Work-Arounds in Ophthalmology Care at 3 California FQHC’s”.  American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Nov. 15-20, 2016

Mary Spector, Senior Fellow

  • Papers and Publications
    • Collection Texas Style:  An Analysis of Consumer Collection Practices In and Out of the Courts,  67 HASTINGS L.J. 1476 (2016)  (with Ann Baddour)
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Panelist, Fair Debt Collection, Consumer Financial Litigation Symposium, Dallas, Summer 2016
    • Presenter, FDCPA Update 2016, 12th Annual Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law Course, State Bar of Texas, September 2016

Hiroki Takeuchi, Senior Fellow

  • Papers and Publications
    • “The ‘Beyond-Economics’ Importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” in Arthur Alexander (ed.), New Perspectives on Japan from the U.S.-Japan Network of the Future (Washington, D.C.: Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, 2016): 59–65
    • “The Homework That the United States Does Not Do,” in Arthur Alexander (ed.), New Perspectives on Japan from the U.S.-Japan Network of the Future (Washington, D.C.: Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, 2016): 55–57
    • “The United States with Rising Anti-Internationalism” (in Japanese). Koken 639 (November 2016): 14–5
    • “Dialogue: What Is Dictatorship? Insights from Comparative Authoritarianism” (in Japanese) (co-authored with Satoshi Ikeuchi). Koken 638 (October 2016): 36–67
    • “Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Chinese Politics” (in Korean). Sungkyun China Brief 41 (October 2016)
    • ‘The Dallas Police Shooting Incident,’ ‘Trump,’ and ‘Twitter’” (in Japanese). Foresight (August 23, 2016)
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • “The U.S.-Japan Relations under the New U.S. Administration” (in Japanese), Lecture at the School of International Politics, Economics and Communication, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, November 2016
    • “The Chinese Island-Building in the South China Sea,” Lecture at the University of Dallas Alexander Hamilton Society Chapter, November 2016
    • “International Production Networks and Security in the Asia-Pacific: Institution Building, Domestic Politics, and International Relations,” Lecture at School of Economics, Keio University, October 2016
    • “American Politics and Japan-U.S. Relations” (in Japanese), Lecture at Waseda Juku, Tokyo, Japan, October 2016.
    • “Japan-U.S. Relations and the Japanese Economy” (in Japanese), Lecture at School of Economics, Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan, October 2016

Sandy Thatcher, Associate

Narcisse Tiky, Associate

Jenia Turner, Associate

  • Appointments
    • Amy Abboud Ware Centennial Professor in Criminal Law
  • Papers and Publications
    • Reply to Miriam Baer and Michael Doucette’s Reviews of Two Models of Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases, 73 Wash & Lee L. Rev. Online 471 (2016) (with Allison Redlich)
    • The Exclusionary Rule as a Symbol of the Rule of Law, 6 Search & Seizure L. Rep. 49 (2016) (adapted version of piece published earlier in 67 SMU L. Rev. 821 (2014))
    • Regulating Interrogations and Excluding Confessions in the United States: Balancing Individual Rights and the Search for Truth, Report for International Research Project on “Securing a Fair Trial Through Excluding Evidence? A Comparative Perspective” (2016)
  • Academic Lectures, Conference Presentations, and Speaking Engagements
    • Defense Perspectives on Fairness and Efficiency at the International Criminal Court, Am. Soc. Int’l L., International Criminal Law Interest Group, Annual Works-in-Progress Workshop, Dec. 9, 2016, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX
    • ICTY Convicts Karadzic: A Roundtable Discussion About a New Interpretation of Genocide?, International Law Weekend, Am. Branch of the Int’l Law Assoc., New York, NY, Oct. 29, 2016
    • Moderator, The Nuremberg Tribunals’ Legacy, SMU Dedman School of Law, Oct. 24, 2016
    • Balancing Efficiency and Fairness at the International Criminal Court: A Survey of Defense Perspectives, Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals, PluriCourts, University of Oslo, Aug. 29, 2016
    • Balancing Efficiency and Fairness at the International Criminal Court: A Survey of Defense Perspectives, SEALS Annual Conference, Amelia Island, FL, Aug. 7, 2016
    • Two Models of Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases: An Empirical Comparison, Law and Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 4, 2016

Bernard L. Weinstein, Associate

 

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“No, Trump’s presidency won’t be unprecedented”

Tower Center Senior Fellow Jeffrey Engel and SMU Historian Aaron Crawford wrote an editorial in the Dallas Morning News Jan. 18, “No, Trump’s presidency won’t be unprecedented.”

Engel, director of SMU’s Center for Presidential History, highlights similarities between former President Andrew Jackson and President-elect Donald Trump.

“Jackson shared many of the same qualities, and his time in office offers insights into what the next four years may hold. No comparison is ever perfect,” Engel wrote.

Read the full editorial here.

For more on the Trump-Jackson comparison, listen to Crawford’s talk at the Tower Center, “Injury, Rage, Audacity: Donald Trump, Andrew Jackson, and
the Creation of the ‘People’s Candidate’” below, or read the event recap here.

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Sabri Ates wins NEH grant to study historic pursuit of a Kurdish state

Tower Center Associate Sabri Ates was one of two SMU professors awarded National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship grants.

Ates, associate professor in the Clements Department of History, is using the grant to write Sheikh Abdulqadir Nehri (d. 1925) and the Pursuit of an Independent Kurdistan. The book explores the quest for a Kurdish state from 1880-1925.

“With the support of NEH, I hope to answer one of the enduring questions of the contemporary Middle East: The Kurdish statelessness,” Ates said in a release.

Zachary Wallmark, assistant professor and chair of music history at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, was also awarded a grant.

Read the full press release here.

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Senior Fellow Dr. Frederick Chang to be inducted to TAMEST

Tower Center Senior Fellow and Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security Dr. Frederick Chang will be inducted as a member to The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST).

“I am humbled by the prestigious company I will be keeping as a TAMEST member,” Chang said in a release according to Dallas Innovates.

Chang is the third SMU faculty member to join TAMEST, out of a total of 270 members.

Read an article on Chang’s induction in Dallas Innovates here.

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Josh Rovner | “Donald Trump and the Future of Intelligence”


Tower Center Chair Joshua Rovner wrote an editorial looking at the long view of intelligence under Donald Trump’s administration and potential long-term consequences. He says the intelligence community’s challenge will be “how to avoid irrelevance without corrupting their organizational integrity.”

Trump has dismissed the CIA’s reports that Russia used cyberattacks to help Trump win the presidency, and he has opted to receive an intelligence briefing three times a week instead of the traditional daily updates.

“The controversies surrounding the Trump transition will pass,” Rovner wrote. “The intelligence community’s reaction, however, may have lasting consequences.”

Read his essay here.


Rovner was also quoted in Nextgov’s article by Joseph Marks, “Here’s Why Trump’s Intelligence Bashing Matters”.

“If the intelligence community is deeply demoralized and doesn’t feel interested in working with the White House or other policy counterparts, policymakers lose that check and they’re more inclined to trust their instincts,” he said.

Read this article here.

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“How the Boy Scouts, Texas and an oil giant shaped Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for Secretary of State”

President-elect Donald Trump picked Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state in his administration. Senate confirmation hearings begin this week for Trump’s cabinet picks, including Tillerson.

Take a look at the Dallas Morning News’ article profiling Tillerson, featuring Tower Center Diplomat-in-Residence Ambassador Robert Jordan.

“Diplomats are putting their lives on the line every day in many dangerous parts of the world. I think they feel a special connection with the goals of the country,” Jordan said. “They’ll be looking to see if their leader shares that sense of patriotism and that sense of American interests.”

Read the article here.

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Jeffrey Engel | “The meaning of the ‘Four Freedoms’ speech 75 years later”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave what became to be known as the “Four Freedoms” speech 75 years ago today. In this speech he proposed four fundamental freedoms he felt everyone deserved: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

SMU Historian and Tower Center Senior Fellow Jeffrey Engel discusses the meanings of the speech on MPR News. Listen to his talk here.

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U.S.-Mexico business leaders to convince Trump of cross-border trade benefits

Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield was interviewed in the Dallas Morning News to discuss the bi-national coalition of business leaders he said is forming to convince President-elect Donald Trump of the benefits of cross-border trade.

“You have powerful people from Mexico talking, drinking, having dinner with very powerful Texas people… They will push this agenda,” he said.

Read the article here.

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Josh Rovner | The Politics of Intelligence

Tower Chair Joshua Rovner was interviewed on KERA Think Dec. 19 to discuss Donald Trump, the CIA and the ongoing controversy surrounding Russian influence of the presidential election.

Trump has turned down the daily intelligence briefing, choosing instead to be briefed once a week.

He has also said the CIA’s conclusion that Russia influenced the presidential election is ridiculous. He said it was “just another excuse” Democrats are using to explain his victory in November.

“The baseline that Russia was involved is not controversial at all,” Rovner said. “In fact it’s consistent with decades of practice… the fact that Trump would just dismiss that out of hand was probably shocking to intelligence leaders.”

Listen to the interview here.

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