Idean Salehyan | “A Look at President Trump’s Travel Ban”

Tower Center Associate Idean Salehyan sat down with KERA Think’s Alia Salem as part of a discussion looking at the legality of and the reasoning behind President Trump’s travel ban.

Trump signed an executive order Saturday banning all travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries and halting the flow of refugees from Syria.

“I think the evidence is clear that something like this harms U.S. national security in the long term,” Salehyan said. “The term ‘extreme vetting’ sounds good for political reasons but anyone who is familiar with the system knows it is a very secure process,” he said.

Listen to the discussion on KERA here.


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Jim Hollifield | “Mexico trade war would put Texas economy, jobs at stake”

Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News regarding the negative impact that reduced trade with Mexico could have on the Texas economy.

“Mexico is a huge part of the Texas success story,” he said. “ The Texas economy stands to be hit hard by Trump policies.”

Read the article here.

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Tower Scholar visits Poland | “Something I Will Never Forget”

Destiny Rose Murphy explores the Radegast Train Station Memorial in Lodz, Poland. Photo: Emily Jones

Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Destiny Rose Murphy, class of 2019, spent her winter break in Poland traveling to World War II-era concentration camps and memorials as part of the Embrey Human Rights Program Poland Holocaust Education Trip.

Those who want to earn a Human Rights minor from SMU have the option of either traveling with the program on one of the various trips offered during the year, or participating in a service project. The trip to Poland to study Holocaust-affected areas is one that has been repeated every year for over a decade, and is generally regarded as the most impactful trip that a student can make. This year I was able to go thanks to a donor who provided scholarship funds that covered the costs of the flights, hotel stays and various museum and travel fees associated with the trip.

Our trip took us through almost the entire countryside of Poland, with stops along the way that ranged from small roadside memorials to massive Nazi created camps like Auschwitz-Birkenau. All of us have heard the statistics about the Holocaust: over six million killed, most of them Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and Polish political resistors. The purpose of this trip was to humanize that number. It is difficult to fathom six million, but it is much easier to understand when one looks at the picture of a child who did not survive the war. Each day we learned about new aspects of Polish history, and each day we were exposed to new facts about the atrocities committed during World War II. At most of the sites we left our own memorials; candles and quiet words of remembrance brought us closure in those places of despair. The tour guides who showed us around often peppered their retellings of the past with information about the current turbulent state of Polish politics and examples of how the country does not really see this “history” as history, but as a tragic episode that is still shaping the Polish national conscious today.

I do not regret my trip to Poland; in fact, I would recommend to every member of the student body, staff, and beyond that they make time to do something similar. However, I will never take a trip like that again. It was, bar none, the hardest thing that I have ever done. To be immersed in the ruins of death camps all day, every day, to be away from my family during a season that is synonymous with family time, to be in a country that does not speak my tongue nor serve my comfort food, and to fall asleep each night feeling guilty for being upset about such comparatively small troubles was more emotionally and physically taxing than I can possibly hope to describe.  I pride myself on my knowledge of language and my ability to communicate, and yet to attempt to convey the feelings that I experienced in Poland would be folly.

What I can tell you is that it made me grateful. Christmas Eve in Poland made me grateful for the screaming cousins and arguing family that I am frustrated by all too often back in the States. The freezing rain and constant fog made me grateful for the 70-degree days. I wished I could be back in Texas, cursing the absence of snow on Christmas. Perhaps most impactful were the stories of Nazi soldiers rounding up members of Polish academia, which made me grateful for the freedom I have to triple major and double minor here at SMU without fear of being arrested for the crime of a knowledge of philosophy.

With the political season raging and the unity of the holiday season forgotten already it is easy to fall victim to day-to-day stress. Certainly new classes are frightening for students, and the roll over of the year brings changes in jobs, not to mention the challenges of tax season. For me, however, Poland has provided perspective. Times are hard for many of us, but at least for me, and for most people I know, they are relatively safe. My bed is soft and covered with pillow pets. I get to choose if I want to spend extra money on organic, avocado oil mayonnaise. I get to march in the streets or write a blog post if I feel that my government is heading the wrong direction. These things are all liberties that were taken away from those who came before us, and we would do well to remember that on the days that seem darkest. It is only by remembering that we will know when to stand up to those who threaten us, but so, too, it is through remembering the past that we can cherish the present.

Destiny Rose Murphy is from Denton, Texas and plans on triple majoring in Political Science, English, and Philosophy, as well as minoring in Human Rights and Public Policy and International Affairs. In addition to being an HCM Tower Scholar, she is a Dedman Scholar and a Second Century Scholar. In her free time, she writes and manages social media for the Honors Magazine Hilltopics, organizes events as the Vice President of the Medieval Club, works as the Social Science Chair of the Honors Research Association, and competes with SMU’s award winning competitive ballroom dancing team. She also started a Rotaract club at SMU to give back to the community through service. Her interests in policy focus mostly on the judicial branch, and how policy can be affected through nontraditional, non-legislative means. 

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Nieto cancels trip to U.S. | Luisa del Rosal on the economic impact

President Peña Nieto canceled his trip to the U.S. scheduled for next week.

Earlier Thursday morning, President Trump said in a tweet: “If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”

“Mexico does not believe in walls. I’ve said time again; Mexico will not pay for any wall,” Nieto said in a video on Twitter.

Tower Center and Texas-Mexico Center Executive Director Luisa del Rosal said the decision to scrap the meeting could have “deep economic implications” for both Texas and Mexico.

“The average American doesn’t realize the impact a renegotiation of NAFTA could have on prices,” she said. “They will care when the price of an avocado increases 35 percent. Texans will notice when their Ford trucks become unaffordable.”

On average, parts used to manufacture a car cross the border five times.

Elected officials seem to comprehend the gravity of what is at stake. None of the 38 Texans in Congress would voice support for Trump’s border wall, according to the Texas Tribune.

The Tower Center published a story on the importance of the meeting between the two presidents following a seminar from Dr. Rodolfo Hernández Guerrero, professor of contemporary politics of U.S.-Mexico at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In an interview after the lecture, Hernández said Nieto and President Donald Trump having these conversations face-to-face is significant for the relationship.

“That would be a very strong message for Mexicans. It demonstrates dignity. It’s an equalizer,” he said.

Jennifer Apperti, program specialist of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center, agreed that it’s essential for the two presidents to discuss the issues in person.

“We’ll be able to say we came to the table, we tried,” Apperti said. “We have to show that we’re on equal terms now.”

Reuters and other news organizations have reported that the U.S. is “scrambling to reschedule the meeting.”

A number of senior U.S. State Department officials have been asked to leave their positions as part of an effort to “clean house” by the White House.

These sudden resignations include: Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond, and Office of Foreign Missions Director Gentry O. Smith.

With incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s lack of formal government experience, these departures are alarming and experts are saying they could prevent the transfer of knowledge from senior officials who have worked in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

“Most of the resignations at the State Department are from career diplomats, and it will be very interesting to see if other career diplomats take their place or if they will be appointments from outside State,” said Apperti, who previously worked at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the counterpart to the U.S. State Department.

“At this point it’s unclear if any senior level advisors with hands on experience will remain who are able offer their expertise to the new Secretary, in an ever more complex international context.”

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Here’s what’s at stake for U.S.-Mexico under President Trump

Dr. Rodolfo Hernández Guerrero gave a seminar at the Tower Center Jan. 25.

Top Mexican officials are in D.C. to discuss trade, immigration and security with the Trump administration ahead of Mexican President Peña Nieto’s meeting with Donald Trump next week. The media is flooding with talk of building the wall — el muro — but Mexico’s focus is on the broader implications of the relationship.

Rodolfo Hernández Guerrero, professor of contemporary U.S.-Mexico politics at the University of Texas at Dallas, gave a lecture at the Tower Center Jan. 25 discussing the future of the U.S.-Mexico relationship under President Trump. Here’s a look at what we learned from his talk.

Texas is the Winner of NAFTA

“Who is the big winner of NAFTA?” Hernández asked. “Texas.” According to his presentation, about 380,000 Texas jobs depend on trade with Mexico, and roughly 2 million are trade related. In 2015, Mexico imported $93 billion worth of exports from Texas.

Texan Republicans seem to understand what’s at stake. The Texas Tribune reported that Texan members of Congress don’t agree with Trump’s call to renegotiate the treaty. Rep. Lamar Smith told the Tribune that Texas benefits from deals that make its goods and services available to more people.

Hernández argued that, among other aspects of the deal, the zero-tariff rate will be extremely hard to alter. Renegotiating will likely lead both Mexico and Canada to strengthen deals with countries in Europe and Asia, therefore weakening American influence.

El Muro

The wall has become a symbol of President Trump’s campaign — his suggested quick fix to border security and the influx of illegal immigrants across the border. Even U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions referred to the border wall as “an analogy.”

When asked about her sentiment toward the idea of a wall, Tower Center Executive Director Luisa del Rosal responded that the focus of the negotiations must be more comprehensive than that. The U.S.-Mexico relationship is too sophisticated to be reduced to an ambitious construction project. Hernández also stressed Mexico’s determination to have a holistic approach to the talks.

However, the question that does need to be answered about el muro is who is going to foot the bill. Trump has insisted Mexico will pay, and Nieto has said no way. The Trump administration’s latest proposal was to cut off the flow of remittances sent from immigrants to their families in Mexico. Mexico receives roughly $24 billion in remittances from the U.S., close to Washington’s estimated cost for the wall, which they put at $25 billion.

“It’s possible,” Hernández said regarding the use of remittances. “But the outcome could cost more.”

The economic impact of a solution like that will be immense in Mexico, he said. It would increase poverty, and as a result, it would increase immigration to the U.S. To offset these outcomes, del Rosal said Mexico must invest in its education.

An Opportunity for Reinvention

Mexico was part of the dialogue in both Hillary Clinton and Trump’s campaign. Being in the spotlight provides Mexico with an opportunity, Hernandez said. They can look inward and make changes to be strategic and to become more independent.

“Ultimately this will create a situation where Mexico will be able to have a more equal relationship with the U.S.,” he said.

One thing Trump and Nieto have in common is their unpopularity in their own countries. According to Real Clear Politics, Trump is viewed favorably on average by around 42 percent , and Nieto’s approval rate hovers between 20-30 percent. Part of Nieto’s unpopularity stems from his handling of Donald Trump. While Trump is hated by most Mexicans, according to Hernández, the political class can’t afford to not like him. They have to be practical.

Popularity is related to legitimacy, Hernández said. It reflects the respect of the people. Nieto needs to remain strong and clear with his objectives next week.

“It’s an opportunity to achieve that popularity,” Hernández said.

Listen to Dr. Rodolfo Hernández Guerrero’s seminar:

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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


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,
    • 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.”

Crawford and 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,” they 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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