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Throughout the year, ILAR hosts events that serve as a nucleus for scholars, postdoctoral scholars and students.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events
Feb. 6, 2019
The Judge: Film Screening and Discussion
Kholoud Al-Faqih is the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. THE JUDGE offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud, who was top of her class in law school and a highly regarded lawyer specializing in representing women and families in civil and criminal court cases. Her stunning strategies and perseverance to become a Shari’a Court Judge was not only historic, it embodies so many aspects of inter-faith and cross-cultural perceptions and misperceptions about women and the law far beyond Islam.  

May 31, 2017
"Brazil’s Future as an Energy Superpower"
Mauricio Tolmasquim, professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and GPS Professor David Victor discussed Brazil's current stance as an energy supplier on the world stage, what the country's energy future may look like, and what role Brazil will play globally in tackling energy challenges such as limiting emissions that cause global warming.

Dec. 1, 2016 
"China’s Energy & Environmental Challenges: Fact vs. Fiction, Moving Forward"
Julio Friedmann of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shared his extensive experience in collaborations and engagement in China, especially carbon capture and storage, followed by a conversation with GPS Professor David Victor on the future of U.S.-China collaboration on climate change mitigation and clean energy innovation.

March 3, 2016
"The 'NIMBY' Effect and Support for International Legal Institutions"
Speaker: Stephen Chaudoin, assistant professor of political science, University of Illinois

April 21, 2016
"State Cooperation with International Criminal Tribunals: An Investigation of International Warrant Enforcement"
Speaker: Emily Ritter, assistant professor of Political Science, UC Merced

April 9, 2015
"Lost Causes: Agenda-Setting and Agenda Vetting in Global Issue Networks"
Speaker: Charli Carpenter, professor of political science, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Feb. 5, 2015
"Threat Perception & Public Support of Torture"
Speaker: Will Moore, professor of political science, Florida State University


Nov. 20, 2014
“Regionalism in the World Polity”
Speaker: Josephy Jupille, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Colorado

May 29, 2014
"What can International Relations Learn from International Law?"
Speaker: Mark Pollack, Professor, Temple University

May 15, 2014
"Willing and Able: Culpability, Vulnerability and Leaders’ Sensitivity to War Outcomes"
Speaker: Jessica Weeks, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

May 8, 2014
Atomic Aversion and Just War Doctrine: Evidence from Survey Experiments
Speaker: Scott Sagan, Caroline S.G. Munro Professor, Stanford University

April 3, 2014
Intended and Unintended Consequences of Democracy Promotion Assistance to Georgia after the Rose Revolution
Speaker: Jesse Driscoll, Assistant Professor, IR/PS UC San Diego

Feb. 6, 2014
External Financing and the Adaptation of International Organizations
Speaker: Julia Gray, Assistant Professor, International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Jan. 30, 2014
Nuclear Russian Roulette: A Model of Proliferation and Preventive War
Speaker: Andrew Coe, Assistant Professor, International Relations, University of Southern California


Nov. 21, 2013
Deceptive Studies or Deceptive Answers? Results from Competing Field and Survey Experiments on Global Anonymous Incorporation
Speaker: Michael Findley, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Oct. 24, 2013
The Politics of Petitions: Interest Groups and Labor Rights in the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences?
Speaker: Layna Mosley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Oct. 17, 2013
Media Access and Clientelism: The Effects of Community Radio Access on Citizen Preferences for Clientelist Political Promises
Speaker: Philip Keefer, The World Bank

June 6, 2013
When Leaders Matter: Rebel Experience and Nuclear Proliferation
Speaker: Matthew Fuhrmann, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M University

May 30, 2013
Explosive Connections? Mass Media, Social Media, and the Geography of Collective Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa
Speaker: Camber Warren, Assistant Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

May 16, 2013
International Insurance: Why Militant Groups and Governments Compete with Ballots Instead of Bullets
Speaker: Aila Matanock, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

May 9, 2013
Globalization and Industry Support for Immigration
Speaker: Maggie Peters, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

May 3, 2013
Tenth Annual International Relations Workshop Retreat
The Retreat was designed to maximize useful commentary by faculty and fellow graduate students.

March 14, 2013
Negotiating Our Climate: A Roundtable Discussion on International Climate Change Policy
Speakers: UC San Diego student delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, and a panel of experts including David Victor

Feb. 21, 2013
Gender, Education, and Support for Militant Groups: Evidence From a Public Opinion Survey in Pakistan
Speaker: Madiha Afzal, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

Feb. 7, 2013
WTO Adjudication as a Tool for Conflict Management
Speaker: Christina Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Relations, Princeton University

Jan. 24, 2013
Retaining the Room to Maneuver? Globalization and Mass Politics
Speaker: Timothy Hellwig, Indiana University Bloomington


Nov. 15, 2012
Shaping Precedent in International Trade Law: A Social Network Application
Speaker: Krzysztof Pelc, Assistant Professor of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal

Nov. 7, 2012
Public Support for Global Climate Cooperation
Speaker: Michael Bechtel, University of St. Gallen

Oct. 1, 2012
The Competence of Economic Policy-makers in OECD Democracies
Speaker: Mark Hallerberg, Professor, Public Management and Political Economy and Director, Fiscal Governance Centre, Hertie School of Governance.

May 8, 2012
Sensitivity to Issue Framing on Trade Policy Preferences: Evidence from a Survey Experiment
Speaker: Pablo Pinto, Associate Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

April 5, 2012
The Democracy - Civil Society Paradox in Global Environmental Governance
Speaker: Thomas Bernauer, Professor of Political Science, ETH Zurich

Feb. 9, 2012
An Experimental Investigation of the Democratic Peace
Speaker: Mike Tomz, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University , download the paper here

Feb. 2, 2012
Framing Business Interests: How Campaigns Shape Firms’ Positions on Preferential Trade Agreements
Speaker: Megumi Naoi, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UC San Diego

Jan. 19, 2012
The Autocratic Politics of Human Rights Agreement Ratification
Speaker: Jana von Stein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan


Oct. 27, 2011
Sailing the Water's Edge: Where Domestic Politics Meets Foreign Policy
Speaker: Helen V. Milner, B.C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Oct. 13, 2011
Diplomacy, Pre-crisis Communication, and War
Speaker: Shuhei Kurizaki, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M University

Oct. 6, 2011
Commitment Problems or Bidding Wars? Rebel Fragmentation as Peace-Building
Speaker: Jesse Driscoll, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego

April 21, 2011
Protectionism in Hard Political Times: The Choice Between Trade Remedies and Binding Overhang
Speaker: Marc L. Busch, Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Professor of Government at Georgetown University

March 3, 2011
Domestic Politics and the Design of International Agreements
Speaker: John Pevehouse, Professor of Political Science and Leon Epstein Faculty Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Feb. 24, 2011
Blame Attribution and Support for Combatants During Civil War: Evidence from an Experiment in Afghanistan
Speaker: Jason Lyall, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Dec. 2, 2010
The Cost of Empty Threats: A Penny, Not A Pound
Speaker: Jack Snyder, Professor at Columbia University

Nov. 19, 2010
Combining Civil and Interstate Wars
Speaker: David Cunningham, Associate Professor at Iowa State University

Nov. 18, 2010
Terrorizing Freedom: When Governments Use Repression to Manipulate Elections
Speaker: Susan Hyde, Associate Professor at Yale University

Oct. 28, 2010
Dyads De Novo? The Origin of State Pairs, Systems & Behavior in International Politics
Speaker: Andrew Enterline, Associate Professor at The University of North Texas

Oct. 14, 2010
Civil War and Social Capital: Behavioral-Game Evidence From Nepal
Speaker: Michael Gilligan, Associate Professor at New York University

April 22, 2010
Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics
Speaker: Beth Simmons, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University

April 1, 2010
Do Positions of Authority Increase Cooperation with International Organizations? Evidence from the International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council

Feb. 25, 2010
Stochastic Shocks, Bargaining and War
Speaker: Muhammet Bas, Harvard University

Feb. 16, 2010
In the Vanguard of Globalization: The OECD and International Capital Liberalization
Speaker: Professor Tal Sadeh, Tel Aviv Unversity

Feb. 4, 2010
Regime Type, Veto Players, and Preferential Trading Arrangements
Speaker: Edward Mansfield, Hum Rosen Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Dec. 2, 2009
Social Norms and Agency in World Politics
Speaker: Robert Keohane, professor of International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School

Nov. 17, 2009
Domestic Politics and the Accession of Authoritarian Regimes to Human Rights Treaties
Speaker: Peter Rosendorff, associate professor in the Department of Politics at New York University

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