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UCI Social Sciences E-News

Welcome to the Winter issue of the International Studies eNews

Upcoming Events

The Spirit of Democracy: The Global Democratic Boom, Recession, and Renewal

The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies

The Ghost in the Machine: Migrant Labor and the Homeland Security State

Pictures of Politics and the Politics of Pictures

Remembering Spanishness and the Residue of Time

Primed to Hate? Local Political Milieux & Jewish Persecution in Occupied Poland

The Politics of Private Development Aid

Shattered Law: A Critique of Positive Law in Melville's Billy Budd

The Study of Electroacoustic Music in East Asia

Queering Online: Transnational Sexual Citizenship in Singapore

Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq

Wood and Chips

Discussion on the Ethnography of Courts

Conflict Experiences of UCI Students

Points of Departure: Political Theology on the Scenes of Early Modernity

Democratization and Stability in East Asia

The Human Faces of the War on Terrorism

New Research on Security

Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Consensus Voting Procedures

Past Events

Recent Reports on Status of Women in Academia & International Peace Operations

Global Leadership Certificate Program Information Session

Shirts of Many Colors: Thailand's Latest Political Protest

Global Leadership Certificate Program Information Session

Film Screening of U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha

Religion and Democracy in the Middle East

The Coming Oil Wars

The Intimacy of War in Late Modern International Politics

Beyond Stereotypes: Faces and Voices of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Nuclear Tensions: Behind the Scenes

Public Spheres, Blogospheres

How to Accept German Reparations

2008 Human Security Award Ceremony

Students Making Peace? Report from UCI's Olive Tree Initiative

IGCC Campus Informational Workshop

South Asia and the African Slave Trades of the Western Indian Ocean

Environmental Pollution in Japan: The Ashio Copper Mining Case

U.S. Foreign Policy between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11

Ethnic-Prone and Ethic-Proof Governance

Global Leadership: Careers in International Development and Humanitarian NGOs

Toward a Post-Kyoto Climate Change Architecture: A Political Analysis

Malaria in the 21st Century

International Conference on Water Scarcity, Global Changes and Groundwater Mgmt

Poor Theory and New Chinese Cinema: Jia Zhangke's Still Life

Militant Islam and the War on Terror in Pakistan

Human Rights: Now More Than Ever

Cross-National Variations in the Criminal Regulation of Sex

Appreciating Complexity: Ethnic Diversity & Generalized Trust in the Melting Pot

Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa

Poverty, Household Composition, and Welfare States

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Message from director Deborah Avant

RIGS and the International Studies Program at UCI had an eventful year in 2008. We instituted the RIGS research seminar series and five lunch groups, and proposed an overhaul of the curriculum for the undergraduate major in international studies.

As we move in to 2009, we are happy to welcome our first long term visiting scholar - Virginia Haufler from University of Maryland - and look forward to a full calendar of international studies public forums, RIGS research seminars, and increasing collaborations with other centers at UCI on global and international issues.

The faculty's innovative research is the backbone of the dynamic intellectual environment in international studies at UCI. Read on for more about individual research activities and awards.  

New institute to explore how world's poor use technology to spend, store money

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded UC Irvine a $1.7 million grant to create a new research institute focused on the growing use of mobile technology in providing banking and financial services to people in developing countries.

The Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion will be the first to explore how the world's poorest people spend, store and save money. The institute will study how these habits are affected by the emerging mobile banking industry, known as "m-banking," which could make financial services and the security they provide available to millions of poor people for the first time.

It also will fund research in developing countries, host conferences and provide scholarships to those who conduct such research. An archive on the emerging m-banking industry for use by researchers in the U.S. and around the world also is being planned.

"This kind of research is critical to informing the design of financial products and services that meet the needs of the poor," said Amolo Ng'weno, senior program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Financial Services for the Poor initiative. "We need to understand ways that the poor think about and use money so that new banking models can become relevant for the population with the most need. Convenient, low-cost, high-quality savings and other financial services can help the poor transform their lives."

UCI anthropologist Bill Maurer will serve as the institute's founding director.

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Etel Solingen's Nuclear Logics receives top book award in political science

Why do some states seek nuclear weapons while others renounce them? How have the nuclear trajectories of East Asia and the Middle East differed? What do answers to these and other questions say about North Korea and Iran's nuclear plans?

These are some of the questions that political scientist Etel Solingen tackles in her most recent book, Nuclear Logics, which received the American Political Science Association's (APSA) prestigious 2008 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book published in the U.S. on government, politics, or international affairs. Her work was also recognized with APSA's 2008 Robert Jervis and Paul Schroeder Best Book Award.

"A crucial, frequently underestimated variable in nuclear proliferation discussions is the role of the political-economy of domestic ruling coalitions, and their preferred models of political survival," says Solingen.

She argues that a state's decision to pursue nuclear weapons has a great deal to do with the nature of its relations - or lack thereof - to the global political economy.

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Illegal migration worldwide poses security risks

An era of mass migrations, porous borders and easily obtained fraudulent documents is blurring the definition of citizenship and putting national security at risk around the globe, says UC Irvine political science professor Kamal Sadiq in his new book, Paper Citizens: How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries.

Unlike traditional immigration research that focuses on movement from impoverished countries to wealthier nations, Sadiq explores immigration into developing nations. While researching his book, he studied Filipino immigrant settlements in Malaysia and watched the ease with which Bangladeshi immigrants settled in India.

"Bangladeshis and Bengali Indians share many similarities in terms of ethnicity, language, religion and even food habits," Sadiq said. "It becomes very easy then for Bangladeshi immigrants to blend in with the locals in India."

Sadiq's research focuses on "documentary citizenship" - immigrants' use of forged documents or illegally obtained authentic passports to prove residency or citizenship. Weak and erratic bureaucracies in developing countries allow fake documents to flourish. The result is a thriving underground process for attaining citizenship.

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Obama forms advisory group focused on Latinos

Cybernetic birth control

Many officials reluctant to help arrest immigrants

Church shelters Liliana one year

Obama and the youth vote

Research finds fear of illegal immigrant crime unfounded

Promoting civic engagement in the MySpace age

Virtual similarities

Crimes less likely from immigrants

Storm-hit Cubans need all our help

The stone-age diet that works

Congressional Republicans arm forum with bold anti-immigrant

Bill Gates gives UCI $1.7 to study the poor

Virtual worlds provide real interaction

A depressing historical parallel

Latino heritage month raises awareness, hopes to spark change

Rescue no cure-all for underlying flaws

No panic at WaMu branches

House divided on fed. bailout

Rivals agree on reform

The big three

Illegal immigrant inflow to the U.S. lags that of legal immigrants

New institute to assess mobile banking in developing world

Fed chief guided by lessons from Depression

Nonfiction review: "The Latino Threat"

Children of immigrants reshaping America

The Great Depression: How close are we?

Channeling conflict

Obama speaks Spanish for first time in ad

Myth of the Latino vote

Audit: US fails in tracking cost of Iraq contractors

UCI students tell of their visit to the Holy Land

Haters come out of the woodwork

Bridging the Muslim-Jewish divide

ICE failure to detect, deport criminal aliens shows distorted priorities

Where's the money, honey?

Campus currents

Refile China now - China grapples with new social safety net

Tijuana's bloodiest year

Experts: Latino advocacy group in LI probe not "wacko"

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