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Report Raises Risks of Artificial Intelligence: Playing Out in Political Reality

Artificial intelligence has incredible promise to make the world a better place. But the technology is also creating a growing concern about its potential to do harm.
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Voices Heard: SIS Professor Shows How Human Rights Activists Changed US Foreign Policy

Sarah Snyder documents the long 1960s and the crumbling of the Cold War consensus.
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Suhay giving a talk at the National Academy of Sciences about her new research project focused on communicating science.

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Grant Award Explores Effective Ways to Communicate Science

When scientists talk, do policymakers listen? Elizabeth Suhay, SPA assistant professor and her colleague were given a $30,000 grant from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and the Rita Allen Foundation to explore that question.
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Using Rank Order to Identify Complex Genetic Interactions

An American University assistant professor who researches in the area of mathematical biology and her colleagues show how ranking pathogen mutants can help scientists understand how mutants evolve to resist drug treatments.
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Research Tests Rhetoric About Syrian Refugees: Its Political Impact in Question

SPA Assistant Professor and co-director of AU SPA’s Peace and Violence Research Lab, Thomas Zeitzoff, and colleagues recently examined attitudes toward Syrian refugees in Turkey and how messages about their presence impacted the local political landscape.
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Promise: View from the Eyes of a Development Management Expert

Jerrold Keilson set out to find examples to share with the young professionals and give them hope. The result is his new book, The Practice of International Development, co-edited by Michael Gubser of James Madison University and published by Routledge.
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New Research Examines the Broken Alliance of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State

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New Research Examines the Broken Alliance of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State

A new paper written by SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon and coauthor Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault, an assistant professor at Georgetown University look at the way leadership styles have driven a wedge between Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
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New Book Explores Citizen Involvement with Privatized Programs

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New Book Explores Citizen Involvement with Privatized Programs

The U.S. government contracts out an array of services to the private sector, spending nearly $500 billion a year. Just how and why citizens get involved in these programs is the focus of SPA Associate Professor Anna Amirkhanyan’s new book.
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Political scientists have long studied what influences political participation and voter turnout. American University School of Public Affairs Professor Jan Leighley wanted to find out whether activism beyond voting really affected how lawmakers act.

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Does Political Participation or Affluence Affect Policy Responsiveness?

Political scientists have long studied what influences political participation and voter turnout. American University School of Public Affairs Professor Jan Leighley wanted to find out whether activism beyond voting really affected how lawmakers act.
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Derek Hyra discusses his work researching gentrification urban development in D.C.

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Podcast Featuring SPA Faculty Highlights How Gentrification Affects Washington, D.C.

SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra talks with the Holistic Housing Podcast about his work researching gentrification and equitable urban development in D.C.’s famous U Street/Shaw neighborhood.
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