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Summer 2014

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Prof. Stephen Silvia Takes on New Responsibilities

IER is pleased to announce the promotion of faculty member Stephen Silvia from Associate Professor to Professor within the School of International Service. Dr. Silvia has also stepped down as the inaugural director of the Online Master of Arts in International Relations program after two years of service, and will be taking on a newly elected position as Chair of the university's Committee on Faculty Actions for AY 2014/15.

Spring 2014

Alena Sakhonchik and Jim Goldgeier at Awards Cereniby

Alena Sakhonchik with SIS Dean Jim Goldgeier.

Awards

Two IER graduate students won sought-after awards at the School of International Service Annual Awards Ceremony:

Alex Choy won the Alan Taylor Memorial Award for Excellence in Outstanding Academic Performance and Service to the University.

Alena Sakhonchik won the Charles H. Heimsath Memorial Award for Excellence in Style and Substance of Written Work in International Relations at the Undergraduate Level.

 

Congratulations to our students!!!!
Alex Choy and Dean Jim Goldgeier at the SIS Awards Ceremony 2014

Alex Choy with SIS Dean Jim Goldgeier after receiving his award.

Publications


Prof. Daniel Bernhofen published an article titled "Preferences, rent destruction and multilateral liberalization: The building block effect of CUSFTA" with Tobias Ketterer and Chris Milner in Journal of International Economics.


Prof. Gregory Fuller authored a chapter titled "Europe and the Global Economic Crisis," for the fifth edition of Europe Today: A Twenty-First Century Introduction, due out in June 2014. He also authored sections on "Structural Adjustment Programs" and "Sovereign Debt" in World Democracy: From Ancient Times to the People's Revolutions of the 21st Century, due out in 2014.

 

Prof. Arturo Porzecanski published a chapter titled "Borrowing and debt: how do sovereigns get into trouble?" in the book Sovereign Debt Management edited by Lee C. Buchheit and Rosa M. Lastra, published by Oxford University Press in January 2014. He also published an oped article titled "Time to get serious at the IDB" in The Financial Times on January 13, 2014. In addition, on February 3, 2014, he was interviewed exclusively in El País (Uruguay) newspaper on international and regional economic issues, and also in Brazil's leading financial daily, Valor Econômico on Mexico's improved creditworthiness relative to Brazil's, on February 6, 2014. Porzecanski also published two op-eds in the Brazilian press critical of Brazilian foreign economic diplomacy, the first in Valor Econômico on March 20, 2014, and the second in Folha de São Paulo on April 12, 2014. On May 29, 2014, his views on the economic and banking situation in Puerto Rico were published in the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill. On June 12, 2014, the Financial Times blog beyondbrics featured his views on Argentina's debt restructuring.


Prof. Manuel Suárez-Mier published a weekly column on current economic events in the "Money" section of Mexico's leading newspaper Excelsior and also several commentaries as a scholar affiliated with CATO's Spanish-language institute.

Presentations & Other Activities


Prof. Daniel Bernhofen presented a paper at the American Economic Association Meetings in Philadelphia, PA, on January 3-5, 2014. He also organized a session at that conference titled "Assessing the welfare impacts of economic integration: evidence from the 19th and 20th centuries". He also gave a presentation at Syracuse University on February 25, 2014, titled "Estimating the effects of the container revolution on world trade", with Drs. Zouheir El-Sahli and Richard Kneller, as part of the Maxwell School's Trade, Development, and Political Economy Workshop series.


Prof. Arturo Porzecanski spoke at a program on "Argentina at the Crossroads" sponsored by the Hudson Institute, which took place in Washington DC on January 15, 2014. He was also a panelist at a seminar on "Sovereign Debt Restructuring: A Better Way Forward?" hosted by EMTA, which was held in Washington DC on January 16, 2014. Furthermore, he spoke on "Economic Trends in the Southern Cone (of South America)" at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute, in Arlington VA on February 4, 2014. He was also a panelist at an American University Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge discussion on "New Rules for the International Financial Order"which took place on February 19, 2014. Moreover, he was a panelist at an event on "The Future of Argentina: Through the Looking Glass" sponsored by EMTA, which took place in New York City on February 28, 2014. He was also the moderator for a discussion of Argentina's economic and political outlook, co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution and American University, which was held in Washington DC on March 24, 2014. Furthermore, he spoke on "The Economic and Political Outlook in Argentina" at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, in Washington DC on March 26, 2014. Porzecanski also chaired a discussion on "Argentina: Next Steps" as part of BBVA Bank's 4th Latin American Local Markets & Issuer Conference, which took place May 8, 2014, at the Pierre Hotel in New York. He also participated in a meeting of The Good Judgment Project, sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, which took place at American University on May 15, 2014.


Prof. Stephen Silvia presented a paper, “German Trade Unions Wrestle with Reform: The Strategies of IG Metall, IG BCE and ver.di” a the Council for European Studies' 21st International Conference of Europeanists in Washington, DC in March 2014. On April 9, 2014, Dr. Silvia gave a talk, “The Euro and the European Welfare State,” at an event concerning "The Sustainability of European Welfare Systems following the Debt Crisis," at The George Washington University in April 2014.

 

Prof. Manuel Suárez-Mier took over as the new Director of American University's Center for North American Studies as of January 1, 2014, succeeding Founding Director Prof. Robert Pastor, who retired at the end of 2013 and passed away on January 8, 2014. He was also interviewed in January on National Public Radio.

Fall 2013

Publications  

 

Prof. Daniel Bernhofen co-edited the October 2013 Palgrave Handbook of International Trade together with Rod Falvey, David Greenaway, and Udo Kreichemeier.


Prof. Arturo Porzecanski published a chapter titled “Behind the 2012 Greek Default and Restructuring” in the book Sovereign Debt and Debt Restructuring edited by Eugenio A. Bruno, published by Globe Business Publishing. He also published an oped article titled “Argentina threw its creditors under the bus” in The Financial Times on November 12, 2013. Prof. Porzecanski also authored a monograph titled “Brazil’s Place in the Global Economy” in the series Perspectives on the Americas released by the University of Miami’s Center for Hemispheric Policy, in December 2013.

 

Prof. Stephen Silvia published a new book, "Holding the Shop Together: German Industrial Relations in the Postwar Era," which investigates the role of industrial relations and trade unions in the rise of the German economy after World War II. Dr. Silvia also authored a commentary, "Waiting for German Domestic-led Growth," for the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies.

 

Prof. Manuel Suárez-Mier published a weekly column on current economic events in the "Money" section of Mexico's leading newspaper Excelsior and also several commentaries as a scholar affiliated with CATO's Spanish-language institute.


Presentations and Other Activities


Prof. Daniel Bernhofen presented a paper, "A Ricardian factor characterization of the gains from trade," at the Washington Area Economic History Seminar at American University in November. He also presented a paper called "The effects of preferential trade agreements on the multilateral process," at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies Conference in Heidelberg, Germany, in December.

 

Prof. Gregory Fuller presented a paper titled "Destructive Creation: The Unintended Consequences of the Rise of Finance," at the European Union Studies Biennial Conference in Baltimore, MD.


Prof. Arturo Porzecanski spoke at a program on "Argentina As a 'Bad Actor' On the World Stage" at a Heritage Foundation event which took place in Washington DC on September 25, 2013. He was also a panelist in "Five Years Later: Lessons from the 2008 Financial Crisis" as a part of the French-American Global Forum, which took place at American University on October 14, 2013. He was also the keynote speaker at "A Discussion of Argentina's Sovereign Debt Case" which was hosted by the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS-JHU), and took place in Washington DC on November 14, 2013. Furthermore, he spoke at a program on "Argentina v. Holdout Creditors: Applying the Rule of Law to Resolve Debt Default" hosted by the CATO Institute in Washington DC, on December 11, 2013. Moreover, he was a panelist at an event on "Sovereign Debt Restructuring: A Better Way Forward?" sponsored by EMTA, which took place in New York City on December 18, 2013.

 

Prof. Stephen Silvia gave several presentations related to his new book, "Holding the Shop Together," throughout Fall 2013. In addition, he gave several talks on European economics and labor to the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute. Dr. Silvia also presented a paper, "Is Economic Hegemony Necessary for Maintaining Open Trade? An Empirical Challenge to the Hegemonic Stability Theory,” coauthored with Michael Stanaitis, to the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Chicago in September 2013.

 

Prof. Manuel Suárez-Mier was the co-organizer of a major conference titled “The NAFTA Promise and the North American Reality: The Gap and How to Narrow It” which took place at American University on October 31-November 1, 2013. He was also interviewed multiple times on China’s 24-hour television network CCTV, CNN en Español, Televisa and on Mexico’s TV Azteca, on topics related to the economic situation of various Latin American countries.



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