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SIS Research congratulates Rachel Sullivan Robinson on her new book Intimate Interventions in Global Health: Family Planning and HIV Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa. SIS Research hosted a book launch for Prof. Robinson, which included remarks by Dean Goldgeier, and a panel discussion with the author as well as Michael Woolcock (World Bank), Sara Allinder (CSIS), and April Harding (former World Bank). 

In her book, Prof. Robinson argues that both globally and locally, those working to prevent HIV borrowed and adapted resources, discourses and strategies used for family planning. Her case studies also show that historical and existing relationships with outside actors, the nature of NGOs, and perceptions of previous interventions strongly structured later health interventions.

You can read more about Prof. Robinson's research including her recent article for The Conversation, "Will Trump's Global Family Planning Cuts Cause Side Effects?" here

Security in Africa: A Critical Approach to Western Indicators of Threat

Photo of discussants: Steve Dalzell, Claire Metelits, and Professor Dawuni seated on stage infront of the SIS backdrop.

In her new book, Security in Africa: A Critical Approach to Western Indicators of Threat, Prof. Claire Metelits questions the dominant Western narrative of security threats in Africa. Dr. Josephine Dawuni (Howard University), Col. James Hentz (Virginia Military Institute), and Stephen Dalzell (RAND Corporation; SIS) joined Prof. Metelits for a book launch and discussion held at SIS. The panelists discussed the implications of current Western perspectives on African security policy, pointing to the resulting negative perceptions of these policies and their impact on Africa as a whole.

Staying Put in a Gentrifying City: The Tenants Opportunity to Purchase Act

Carolyn Gallaher stands with a microphone to discuss her findings for her new book. Her fellow panelists are seated at a table next to her.

Photo Credit: Julie Pixler

On September 29, 2016, SIS Research hosted an event to celebrate the release of Professor Carolyn Gallaher's new book, The Politics of Staying Put: Condo Conversion and Tenant Right-to-Buy in Washington, DC. Blake Biles, Partner (ret.) Arnold & Porter; Boardmember, Neighborhood Legal Services Program and, Derek Musgrove, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, joined Prof. Gallaher for the discussion, moderated by Derek Hyra, Director, Metropolitan Policy Center, American University.

Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory

Panel of four speakers on stage engaged in conversation with AU SIS backdrop.

Jeffrey Watts, American University

Austin Hart, assistant professor, School of International Service, and author, Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory; Lara Brown, Interim Director, The Graduate School of Political Management, The George Washington University; and David Karol, associate professor of government and politics, University of Maryland, and contributor to the "Monkey Cage," shared their insights in a discussion moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive-in-Residence, School of Public Affairs, American University, on the upcoming election and how the campaigns have--or have not--harnessed political messaging to sway voters.


Global Environmental Politics: Hope on a Warming Planet

Kate Sheppard, Paul Wapner, Simon Nicholson, and Jamie Raskin sit onstage and discuss climate change policy.

Photo Credit: Jeff White, American University

On October 4, 2016, SIS Research hosted a book launch event and policy discussion for Professors Simon Nicholson and Paul Wapner. Maryland State Senator and Democratic Congressional Candidate (MD-8) Jamie Raskin provided his views and policy priorities on climate change in a discussion moderated by Kate Sheppard of The Huffington Post.