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“I wanted to be in Washington because this is where everything is happening. Everyone here cares about politics and government. AU was a school I had my eye on as an undergrad. It was my dream school. Usually you don’t get to be a professor at your dream school early on in your career. I feel like I kind of hit the jackpot.”

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AU School of Public Affairs Assistant Professor David Malet recently co-authored a paper examining how long it typically takes a returned foreign fighter to launch a domestic attack, and he found there is not a long-term risk as feared. Understanding what happens with returnees is important to know because it can affect policies on everything from countries admitting refugees to whether to permit ISIS fighters to leave the theater of conflict alive.

17 books published by SPA faculty in 2015-16

100 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2015-16

5,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2015-16

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Panel at Separation of Powers event

Government & Politics ·

SPA Hosts Forum on Congress and the Separation of Powers

Scholars, researchers, and journalists gathered on Capitol Hill on Sept. 25 to discuss the theory behind the separation of powers between the branches of U.S. government and how that concept has played out in American history.
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Research ·

Foreign Fighter Returnees: An Indefinite Threat?

AU School of Public Affairs Assistant Professor David Malet recently co-authored a paper examining how long it typically takes a returned foreign fighter to launch a domestic attack.
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Panel speaking at Star Wars Under the Stars event

Alumni ·

The Politics of Star Wars: Lessons from A Galaxy Far, Far Away

As a special events coordinator at the United States Library of Congress, Clay Pencek, SPA/MPA ’17 and SIS/BA ’11, tries to create programs that will spark the imagination of the public and get them to think of the library’s collection in new ways.
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