Bruce Hoffman’s ‘Anonymous Soldiers’ Earns Top Washington Institute Book Prize

Professor Bruce Hoffman’s book “Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947,” a behind-the-scenes look at the tumultuous period leading up to the collapse of British colonial rule in Palestine and the establishment of the Jewish state, has been awarded the gold medal in The Washington Institute’s 2015 Book Prize competition, the research organization announced today.

CERES Visiting Researcher: Diana Dumitru

CERES Visiting Researcher Dr. Diana Dumitru has come to CERES to work on a new research project looking at Soviet Jews in the post-WWII era. Although many people are well acquainted with Soviet anti-Semitism, Dr. Dumitru found a lack of scholarship analyzing why relations between the Soviet state and Jews soured post-war. Her research will focus on centralized Soviet policy and its application in Moldova and Ukraine.

Japan 2020 Initiative Student Papers

The SFS Asian Studies Program, in partnership with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, launched a pilot program aimed at cultivating the next generation of Asia specialists in the United States with a focus on Japan. Georgetown graduates and undergraduates selected worked on Japan-themed research papers under the guidance of Japan focused faculty including Professors Michael Green and Jordan Sand.

Susan Martin Discusses Environmental Impact of Refugee Camps

The Caravel interviewed Professor Susan Martin about her State Department sponsored research on the environmental impact of refugee camps. Martin and Professor Mark Giordano, who also received the grant, will examine how the presence of large populations of refugees in camps over long periods of time has affected the quality, quantity, and usage of natural resources.

ISIM’s Priorities for U.S. Immigration Reform

A panel of five public policy experts and researchers convened at Copley Formal Lounge to discuss the most urgent priorities for potential immigration reform. The panel focused on the findings of the report Priorities for U.S. Immigration Reform, published by Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM).

John R. McNeill on Environmental History and International Affairs

Professor John Robert McNeill spoke with E-International Relations about the impact of environmental history on policy decisions and international relations. On the importance of studying ecological history, he said, “Human history is a subset of ecological history and, for many subjects but not all, best understood within that matrix.”

ISIM Publishes Report on Priorities for U.S. Immigration Reform

The Institute for the Study of International Migration, with the support of the MacArthur Foundation, organized a series of public presentations, as well as expert roundtables that addressed the multiple challenges of immigration reform. The aim of the project was to inform debate on immigration reform, with a focus on addressing the challenges of implementation. This final report summarizes those debates.