Faculty Research at SFS

Arsenault Debuts New Book On Norms in Torture Debate

Just released from Columbia University Press, Arsenault’s book, How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture, looks at the history of the American norm against torturing prisoners and what changed following the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Syrian Men as Vulnerable: Rethinking Refugee Categorization

This article by Professor Rochelle Davis is based on research conducted between 2013 and 2015 in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. These personal accounts shed light on the particular vulnerability of men in conflict, the role of conscription in forced migration, and the personal choices people make to not pick up arms. This article was originally published in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies’ Newsmagazine, Fall/Winter 2017.

Emily Mendenhall Leads Popular Series on New Way to Understand Health and Inequality in Lancet

Dr. Emily Mendenhall, assistant professor in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program, published a series of papers in the Lancet medical journal, on syndemics. “The concept of syndemics stresses the importance of looking beyond medical factors to see how diseases come together through macro-social forces, offering a different framework for thinking about — and reacting to — health and healthcare inequities,” Mendenhall explains.

Widerquist Questions Claims of Human Prehistory

A new book about prehistory, co-authored by Professor Karl Widerquist at SFS in Qatar (SFS-Q), questions whether people are better off because of the existence of government and property rights.

Lagon on U.S. Role in Future of UNHCR

Professor Mark P. Lagon examined the legacy of recent U.S. leadership of the U.N. Human Rights Council and the potential future of the UNHCR in research published by the Council on Foreign Relations.

CIRS Fellow Mohamed Zayani Receives Book Prize

CIRS Research Fellow Mohamed Zayani’s book on cyber activism has been awarded the 2016 Toyin Falola Africa Book Award, which is conferred by the Association of Global South Studies (AGSS) to recognize the best book on Africa.

Hoffman Article on Global Terror Threat in CTC Sentinel

Professor Bruce Hoffman, in an article for the CTC Sentinel, discusses counterterrorism challenges facing the next presidential administration. In the article, he discusses the continuing threat of ISIS, along with the growing threat of al-Qaida and other violent extremist groups.

Gallucci and Cha Discuss New Policy and Strategy for North Korea

Professor Victor Cha and Professor Robert Gallucci compiled research for the George W. Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Initiative on the need for the next U.S. presidential administration to devise a new strategy and policy regarding North Korea. In the report, the risks posed by North Korea to the United States are highlighted.

Daoudy explores factors behind Syria-Turkey relations

Professor Marwa Daoudy recently published “The Structure-Identity Nexus: Syria and Turkey’s Collapse (2011)” with Cambridge Review of International Affairs. This research looks at structural and identity-based factors to explain the shift in Syria and Turkey’s relationship following the Arab Spring.