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Interested in security studies? Check out the PTIR Symposium tomorrow!

There’s a subsection of International Relations studies that holds two colloquial labels these days: “Guns and Bombs stuff” and “protesty, big mob chanting, dictator overthrowing kinda stuff.” If either of these labels interest you, you might want to check out this event that’s going on tomorrow.

The Wesleyan “Program for Terrorism and Insurgency Research” (PTIR) is a research initiative started and organized by Government Professor and local bad-ass Erica Chenoweth, with help from QAC big-wig Emmanuel “Manono” Kaparakis and post-doc researcher Orion Lewis. Every summer, it holds an internship program where a bunch of students are stuffed into a room in Allbritton where they code stuff, do stuff with statistics, and write stuff on a research paper. And then on one particular day in the following academic year, they hold a symposium to display the fruits of their sweaty labor.

Tomorrow is that day. Held in Allbritton 311, this symposium is a day-long event that involves student research presentations, discussion with various prominent International Relations scholars, a film screening, and a lecture on the recent Egyptian Revolution. So, if you’re up for it, do come by. It’s completely open, so feel free to walk and leave as you please.

Date: Tomorrow, March 9th
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place: Allbritton, unless stated otherwise
Cost: Free

A more detailed schedule can be found after the jump.

Asst. Gov. Prof. Chenoweth guestposts on “The Monkey Cage”

In light of the Middle Eastern revolutions, Wesleyan Gov. professor and professional badass Erica Chenoweth wrote a guest-post a couple of days ago in the political science blog The Monkey Cage, arguing for non-violent conflict studies to be considered a primary (or at least, an important) dimension in security studies. She was later quoted in political commentator Andrew Sullivan‘s blog, The Daily Dish.

Now, in case you didn’t know, Chenoweth is the head honcho of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR) here at Wesleyan, which she started in 2008. (For more information on the program, go here. Also, PTIR is looking for research interns this summer, and the deadline for applications is tomorrow. For that, go here.) Prof. Chenoweth is also a mad-cool person, and you should drop by her office and say hi.

She’s also an affiliate of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), an independent non-profit (and apparently apolitical) organization that seeks to promote the study and practice of nonmilitary and nonviolent strategies in achieving political and social goals. On a related note, ICNC Senior Advisor Hardy Merriman was here this past Tuesday to give a poli-sci breakdown of the Egyptian protests. It, too, was mad-cool. Happy second-last day prior to Spring Break!

[Thanks to Shoutbox Poster for the tip!]