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SPIA Faculty Awarded a Total of ~$1.3 Million in Grants

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Center for International Trade and Security

Globis

Jul 2016

Over the past few weeks, several SPIA faculty members have been recommended for or received several prestigious grant awards totaling approximately $1.3 million dollars.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recommended for award three SPIA proposals submitted during the spring 2016 funding cycle. The recommended proposals include:

• Christy Boyd, Scott Ainsworth, and Michael Lynch’s project “Judging Disabilities: Social Security Administration Appeals in the Federal Trial Courts” which will explore federal trial court appellate review of denied Social Security Administration (SSA) disability claims brought between 1997 and 2014 to better understand why as many as 50 percent of the SSA’s disability determinations reviewed by the federal district courts are reversed and remanded.

• Jamie Monogan and Jeff Gill's (Washington University in St. Louis) project "Smooth National Measurement of Public Opinion across Boundaries and Levels: A View from the Bayesian Spatial Approach" which will reevaluate spatial modeling in political science by implementing software for public distribution using a new modeling approach for understanding public sentiment/opinion by micro-level geographic region based on Bayesian hierarchical spatial modeling with kriging.

• Chad Clay, Thorin Wright (Arizona State University), Reed Wood (Arizona State University), and Chris Farriss' (Univ. of Michigan) project "Sub-national Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP)” which will construct a new dataset that captures instances of political repression at the sub-national level that will support future studies of the subnational occurrence of repression and better explain variation in repression more generally.

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CITS conducts strategic trade control outreach in Chile

Center for International Trade and Security

Jul 2016

The Center for International Trade and Security organized a series of briefings from June 28-30 for the government of Chile and Chile’s main industry association, SOFOFA, in support of Chile’s efforts to strengthen and modernize its strategic trade control system.

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CITS holds event for China’s chemical industry

Center for International Trade and Security

May 2016

CITS is partnered with the China Controlled Chemicals Association (CCCA) to hold a successful chemical industry workshop in Nanjing, China from May 18-19, 2016. This event marked the first collaboration of the new partnership between these two organizations. The workshop was designed to help Chinese chemical firms understand the proliferation risks of sensitive chemicals and equipment as well as international compliance management practices.

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Baldwin Hall Construction Update

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Center for International Trade and Security

Globis

May 2016

Construction at Baldwin Hall is underway and is slated to be complete by May 2017. The roughly $8 million project, with funding provided by the Georgia General Assembly, includes construction of a 10,800-square-foot Baldwin Hall Annex and renovations to the existing building.

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Applications for CITS GRA positions are now open

Center for International Trade and Security

May 2016

CITS offers graduate research assistantships (GRA) to two outstanding MIP graduate students interested in international trade and security issues. The GRA offers a stipend and tuition waiver. However, students are liable for their graduate fees. All MIP ISN students are encouraged to apply for the two available CITS GRA positions. Applications for Fall 2016 intake are due by 5:00PM on May 27, 2016.

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CITS hosts training for Chinese nuclear security center

Center for International Trade and Security

Apr 2016

CITS hosted a two week training program for a delegation from the China State Nuclear Security Technology Center (SNSTC), led by Deputy Director General Mr. LI, Sen from April 4 – 15, 2016 in Athens, Georgia. CITS and SNSTC enjoy a continuous collaboration in nuclear trade compliance and nuclear security culture. This exchange is part of a two-year program designed to provide capacity building and an innovative approach for the newly established Center of Excellence (CoE) in China. The project is generously supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY)

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CITS/UGA cooperation heralded by Indonesia at Nuclear Security Summit

Center for International Trade and Security

Apr 2016

The ongoing cooperation between the Center for International Trade & Security and the Indonesia National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) was heralded at the recent Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC. One expert and longtime partner from BATAN, Mr. Khairul, also participated in the parallel Nuclear Industry Summit. CITS Distinguished Fellow Dr. Igor Khripunov has worked with BATAN over the past decade to help establish a proactive base of nuclear security culture knowledge in Indonesia, conducting wide outreach to the region as a whole on nuclear security and nuclear security culture

National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia

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CITS Director meets with China Controlled Chemicals Association in Beijing

Center for International Trade and Security

Mar 2016

CITS Director, Dr. Scott Jones,recently met with Mr. YI, Guojun, the Secretary General of China Controlled Chemicals Association (CCCA) in Beijing. CCCA was established in April 1996 to assist industry with CWC compliance. It provides professional services to members in treaty compliance and inspection. The meeting was an initial engagement in a partnership with CCCA to organize industry outreach training for the chemical industry in Nanjing, China in May 2016.

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CITS conducts nuclear security culture training in Morocco

Center for International Trade and Security

Jan 2016

CITS hosted a training workshop for over 20 academics and nuclear regulators and operators from Algeria, Brazil, Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa on Nuclear Security Culture: Achieving Effectiveness and Sustainability in Morocco, Rabat between January 25-27, 2016. . The workshop was co-hosted by CITS and the University of Ibn Tofail (Morocco), and was funded by the United States Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS).

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CITS nuclear security event heralded in Moroccan press

Center for International Trade and Security

Jan 2016

The Moroccan Maghreb Daily newspaper published an article announcing a nuclear security culture workshop being held in Rabat, Morocco by CITS in cooperation with the University of Ibn Tofail, Morocco. The workshop, taking place January 25 - 27, will provide training in three distinct themes of nuclear security, namely the concept and importance of nuclear security culture, the IAEA methodology on nuclear security culture, and improvement and sustainability of nuclear security culture.

The Maghreb Daily