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    Prague Winter

    A thought-provoking discussion on Madeleine Albright's latest book.

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    Letter from the Director 2013

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    2012 Lepgold Winner: Alliance Formation in Civil Wars, Fotini Christia

    The 2012 Lepgold Prize has been awarded to Professor Fotini Christia (MIT) for her book, Alliance Formation in Civil Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Officially opened in January 2003, the Mortara Center for International Studies promotes scholarly, interdisciplinary research by faculty and students, advancing policy-relevant knowledge about international political, social, and economic issues, and generating communities of research and practice on key global concerns.

The Latest from the Mortara Center

  • In the News: Ukraine
    March 25, 2014
    At a recent event with Professors Charles King, Kathleen McNamara and Angela Stent, Dr. Stent answered the now common questions: “Is this a new Cold War?” “No,” she said, “but it sure feels like it.” During the Cold War, both sides behaved according to fairly predictable patters, but Stent noted that with the annexation of Crimea, “we [the West] do not know what the rules of the game are anymore.”
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  • MURF Symposium
    First Annual MURF Symposium
    February 27, 2014
    Before a room of several dozen students, faculty, and community members, six of the current Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows (MURFs) presented their research projects and discussed their experience with Georgetown University’s newest undergraduate research program. The program, launched in the Spring of 2012, provides the opportunity for three SFS freshmen per year to engage in a 4-year long research relationship with a faculty mentor and learn the hands-on research skills they need to be able to generate high-quality, independent research by the time they graduate from Georgetown.
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  • Book Talk: Petro-Aggression with Jeff Colgan
    February 20, 2014
    On February 20, Professor Jeff Colgan of American University discussed his new book Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War (Cambridge University Press 2013).
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    Book Talk: Gary Bass, Blood Telegram
    February 6, 2014
    In a talk given February 6th, author Gary Bass discussed his book The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide. The talk was moderated by Christine Fair and introduced by Mortara Director, Kathleen McNamara. The Blood Telegram explores the role that Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger played in supporting Pakistan’s military dictatorship, a decision that led to a string of consequences that dramatically altered Asia’s future.
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    "The Network" Film Screening and Discussion
    January 13, 2014
    The Mortara Center kicked off the new year with a documentary film showing and interesting conversation on January 13, 2014. Eva Orner (Oscar winning producer) and Saad Mohseni (head of Afghanistan’s MOBY Media Group), together with Amb. Cynthia Schneider (Georgetown) discussed Orner’s documentary “The Network” and the effect that media has had within Afghan society.
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    Book Talk: Hot Spotter's Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste
    November 21, 2013
    In the November 21st discussion of her book Hot Spotter's Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste, Georgetown Professor Shiloh R. Krupar challenged biopolitical aspects of the military complex. She discussed the damaging effects of military industrialism on the environment and public health.
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  • Fotini Christia
    2012 Lepgold Lecture: Alliance Formation in Civil Wars
    November 11, 2013
    On November 11th, the 2012 Lepgold Book Prize recipient Professor Fontina Christia (MIT) discussed her book, Alliance Formation in Civil Wars, at the Annual Lepgold Lecture at the Mortara Center. Lepgold committee member Andrew Bennett presented her with the medal honoring the late Georgetown professor, Joseph Lepgold. Other committee members, Kathleen McNamara and David Edelstein, were joined by a number of faculty and students for the lively lecture and Q&A session.
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    The Terrorist's Dilemma
    October 10, 2013
    On Thursday, October 10, Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University) introduced his new book, The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations, to a packed room at the Mortara Center.
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  • Making Citizens in Africa
    Book Launch: Making Citizens in Africa
    October 2, 2013
    On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Georgetown Professor Lahra Smith presented her new book, Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender, and National Identity in Ethiopia, to 30 students and faculty members.
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    The Way of the Knife: The CIA, A Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
    September 12, 2013
    The day after the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Mazzetti relayed the story of how this tragic and historic event transformed the Central Intelligence Agency and propelled it toward its current campaign of targeted killings in Pakistan.
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    Democracy Under Fire? Egypt, Turkey, and Brazil, and a Summer of Discontent
    September 4, 2013
    In the Mortara Center’s kick-off event of the 2013-14 academic year, professors Charles King, Kathleen McNamara, James Vreeland, Diana Kapiszewski discussed the recent protests in Egypt, Turkey, and Brazil.
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  • Alliance Formation Christia
    2012 Lepgold Winner: Alliance Formation in Civil Wars, Fotini Christia
    September 9, 2013
    The 2012 Lepgold Prize has been awarded to Professor Fotini Christia (MIT) for her book, Alliance Formation in Civil Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
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