August 4, 2015

F E A T U R E D   N E W S   I T E M

2015-2016 Academic Year

The ACDIS Program has some exciting events planned for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. Be on the lookout for updates as we get closer to the start of the Fall Semester.
Upcoming Events
Program News & Announcements

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
ACDIS Associate Director Todd C. Robinson recently published an article entitled, "What Do We Mean By Nuclear Proliferation?" in the Nonproliferation Review (Vol. 22.2 1 - March). It can be found here:

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
The ACDIS Program has some exciting events planned for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. Be on the lookout for updates as we get closer to the start of the Fall Semester.

Thursday, July 02nd, 2015
ACDIS is pleased to announce the resumption of its Occasional Paper Series with the publication of an article by Roger Kanet entitled, "The Failed Western Challenge to Russia's Revival in Eurasia." You can find this and other publications at the "Publications" tab on the home screen.

Current Affairs & Policy Analysis

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Simulation participants are each assigned one of six regions that together span the globe. Participants make quinquennial policy decisions on greenhouse gas emissions, recapture of CO2 from the atmosphere, and/or modification of the global albedo. Costs of climate change and of implementing policy decisions impact each region’s gross domestic product. Results are shown where regions most adversely affected by effects of greenhouse gas emissions resort to increases in the earth’s albedo to reduce net solar insolation. These actions induce temperate region countries to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. An example outcome is a trajectory to the year 2195 of atmospheric greenhouse emissions and concentrations, sea level, and global average temperature.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Russia currently cannot be considered an influential player in the global energy market, despite its significant exports and the heavy reliance of Europe on those exports. In the following pages we will argue that the domestic and international vulnerabilities of Russia in its energy sector make it rather a price taker and not an influential energy player on a global scale.2 We believe that Russia could successfully address these issues through the institutions of global energy governance. Russia’s preference, however, would be in the creation of a new energy regime, most likely under the umbrella of the BRICS, rather than participating in institutions constructed by the West.

Spotlight on Students

Larry Harris Jr.

Larry Harris Jr., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015) has recently been selected as a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow with the U.S. Department of State.  The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.  The Rangel Program selected 30 outstanding Rangel Fellows in this its inaugural year in a highly competitive nationwide process. Rangel Fellows are committed to serving their country and promoting positive change globally. 

"This fellowship will support Larry through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service. He has been admitted to Cornell, American, George Washington and Syracuse for graduate school."

Larry has been active with ACDIS to the extent his busy schedule has permitted. The past semester, Larry interned for the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, where he served as Public Affairs and Social Media Coordinator for Secretary of State John Kerry during the Iran talks. This summer Larry will complete a congressional internship in DC and an overseas State Department internship the following summer.
Congratulations, Larry!