With the world careening into one crisis after another, students from Dr. Gorman's International Organization class met in the department’s Moot Courtroom to stage a Model Security Council debate. Students, representing current member states of the UN Security Council and other invited member states, are debating the Syrian crisis and related terrorist attack in Paris, as well as the crisis in Ukraine and the increasingly tense situation in the South China Sea. Having concluded general debate over the Syrian crisis and the related terrorist attacks in Paris, the Council finished general debate on the Ukraine and the South China sea, and took up substantive debate on resolutions to the Ukrainian crisis.
Students from Dr. Gorman's International Law class litigate the Falkland Islands dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom in the Political Science Department's Moot Courtroom. Judges Collin Magers, Olivia Catalano, Josh Hinojosa, Marcus Verngren and Tasha Zand receive arguments from the Argentina legal team of Liz Riley, Samantha Paul, and Kelli Kennedy and the UK legal team composed of Bre Boss, Gemma Parmar and Gus Chavez. In upcoming class meetings, students will litigate cases involving the International Criminal Court Prosecutor's indictment of President Bashir of Sudan on charges of genocide and war crimes and try a ripening dispute between Bolivia and Chile over Bolivia's access to the Pacific Ocean.
On Thursday, November 19, 2015, a MA in Political Science student, Chase Donnelly, gave a talk at a GrInklings event. His talk explored the impact of social media on regime change. A discussion followed with the faculty and graduate students in attendance.